Primary - On The Case - Year 5-6

If a Life Education Educator and our mascot Healthy Harold came to visit your child’s school today they may have participated in the ‘On the Case’ session.

What is ‘On the Case’ and how can you create conversations with your children about smoking?

‘On the Case’ focuses on tobacco education. Children join Mac McHardy, time travelling detective, to investigate issues around tobacco, on a mission to gather evidence to persuade McHardy’s great, great, great granddaughter not to take up smoking in the future.

In the future some children will be faced with decisions about smoking; ‘On the Case’ gives children the awareness, knowledge and tools to make informed, safe, and healthy choices if confronted with decisions about smoking or in situations where they are exposed to smoking.

How old does my child have to be to participate in ‘On the Case’?
‘On the Case’ has been developed for children ages 9-11 years old (upper primary).

What did they learn?
In this module students investigate a range of issues around tobacco and smoking in Australia. Key topics covered include:

  • The physical, financial, social and environmental consequences of smoking
  • Strategies to deal with exposure to second hand smoking or the offer of a cigarette
  • The history of tobacco smoking and the current laws around its use and sale
  • Why young people and adults choose not to smoke. Expect to hear the words yucky, smelly and gross!!

What you can do at home?

We recognise that parents and carers have a pivotal role in supporting children to make safe and healthy choices. If your child did receive the ‘On the Case’ session, we are sure they will be excited to tell you all about it. But whether they participated or not, we have suggested some ways as a family that you can help your children learn more about the risks of tobacco smoke, helping to equip them with more information about the harms of smoking 

The Smoky Case App

Help time travelling detective Mac McHardy and his sidekick Conan explore facts and find hidden clues to solve the case of why smoking is unhealthy. As a family discover what makes up a cigarette and the chemicals they contain, find hidden clues to help discover why smoking is unhealthy or take a selfie to magically see how you may look after smoking with a ‘Smoky Makeover’. Challenge your family to see who gets the highest score on ‘Run Conan Run’ as he avoids the unhealthy aspects of smoking to stay fit and healthy.



Do the maths
Find out how much a packet of cigarettes cost and together calculate how much a smoker would spend in a week, a month, 6 months and a year. Then work out what they could spend that money on instead.

Have a chat
Speak to your child about what they learnt during the ‘On the Case’ session; here are some ideas to start the conversation:

  • Why would you choose not to smoke?
  • What advice would you give your friends about smoking? 
  • How might smoking affect our bodies?

You can also check out our Parent Hub, with loads of articles for parents such as 'When to have 'that' smoking conversation'

Download our printable 'On the Case' factsheet and pop it up on your fridge!