Year 8 Health and Personal Development

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


This unit is structured to enable students to identify the challenges faced during the lifespan stage of adolescence. To equip them with critical literacy skills to critique the mixed messages presented to them by society, with God’s word as the reference point and standard.

Through discussion, investigation, collaborative and individual work, students will explore a range of influences on personal and family food selection, and identify major nutritional needs for growth and activity. They will analyse the advertising techniques used by the media to sell their products, and consider the ways in which they, personally, have been influenced by advertisements. Students will identify the physical, social and emotional changes that take place during adolescence, and consider the risks involved with experimenting with different types of drugs.

Course Objectives

By the end of Year 8, the students should be able to:

  • Describe the physical, social and emotional changes that take place during adolescence.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role genetics plays in determining appearance.
  • Identify and explain the factors that impact upon an individual’s body image.
  • Explain how God views his creation.
  • Explain how advertisers manipulate images using programs such as Photoshop.
  • Investigate and implement a range of persuasive techniques used by advertisers.
  • Explain the nutrients important for consumption by adolescents.
  • Identify the food sources of a variety of nutrients.
  • Explain the concept of recommended dietary intakes (RDI’s).
  • Identify the dietary guidelines for children and adolescents.
  • Identify and explain potential negative health outcomes as a result of over and/or under-consumption of specific nutrients.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the various types of drugs and their impact on the health and development of adolescents.
  • Display a sound understanding of peer pressure and strategies to withstand it.
  • Understanding human relations and reproduction.
  • Identify online safety and friendships (cyber safe).


Key concepts are:

  • Developing a healthy body image.
  • The nutrients and their food sources required for optimal health and development during adolescence.
  • The physical, social and emotional changes that occur during adolescence.
  • The dangers associated with drug use and strategies to withstand peer pressure.


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

  • Teacher observation of cooperative behaviours
  • Completion, and organisation of workbook tasks
  • Collection and collation of data in tables and graphs
  • Completion of posters
  • Completion of an annotated advertisement
  • Participation in classroom, debates and discussions