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.
Our school believes if our students are to become happy, healthy, responsible and productive children of God in our society that they need to develop relevant knowledge, skills and values.
The subject matter of K-6 PDHPE is organised into eight interrelated content strands. They include: Active Lifestyle (AL); Dance (DA); Games and Sports (GS); Growth and Development (GD); Gymnastics (GY); Interpersonal Relationships (IR); Personal Health Choices (PH) and Safe Living (SL).
There are five essential skills that students should develop across the stages of learning. They are communicating (CO); Decision Making (DM); Interacting (IN); Moving (MO); Problem Solving (PS) and Values and Attitudes (V).
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.