Health & Physical Education
Prep to Year 10
Health and Physical Education provides students with an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging and physically active. Movement is a powerful medium for learning, through which students can practise and refine personal, behavioural, social and cognitive skills.
The Health and Physical Education curriculum supports students to develop knowledge understanding and skills to enhance their own and others’ health, wellbeing, safety and physical activity participation. Students develop skills to manage their emotions and understand the physical and social changes that are occurring for them. The content provides opportunities for students to contribute to building a positive school environment that supports healthy, safe and active choices for everyone. Students also explore a range of factors and behaviours that can influence health, safety and wellbeing.
Learning experiences in Health and Physical Education cover a range of focus areas. These are:
• Alcohol and other drugs
• Food and nutrition
• Health benefits of physical activity
• Mental health and wellbeing
• Relationships and sexuality
• Challenge and adventure activities
• Fundamental movement skills
• Games and sports
• Lifelong physical activities
• Rhythmic and expressive movement activities
Learning experiences are selected to be age appropriate for a specific year level, with increasing complexity of topics and decision making as the years progress.
Students also have a variety of tasks throughout each unit of work, in order to demonstrate their ability and understanding. The methods of assessment include:
• Physical performance observation
• Game play communication and strategy discussions
• Coaching and peer evaluation
• Written tasks - research and problem solving
• Multi-modal presentations
• Spoken tasks
Senior Physical Education
Senior Physical Education is an Authority subject and satisfies the requirements of the syllabus provided by the Queensland Studies Authority. Students are engaged in developing themselves as intelligent performers. This requires the student to perform physical activities and also to be an analyst, planner and critic of physical performance. There is an emphasis on personal experiences and real life contexts. The theory (written and oral) and the practical (physical activity) are equally important, as each is worth half of the marks. The four Physical Activities that the students study in depth are: Volleyball, Touch, Tennis and Dance/Sports Aerobics. Theory work is drawn from the areas of Learning Physical Skills, Sports and Exercise Physiology, and Training and Sports Sociology.