Year 7 Health and Personal Development

A semester-long subject taken by all students, either in first or second semester.


This unit has been designed to give students the opportunity to explore ways of dealing with the physical, social and emotional aspects of the transition from primary to secondary school.  It also deals with changes associated with the lifespan stage of adolescence, taking God’s word as a guide and pattern of behaviour.

Students use a variety of mediums to identify the health concerns of young people and the strategies that are designed to improve their health. They describe the health resources, products and services available for young people and consider how they could be used to improve health. Students gain an understanding of the physical, social and emotional changes experienced during adolescence, and identify the potential consequences of participating in risk-taking behaviours.

Course Objectives

The curriculum aims to promote each student’s ability to manage themselves individually and as part of a group either at home, school or in a wider community setting.  They are given opportunities to work in a safe environment and to develop in confidence and self esteem.

By the end of Year 7, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the value of establishing and maintaining a healthy diet.
  • Identify the changes that they are experiencing.
  • Discuss ways in which they can support their friends and help deal with these changes.
  • Rehearse strategies for countering actual or threatened harm against self or others.
  • Discuss what constitutes bullying, its effects and why it is difficult to go to adults about this.
  • Discuss the impact of the use of tobacco on individuals and the community.
  • Identify a social environment that is supportive of the social and emotional development that occurs during adolescence.
  • Describe some of the pressures on young people.
  • Identify the potential consequences of risk taking behaviours
  • Identify who to go to about personal problems.
  • Understanding human relations and reproduction.

Key concepts include:

  • Strategies designed to maintain or improve health.
  • Making decisions about health issues.
  • Health resources, products and services that are available to individuals and groups.
  • The physical, social and emotional changes that occur during adolescence]
  • Risk taking behaviours and their potential consequences.


Assessment of this subject takes place in a number of ways, including:

  • Teacher observation of cooperative behaviours
  • Observation of contribution during class discussions
  • Completion and organisation of workbook tasks
  • Collection and collation of data in charts, posters and models
  • Participation in role plays
  • Completion of posters