Take the Challenge teacher resources target four key messages: 1. be more active, 2. drink water and 3. eat healthy food to 4. beat disease.
Take the Challenge teacher resources
Kitchen Garden Classroom
The Kitchen Garden classroom developed by Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF) offers ELC, Primary and secondary schools the opportunity to engage in curriculum based hands on learning.
TravelSmart to School
Starting over 20 years ago as TravelSmart and evolving and growing into Your Move, this schools program is all about encouraging kids to walk, ride their bike or scoot to school, and creating healthier, happier kids while reducing congestion around schools. A passionate community of school champions are helping to teach their students positive behaviours around active transport that they can continue throughout their entire lives.
Schools signed up to Your Move receive support and information to help them organise engaging activities like classroom lesson plans that are aligned to the WA school curriculum, fun event days, or behind-the-scenes stuff like improving a school’s bike and scooter parking. As schools complete these activities they earn points for their school that can be redeemed for a great range of items in the online shop like bike education sessions, t-shirts, helmets and other great rewards.
Bluearth programs are all about using movement to create happy, healthy, engaged children. The Active Schools program is delivered over a school year, providing movement sessions for students and professional development for classroom teachers. The program’s long-term approach in a school guides teachers through a gradual release of responsibility model progressing from observation and engagement to delivery of the program themselves. Throughout the program there is also an emphasis on engaging the wider school community in physically active events. The Active School program has three variants dependent on setting and target audience: Early Childhood, Leadership and Mindful Movement programs.
A typical Bluearth session would incorporate some of Bluearth’s six elements of movement: Core movement, dynamic movement, skill activities, challenges and games, coordination and agility and movement in the environment. Sessions are usually flexible and seek to engage with the group in the best way possible; creating an environment where difficulties and successes are discussed and shared. Included are mindfulness aspects focused on breath and mindful movement and encourage participants to reflect on their experiences in a safe environment.
Fitness & Skill Testing with full electronic reporting
Baseline testing and reporting with National comparisons including full individual electronic reports for students and families. Currently the largest database in the world with over 40,000 students, with high reliability and validity.
From the testing, Sports Challenge in partnership with schools will develop Daily PE sessions, PE and sport programs for students aged 5 years to 17 years.
Professional Development and training is available for staff and community stakeholders.
Cloud – Young Carer School Engagement Program
Carers WA ‘CLOUD’ Program aims to actively engage with students, educators and parents, increasing awareness and supports for young carers within the education system. The ‘CLOUD’ Program offers a unique service within schools to raise awareness and support young carer students, parents and educators. Carers WA can deliver whole school presentations and classroom workshops, as well as support groups for students, educators and parents of young carers. The program is flexible and can be tailored around each school’s individual needs.
Tools for Teachers
Evidence-based Brain Breaks in the Classroom.
This two, four or six hour workshop will empower you with basic principles, tools, and practice teaching experiences to integrate short 3-15 minute chair yoga breaks with children or teens. You will learn chair yoga tools to promote health, learning, and achievement.
Through interactive practice teaching and feedback activities, you will gain confidence in identifying challenging times during your child’s or teen’s day and successfully utilising yoga tools to shift them into a more positive state of mind. You will graduate from this workshop with the understanding and confidence to share chair yoga tools with the children or teens in your life.
Wellbeing for Schools – Yoga and Mindfulness.
Unique wellbeing programs customised to your school needs and budget. Yoga classes and mindfulness activities are facilitated by a YOGA Ed. certified teacher and can be held during school hours, as part of a before/after school program or as part of an enrichment program.
Our evidence based in-school yoga can be curriculum aligned and integrated as part of e.g. Health Education, Physical Education, Science, Geography/History and Literacy. Term programs can also address overall vision goals of schools, such as resilience, social emotional learning, community, academic performance/focus and more.
Each class includes: yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, stretching/strengthening, mindful movement, discussion/reflection and mindful art (tbd).
Professional Development Workshops
Bluearth Foundation offers several professional development workshops. Workshops suit classroom teachers. educators and other professionals who work with children. Bluearth can provide workshops free of charge at your institution by way of hosting a workshop for the region or, a private workshop for the institution for a cost per workshop. Workshops currently offered are:
– Introduction to Bluearth workshop
– Six Elements workshop (core movement, dynamic movement, coordination and agility, challenges and games, skill activities and movement in the environment)
– Early Childhood workshop
– Leadership workshop
The sport of Pool Lifesaving involves students learning how to conduct water rescues in a safe and fun environment. The program can be easily incorporated into your current swim program, swim club or school sports. Have the Sport Development Program Officer visit your pool and teach you all the skills needed to run this popular program.
Animal Fun is an evidenced based program designed by physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists from Curtin University to improve physical activity and mental health in young children. Within an imaginary play scape, children imitate the movements and sounds of various animals, with each activity carefully designed to target key muscle groups, gross and fine motor skills, coordination and social skills development. Simple to use and implement into the everyday routines and rituals of the child. Fun and engaging for kids. Animal Fun also supports parental involvement with the Animal Fun@Home book. Imagine. Move. Improve.
Community Nutrition Education Programs
Spotscreen recognises the vital role of schools as leaders in the promotion of healthy eating and active living. Working alongside school policies and standards Spotscreen has developed nutrition education programs including school cooking classes, nutrition seminars and workshops for parents and children.