Year 1-3 Learning Continuity

Session 17: Health

Presenters: Beglen Garimae Saeni, Noelyn Otari, June Ruma Piatir

Topic: Health


Recap from previous lesson on health education

Key questions:

  • Why is it important to wash our hands?

Firstly, learners, it is important that we wash our hands for cleanliness. Washing of hands is one of the personal hygiene practices that we take to ensure that our hands are clean. And so, when we wash our hands we get rid of dirt which might have germs and our hands are now clean to eat our food.

Parents and teachers, it is very important that we help our learners and children to practice the hand washing skill so that it becomes part of their daily practices. Our children’s attitude towards this practice will be learned through repetition – encouraging it both at school and at home.

  • When do we need to wash our hands?

We should wash our hands:

  1. before we eat or drink
  2. after going to the toilet
  3. after coughing or sneezing
  4. after work or play
  5. after touching animals
  • What do we do when we wash our hands?

First, wet your hands under running water

Next, rub your hands with soap thoroughly

Then, rinse your hands with clean water

Finally, dry your hands with a clean towel


Today’s topic: Healthy Communities and Environment

Our intention is to help learners understand and recognise the features of a clean, tidy home. We also want to help our learners to recognise the features of a healthy school so that they can be involved in the activities to keep the school environment healthy. Finally, we need to help learners understand that clean, healthy villages and public places promotes a healthy population so that our learners know what to do to help keep their school, village and other public areas clean.

Healthy homes

The first activity is for learners to draw a picture of a home they would like to live in that is clean and healthy. They should then describe their home – what it looks like, who lives in the home and where their home is.

Parents can do their best to ensure that these elements of a clean, healthy home are what their children experience. Then children will have a good example and can be involved in contributing to keeping the home clean and healthy.

Healthy homes are:

  • free of rubbish in all parts of the home e.g. kitchen,
  • clean toilet and sanitation facilities
  • everything in the home is in order
  • neat and tidy
  • beautiful and attractive
  • everyone is loved and enjoys living in the home

It is important that parents continue to work to create a clean, healthy home because:

  • a clean, healthy home promotes wellbeing of our children
  • keeping the home clean and tidy provides a healthy environment for children in which to grow, learn and enjoy
  • a clean, healthy home also reduces the risk of injury, becoming sick or contracting disease.

Families clean their homes a little differently depending on the type of home they live in (eg. leaf haus, permanent house) and where they live (village or town).

Another reason to keep our houses clean and tidy is so that we can find things easily and not trip over things. Parents, it can be a good idea to label the different items that we have (eg. in the kitchen, putting labels on trays for different kitchen utensils such as spoons, forks, knives, plates, cups, etc.

Parents and guardians can also create duty lists allocating different members of the household/family to do different activities to keep the house clean. For learners, these activities could include tidying up our beds and washing our clothes. We can learn how to do these things from our parents and family members.

Learner Activity:

On a piece of paper draw a picture showing how you would like your home to be.

Parents and guardians you might like to plan and decide with your child on adding what you would like to do to improve your home to help make it more clean and tidy.

For example:

a) you could draw the picture of your home with more flowers on areas where you could plant some more

b) draw and write a list of the new rules you would like to add to the list, put this list on the wall.

c) talk to your children about any improvements you would like to make to your home.


Healthy Schools

If children can recognise the qualities of a healthy, clean home, this will help them to also recognise and contribute to having a healthy, clean school environment as well.

Learner Activity: Read the statements and decide if they describe a clean healthy school, or an unhealthy school environment:

  1. blocked/smelly toilet _________________
  2. rubbish lying all over the campus _________________
  3. flowers beautifully growing in rows ________________
  4. weeds grow tall and bushy ______________
  5. unnecessary writing and drawing on the classroom walls ________________
  6. learners and others throwing rubbish into the bin _________________
  7. helpful and caring _________________
  8. respect and love __________________

Teachers can set up classroom rules and guidelines for promoting healthy practices, such as throwing rubbish in the bin and discouraging unhealthy practices such as throwing rubbish out the window, not caring for school property.


Healthy Communities

Keeping our communities clean is:

  • healthier for all people who live in the community
  • helps everyone feel happy about where they live
  • helps young people grow up knowing how to look after Solomon Islands.

The same practices that we can do at home and at school helps us to keep our public places clean. For example:

  • throwing rubbish in bins
  • take rubbish home if you have nowhere to dispose them
  • use proper toilets
  • use clean, healthy practices

Learning to help our families keep our homes clean and healthy, also leads to healthy schools and then healthy communities. The attitudes and skills learnt in the home can affect the rest of the community. As parents and teachers, we need to encourage positive attitudes and behaviors, especially as health issues are being witnessed and experienced around our homes, school compounds and public places (especially market places).

Health issues include:

  • public places with a lot of rubbish
  • rivers and streams being used as toilets
  • stains from betelnut spit
  • smoking in public places

It is everyone’s responsibility to work together to make a clean, healthy community.

Learner activity: 

Make a list of activities you can do to keep your home, school and other public places clean and healthy.

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