The aim of teaching PDHPE K-6 is to develop in each student the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to understand value and lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. It will form the basis for students to adopt a responsible and productive role in society.
The subject matter of K-6 PDHPE is organised into eight interrelated content strands. They include: Active Lifestyle; Dance; Games and Sports; Growth and Development; Gymnastics; Interpersonal Relationships; Personal Health Choices and Safe Living.
There are five essential skills that students should develop across the stages of learning. They are communicating; Decision Making; Interacting; Moving; Problem Solving and Values and Attitudes.
Learning in PDHPE is important for our students because it:
- encourages an understanding and valuing of oneself and others,
- develops an ability in students to make informed decisions in their lives enabling them to take effective and responsible action, and
- promotes life-long involvement in physical activity.
Learning in PDHPE is concerned with:
- physical, social, cognitive and emotional growth and development patterns
- the development and maintenance of positive interpersonal relationships,
- the factors influencing personal health choices,
- living and learning in a safe, secure environment,
- the adoption of an active lifestyle,
- fundamental movement patterns and coordinated actions of the body, and
- skills that enable action for better health and movement outcomes.
As a result of studying PDHPE the students will develop:
- an appreciation of and a commitment to healthy and socially just ways of living,
- skills in making, communicating and acting upon health decisions,
- skills in moving with competence and confidence,
- skills in forming and maintaining positive relationships,
- knowledge and understanding about ways to enhance personal and community health and well-being, and
- knowledge and understanding about the composition, performance and appraisal of movement.