Teacher Resources - Upper Primary

Traditionally, smoking prevention has been used as a context for delivering Health and Physical Education content. However, smoking is more than just a health issue – it has been shown to affect mental health and cognitive function, and has wider social and economic implications for the community. Incorporating smoking prevention in other learning areas such as English, Humanities and Social Sciences or Science, can introduce these varied effects, lead to reinforcement through repetition, and be even more relevant and interesting to children.

Meta-analysis on the effectiveness of classroom tobacco education programs in Australia has found that those which used interactive learning strategies, applied at appropriate ages, were significantly and practically effective in the short and longer term[1], preventing or delaying the onset of smoking amongst young people. Upper primary school is considered one of the most critical time and windows of opportunity[2]

Suitable for use with upper primary school students, these education resources include support material for teachers, and are aligned with the Western Australian Curriculum.

Lesson Plans

What's the harm -cover image Smarter than Smoking Lesson Plan 1: What's the harm?

Pressures to smoke -cover image Smarter than Smoking Lesson Plan 2: Pressures to smoke

What's in a cigarette - cover image Smarter than Smoking Lesson Plan 3: What's in a cigarette - and how does it affect me?

Laws about smoking Smarter than Smoking Lesson Plan 4: Laws about smoking

Challenges and Choices Year 3 - drug education Challenges and Choices Year 3 - Focus Area 2 - Drug Education

Challenges and Choices Year 4 - drug education Challenges and Choices Year 4 - Focus Area 2 - Drug Education

Challenges and Choices Year 5 - drug education Challenges and Choices Year 5 - Focus Area 2 - Drug Education

Challenges and Choices Year 6 - drug education Challenges and Choices Year 6 - Focus Area 2 - Drug Education

References:

[1] Tobler N and Stratton H, quoted in Scollo, MM and Winstanley, MH. Tobacco in Australia: Facts and issues. Melbourne: Cancer Council Victoria; 2016. Available from www.TobaccoInAustralia.org.au

[2] Lloyd C, Joyce R, Hurry J and Ashton M 2000 quoted in Scollo, MM and Winstanley, MH. Tobacco in Australia: Facts and issues. Melbourne: Cancer Council Victoria; 2016. Available from www.TobaccoInAustralia.org.au