Youth & School

Stress and Me: Years 5-9

Builds an understanding of stress, worry and anxiety and the connection between the three

The details

Co-designed with our lived experience volunteers, this course will help students identify ways to respond positively to challenging situations where stress arises using strategies such as early help-seeking and optimistic thinking, to promote health, safety and well-being in relation to stress for themselves and others. This 1 hour program is complemented with an online interactive. Students will complete quizzes, watch videos including powerful lived experience stories, try out some stress response techniques and finish off by creating their own personal stress response plan.

Download the Teacher and Caregiver resource to consolidate learning in the home or classroom.

After completing the program young people will:

  • Identify ways to respond positively to challenging situations using appropriate strategies including; early help-seeking and optimistic thinking.
  • Begin to develop an understanding of stress and how it can have an impact (both physically and emotionally) in their lives.
  • Participate with community resources and investigate ways to seek help about health, safety and well-being in relation to stress tolerance and the ways we are affected by stress levels.
  • Plan, practice and formulate simple strategies to promote health, safety and well-being in relation to stress.
  • Practice and apply strategies to seek help for themselves and others.

The completion of the face to face or online program links to the Australian Curriculum outcomes:

Year 5-6

  • Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS053)
  • Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS054)
  • Practise skills to establish and manage relationship (ACPPS055)
  • Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships (ACPPS056)
  • Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health,safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (ACPPS058)

Years 7-8

  • Practise and apply strategies to seek help for themselves or others (ACPPS072
  • Investigate the benefits of relationships and examine their impact on their own and others’ health and wellbeing (ACPPS074)
  • Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS073)
  • Analyse factors that influence emotions , and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity (ACPPS075)
  • Evaluate health information and communicate their own and others’ health concerns (ACPPS076)
  • Plan and use health practices, behaviours and resources to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS077)

MIEACT completed an analysis of learning activities in the online program and an examination of content in Years 5-8 Personal Development Health and Physical Education syllabus document as created by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

The following links have been identified:

Stage 3 – Years 5 and 6

  • PD3-2 examines and demonstrates the role help-seeking strategies and behaviours play in supporting themselves and others
  • PD3-6 distinguishes contextual factors that influence health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity which are controllable and uncontrollable
  • PD3-7 proposes and implements actions and protective strategies that promote health, safety, wellbeing and physically active spaces
  • PD3-9 applies and adapts self-management skills to respond to personal and group situations
  • Stage 4 – Years 7 and 8

  • PD4-2 examines and demonstrates the role help-seeking strategies and behaviours play in supporting themselves and others
  • PD4-6 recognises how contextual factors influence attitudes and behaviours and proposes strategies to enhance health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity
  • PD4-7 investigates health practices, behaviours and resources to promote health, safety, wellbeing and physically active communities
  • PD4-9 demonstrates self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations
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