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Health and Physical Education in the Victorian Curriculum

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This week marks National Health and Physical Education Day (Thursday 12 September), highlighting the effects of health and physical education on the learning potential and wellbeing of all children and its benefit to schools. This year’s theme, ‘Good for Children, Good for Schools and Good for Communities’, encourages schools across Australia to get involved by holding activities or events during the week or on the day to demonstrate how much they value this important part of the curriculum.

Health and Physical Education in the Victorian Curriculum focuses on students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity in varied and changing contexts. It has two interrelated strands – personal, social and community health, and movement and physical activity – that ensures the study develops the whole child, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.

The VCAA has developed a range of resources to support schools in planning and assessing students against the Health and Physical Education achievement standards. Most recently, we have developed four downloadable posters, covering Foundation Level, Levels 1 and 2, Levels 3 and 4, and Levels 5 and 6.

Each poster unpacks three sub-strands: Moving the body, Understanding movement and Learning through movement. The skills and knowledge that students are expected to develop as they progress in Health and Physical Education are listed under each sub-strand, along with examples of what a student might do if they are demonstrating achievement of the standard at each level of the curriculum.

Teachers and schools are welcome to download and display the posters, or alternatively contact the VCAA for hard copies.

For further information, contact Rachael Whittle, Curriculum Manager, Health and Physical Education: (03) 9032 1721 or whittle.rachael.j@edumail.vic.gov.au.