Curriculum - Health and Physical Education


Health and Physical Education



Health and Physical Education focuses on students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in varied and changing contexts. Research in fields such as sociology, physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology informs what we understand about healthy, safe and active choices. Health and Physical Education offers students an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active.

In Health and Physical Education, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage satisfying relationships. The curriculum helps them to be resilient, and to make decisions and take actions to promote their health, safety and physical activity participation. As students mature, they develop and use critical inquiry skills to research and analyse the knowledge of the field and to understand the influences on their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing. They also learn to use resources for the benefit of themselves and for the communities with which they identify and to which they belong.

All students at Keilor Primary School participate in a weekly Physical Education lesson with a strong focus on participation, skill development and developing game sense, students are encouraged to take part in a range of games, sports and activities. Additional opportunities for Physical Education are offered through our weekly Interschool Sports competition, PMP sessions, and special events such as the Athletics Carnivals, Swimming Events and our whole school Fun Run.

Throughout Foundation, Level 1 and 2 students are provided with a variety of opportunities to perform fundamental movement skills in different movement situations. This can include a combination of locomotor, object control skills as well as performing movement skills with stability and transfer of weight. Lessons also include opportunities for students to construct and perform imaginative and original movement sequences throughout games and activities as well as in response to stimuli such as music. Creating and participating in games is also a focus throughout these year levels, where students are encouraged to invent or modify their own games using different pieces of equipment and rules.

Levels 3 - 6 focus on practising and refining fundamental movement skills and progress to practising specialised movement skills and applying them in different movement situations. Physical Education units cover a variety of activities and sports which include invasion games, net and ball games, striking and fielding games as well as target games. Students are also challenged to practise and apply movement concepts and strategies throughout a variety of physical activities to solve movement challenges.

Throughout all levels, there is a strong focus on adopting inclusive practises when participating in physical activities by working cooperatively, communicating with others and applying game rules fairly.