When physical distancing was introduced across Australia, we all had to adapt the ways in which we communicated and connected with each other. If your students find themselves physically distancing again due to coronavirus (COVID-19), this lesson will support them in remaining connected to their friends.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Online learning

SEL Competencies



Social awareness

Relationship skills

Learning intention

Students will be able to identify a variety of strategies for remaining connected to their friends.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe strategies for remaining socially connected

  • identify different platforms available that enable them to remain socially connected.

Materials needed

  • Student access to the ReachOut.com video 'Staying socially connected during coronavirus-with FlexMami'

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Analyse the impact of changes and transitions, and devise strategies to support themselves and others through these changes (AC9HP8P02)

  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate strategies for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety or wellbeing may be at risk (AC9HP10P08)

  • Evaluate the influence of respect, empathy, power and coercion on establishing and maintaining respectful relationships (AC9HP10P04)

  • Participate in physical activities that promote health and social outcomes to design and evaluate participation strategies for themselves and others (AC9HP10M05)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Social awareness

    • Social management

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

  • Critical and Creative thinking:

  • Inquiring

  • Generating

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Investigates effective strategies to promote inclusivity, equality and respectful relationships (PD4-3)

  • Applies and refines interpersonal skills to assist themselves and others to interact respectfully and promote inclusion in a variety of groups or contexts (PD4-10)

  • Analyses factors and strategies that enhance inclusivity, equality and respectful relationships (PD5-3)

  • Critiques their ability to enact interpersonal skills to build and maintain respectful and inclusive relationships in a variety of groups or contexts (PD5-10)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate the benefits of relationships and examine their impact on their own and others’ health and wellbeing (VCHPEP127)

  • Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity (VCHPEP128)

  • Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses to health and wellbeing (VCHPEP147)

Show details

Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. Provide students with access to the ReachOut.com video 'Staying socially connected during coronavirus- with FlexMami'.

  2. While the video is playing, ask students to mindmap the information and tips given. They could use symbols, images or words.

  3. Ask students:

    • What did you like/not like about the video?

    • Of the strategies suggested in the video, which is your favourite?

    • What are some things we need to consider when using online technologies to connect?

Note: Access the eSafety Commissioner website if you are seeking information about the technology and platforms suggested.


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