Health and Physical Education Support Materials

Assessment Principle 1

Assessment should be an integral part of Teaching and Learning

Health Education snapshot: Personal and social skills

Health and Physical Education/Health Education/Personal, social and community health/ Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing

Content Description

Personal and social skills to interact with others:

  • expressing needs
  • wants and feelings
  • active listening
  • self-discipline

Nature of the assessment

Teacher observation during pair and share activities and group activities

Purposes of the assessment

To monitor personal and social skill development in partnership and group situations

Stage in the Teaching sequence

Ongoing observation of children’s learning and development – formative assessment

Assessment task

Knowing that children will demonstrate their skills in a number of ways, the teacher planned a number of ongoing structured and unstructured activities where students worked in pairs or in small groups to collaborate and to listen to each other, for example:

  • telling their news to a partner
  • ‘who am I’ games, such as ‘guess what animal I am?’
  • shared play.

Assessment process

The teacher used a checklist and kept anecdotal notes about the following personal and social interaction skills:

  • listen to others
  • ask questions
  • respond to questions and ideas from others
  • express their ideas
  • take turns in sharing ideas
  • build on others’ ideas
  • reflect on their actions.

Using the information

The teacher used this information on how each child is demonstrating these personal and social skills to work with each child and their parents/carers to plan the next stages of their learning.