April 5, 2017

The Package

Health and Wellbeing: SPHE 1 is a brand new textbook, written specifically for the new Junior Cycle.

Student Textbook

  • Covers the four strands, strand units and learning outcomes of the SPHE short course
  • Each strand addresses each of the Eight Key Skills of the new Junior Cycle
  • Uses understandable and age-appropriate language
  • Follows best practice in addressing the health and wellbeing needs of young people
  • Includes new and age-appropriate units on mental health, mindfulness, stress management and relaxation
  • Easy-to-read, bright and attractive design, with full-colour illustrations and engaging photos
  • Learning Outcomes for each unit
  • Not a ‘one size fits all’ lesson-based textbook – allows class groups the flexibility to progress through each lesson plan at their own pace
  • Includes a wide range of activities and assessment techniques which acknowledge the different learning styles and varying needs of students
  • Key words are listed at the beginning of each unit and explained
  • Variety of assessment techniques used
  • ‘Learning Logs’ provide students with opportunities to reflect on their learning and keep a record of it, facilitating the completion of classroom-based assessments and keeping student journals
  • Suggestions for exemplars and activities to be included in student collections of work


Teacher’s Resource Book

  • Provides practical guidelines for the implementation of the textbook activities
  • Includes extra theoretical background to topics and alternative activities
  • Workable suggestions for mixed-ability teaching
  • Solutions to quizzes and crosswords
  • Further useful website suggestions for teacher use
  • Tips for dealing with sensitive material
  • Information on recommendations from recent SPHE subject inspections and how Health and Wellbeing: SPHE 1 addresses them
  • Outlines available digital resources for each strand and suggests ideas for classroom integration


Digital Resources

Teachers can access the Health and Wellbeing: SPHE 1 interactive e-book at www.edcolearning.ie, as well as a bank of free digital resources, including:

  • A series of PowerPoints covering a range of key topics, including settling in at school, dealing with peer pressure and different forms of wellbeing
  • Lively scenario-based animations to stimulate classroom discussion
  • Worksheets to accompany the animations
  • A comprehensive list of weblinks for each unit
  • Partner resources: exclusive additional resources and information from Reachout.com.

Digital resources are referenced in both the Student Textbook and the Teacher’s Resource Book.


FREE e-book

  • Students and teachers can download their free Health and Wellbeing: SPHE 1 e-book by visiting www.edcolearning.ie/code