Remind the children of the last session, where they learnt that they are created by God, and our bodies are special and good.
Like all good gifts that we are given (iPads, toys, bikes etc), we have to take good care of them.
Explain that the class are going to hear a story about a girl who might need their help to look after herself…
Play the film: ‘Not So Super Susie’ part 1.
Encourage children to click their fingers (or pretend!) when she does.
The second half of the story is interspersed with interactive discussion and teaching slides. Let the children come up with their own ideas about how to help Susie, and then click to reveal and review the key teaching points, adapting the content as you see fit for your class.
Before returning to the next part of the film, give children a few minutes to fill in the relevant part of their ‘How to be Super!’ worksheet, where they should write or draw what they have learned. These sheets could go home with children for them to discuss with their families.
Can you help Susie? What should she do? – Diet
• We need to eat a healthy, balanced diet
• That means having protein (meat, fish, eggs, nuts, pulses), lots of vitamins and minerals (fruits and vegetables at least 5 a day) and good carbohydrates (rice, potatoes, bread)
• Burgers, chocolate and sweets are full of fat and sugar that can be bad for our bodies and our teeth. A little bit every now and then is OK, but not all the time.
• Eat three balanced meals a day and up to two healthy snacks.
• Eat the right size amount of food for you (not four burgers in a row!); not too much, not too little.
• Fizzy pop is full of sugar and not good for our bodies or our teeth. Water is much better! Try to drink six to eight glasses a day.
• Helping prepare food can make you more excited to eat it – why don’t you ask to help prepare food at home?
Play the film: ‘Not So Super Susie’ part 2.
Can you help Susie? What should she do? – Clean Clothes
• It’s important to wear clean clothes. If we wore the same clothes all the time, they would get dirty and start to smell.
• That doesn’t mean brand new clean clothes from a shop – just make sure your clothes are washed regularly.
• Underwear is different. Underwear covers our private parts, which can get the most sweaty. This includes socks: our feet are covered in sweat glands and can get sweaty and smelly as we’re on our feet a lot!
• Remember it’s especially important to change your socks and underwear every day! And put the dirty ones in the washing basket – not all over your bedroom floor!
Play the film: ‘Not So Super Susie’ part 3.
Can you help Susie? What should she do? – Handwashing
• Never eat with dirty hands!
• Our hands collect lots of germs from the things we touch through the day. How many of you have touched these things today?
o Computer screens and keyboards
o Door handles
o Toilet flushes
• When we touch things, we pick up germs and spread them around by rubbing our eyes, putting things in our mouths etc.
• We can even spread them to our friends and family without realising!
• Some germs can make us feel unwell, from a cold to a tummy bug or worse.
• Washing our hands with clean, warm water and soap will kill off the germs and keep our hands clean. And don’t forget to clean your nails!
• When should we wash them?
o When they are dirty!
o Before we eat or help prepare food
o After touching animals
o After using the toilet
o After we sneeze, cough or blow our noses
o Before AND after visiting someone who is unwell
Play the film: ‘Not So Super Susie’ part 4.
Can you help Susie? What should she do? – Washing regularly
• Firstly, well done for exercising Susie! It’s very important for our health to exercise regularly and be active every day.
• We all sweat (especially when we exercise) and if we don’t wash, we become dirty and smelly – nobody wants that!
• Bath time can be fun, but remember to wash yourself properly too.
• Think about what areas need extra cleaning – under our arms, between our legs and our feet!
• Use shampoo to keep your hair clean. If we don’t wash our hair regularly, it can look greasy as oils start to build up on our scalp.
Play the film: ‘Not So Super Susie’ part 5.
Can you help Susie? What should she do? – Sleep
• Sleep is really important! Just like mobile phones need recharging, our bodies need recharging through sleep.
• Children who in school should try to have 9-11 hours of sleep per day, including naps
• A large meal before bed might keep you awake, but a glass of warm milk may help you sleep better.
• If we are inactive (don’t move around lots) in the day, we might struggle to sleep. Make sure you are exercising regularly!
Play the film: ‘Not So Super Susie’ part 6.
Can you help Susie? What should she do? – Teeth brushing
• It is recommended that we brush our teeth twice each day, for around two minutes
• We should visit the dentist every six months for a check up.
• Brushing properly removes plaque. Plaque can cause cavities (holes), toothache, gum disease and even our teeth to fall out!
• It also gives us lovely fresh breath and stops our teeth feeling fuzzy!
Play the film: ‘Not So Super Susie’ part 7.
You can be Super too. What do you need to do to be Super like Susie?
• Eat a healthy balanced diet and drink lots of water
• Brush your teeth twice a day for around 2 minutes
• Wash your face and body everyday, especially under your arms, your feet and between your legs
• Wear clean clothes, wash them regularly
• Wash your hands before eating and after going to the toilet
• Get lots of exercise and lots of sleep
Can you think of any extras?
• Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, and then wash your hands straightaway!
Children to complete the mix and match exercise in groups. They should pair the activity with the description. This could be made into a game, where one half of the group have the pictures and puts one on the table, the rest of the group have to ‘play’ the correct description.
If preferred, this could be a cut and stick exercise as individuals or groups, or used on another day to consolidate learning.
Ask children to come back to the carpet, review the morning routine suggestions. Discuss any differences in order.
Learn the new verse of the class song, then recap the chorus, first verse and sing the whole thing. The new verse today is all about maintaining our health and personal hygiene because our bodies are important and they need looking after!