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Be Body Wise with Napo: 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.
Teacher guidance
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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.

Learning Objectives
To recognise risks to physical health and safety
To predict similar risks in new situations
To explain how to avoid such risks

5 minutes

Possible activities are:
  • Show a picture or photograph of a skeleton 
Pupils have to estimate an answer to this question – How many bones are in our bodies? (Answer: 280 bones)
  • Discuss with the children if they (or their parents) have ever experienced backproblems

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
Each pupil tells the class what it means to be body wise with specifi c reference to
the back and gives examples.
Test how far pupils have met the learning objectives using the continuum below.
Teacher and students assess their learning using this tool:
  • Gold: I can explain at least three types of risk to my back and how to prevent it.
  • Silver: I can explain two types of risk to my back and how to prevent it.
  • Bronze: I can explain one type of risk to my back and how to prevent it.
Resources required
  • Large body shape template
  • Plain white paper and pencils
  • Warning signs e.g. don’t slouch at the computer
  • Good advice to stick on body template e.g. sit up straigh
  • Hjälpblad för lärare: risker för ryggen
  • Go to video

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