Middle School – Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education in the Middle School provides students with an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging and physically active.
Students develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage satisfying, respectful relationships. They learn to build on personal and community strengths and assets to enhance safety and wellbeing. They critique and challenge assumptions and stereotypes. Students learn to navigate a range of health-related sources, services and organisations.
At the core of Health and Physical Education in Middle School is the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively. As a foundation for lifelong physical activity participation and enhanced performance, students acquire an understanding of how the body moves and develop positive attitudes towards physical activity participation. They develop an appreciation of the significance of physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport in Australian society and globally. Movement is a powerful medium for learning, through which students can practise and refine personal, behavioural, social and cognitive skills.
Students are taught by specialist teachers and participate in a range of sports including (but not limited to):
- Table Tennis
- Netball (traditional and Fast 5s)
- Australian Rules Football
- Team Handball
- Dance (Hip Hop)
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Spike ball
- Ten Pin Bowling
- Wheelchair Sports
- Modified games
Students learn and build upon the specific skills and strategies that are used in each sport / event becoming confident in participating in organised games outside of school, living a healthy and active lifestyle.
Theoretical topics that are introduced during Middle School include:
- Benefits of Living a Healthy and Active Lifestyle
- Food and Nutrition
- Relationships and Sexuality
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Personal Hygiene
- First Aid
- Human Body Systems
Learning Tasks and Assessments
Students consolidate their knowledge and understanding of Health and Physical Education through various learning tasks and assessment types. These include:
- Self, Peer and Video Analysis
- Journal / Personal Reflections
- Analysis of Newspaper articles and other sources
- Multimodal Presentations
- Others depending on students interests and abilities