You are here

Lesson Two – Back

Back to Napo for teachers teachers

Be Body Wise with Napo

Note: Though it is possible to use these lessons as separate units, it is recommended to work through each plan in logical succession
Be Body Wise with Napo

This toolkit introduces the importance of protecting the skin and back from simple, everyday risks. Through a series of tasks and activities, the toolkits aim to help children recognise risk to physical health and safety from avoidable behaviour, to predict similar risks in new situations and to explain how to avoid such risks.

Teacher guidance:

It is never too early to introduce children to the basic safety concepts that for adults come under the umbrella of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).

Napo is a charming character who can help children think, understand and act on safety issues. To find out more about Napo, click here: Who is Napo There is a wide range of Napo films, so please feel free to explore them and use in your own classes.

Some of the basic safety concepts in this lesson plan can link to curriculum already being taught. This resource presents a range of great ideas which you can use to help integrate these safety concepts into your lessons. It can work as a lesson or be part of a wider project. It links to other subjects, as shown, but its main purpose is to use the engaging Napo films to teach children about how to take care of their bodies and avoid long-term damage, although not every risk the body faces is included here. In fact, this project focuses on risks to the skin (the back is covered in lesson two), but please check the Napo website for films covering other risks to the body, such as to the eyes, if you would like to incorporate those into your lessons.

The grid overleaf gives an overview of potential activities, objectives and resources required for the session. This is followed by a more detailed example three-part lesson plan with an idea for extending the lesson. In this lesson children will use the Napo video clips to discover the risks to their own physical health and safety and how to protect them- selves against such risks.

This lesson can lead into a story writing work where the pupils can put some of the dangers they have been considering into a real context.

If you need more information on basic safety and health topics raised in this project, you can find it in the corresponding helpsheet for this lesson plan in the third section.

Learning Objectives

To recognise risks to physical health and safety

To predict similar risks in new situations

To explain how to avoid such risks

Activity Overview - See lesson plan for further detail

40/45 minutes

Watch the Napo clip provided with this session from the film: Lighten the Load

Divide and rule

Think to move

Hold me tight

PC scene

Discussion about our bodies and how vulnerable they can be to damage through sitting, lifting, standing incor- rectly. Think about ways we can protect our backs from getting damaged by avoiding these risks. On the body shape template place the warnings about risks to the back and advice on how to keep healthy.

EXTENSION WORK-Napo’s Hazard Holiday

Write or act out a story about when Napo goes on a holiday and learns about the risks to his body with specific reference to the back.

This could include:

Picking up a heavy suitcase

Playing too long on a computer game

Resources Required

Napo film clip (provided)

Plain white paper and pencils

 Large body shape template (provided)

Warning signs e.g. don’t slouch at the computer

Good advice to stick on body template e.g. sit up straight

Links to subjects/curriculum

Personal, social and health education

Rules for and ways of keeping safe

To evaluate risks to personal health and limit them where possible

Physical Education

To assess the risk within any physical activity and respond with preventive behaviours


To recognise warning signs and labels and take notice of them

Citizenship/Education for civil life

To recognise hazards, assess consequent risks and risk control

Foreign/Native Language

Writing simple sentences to complete a story with a beginning, middle and end structure

Be Body Wise with Napo Lesson Two – Back

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common work-related health problem in Europe, affecting millions of workers - at some point in their life as many as 90 percent of people will suffer from back pain, upper limb disorders, and repetitive strain injuries.

Go to top