Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. create learning opportunities that promote the safe development of health and physical literacy for a diversity of children by applying discipline knowledge about health, movement and physical activity that embraces understandings of socio-cultural contexts and social justice
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the research context, rationale, content, substance and structure of the Health and Physical Education Primary School curriculum
  3. demonstrate safe, effective strategies to teach the curriculum including the capacity to apply theoretical knowledge to assessing children’s needs, and planning interventions
  4. demonstrate understanding of professional responsibilities regarding wellbeing and safety within the school, school system, curriculum and legislative requirements.
    • Introduction and perspectives in Health and Physical Education
    • Health and Physical Education Curriculum Overview
    • Focus on Health Curricula
    • Health Promoting Schools
    • Focus on Physical Education Curricula
    • Motor development, skill acquisition and classification
    • Fundamental Movement Skills
    • Physical fitness
    • Game sense and Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU)
    • Assessment in Health and Physical Education
    • Teaching for inclusivity in Health and Physical Education
    • Class management and safety in Physical Education
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Chat Rooms
      • Online assignment submission
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

CUR-EDC135-Child Development for Educators , or CUR-EDC151-Child Development for Educators

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as EDP383 Health and Physical Education.

This subject introduces students to health and physical education in the contemporary Australian primary school curriculum, where emphasis is on developing children’s health and physical literacies within safe and lifelong learning frameworks so they are able to flourish as healthy and active citizens. With attention to diversity and social justice, children’s rights to develop health and physical literacies within their personal, physical and socio-cultural contexts are explored, and relevant teaching approaches identified. Given the emphasis on evidence-based curriculum design, students will investigate the research that underpins the contemporary curriculum rationale and focus.

This subject reviews ongoing, developmentally appropriate and explicit teaching about health and movement, where children participate safely to develop the knowledge, skills, dispositions and understandings to make healthy and active choices for the wellbeing of themselves and others. In this regard, the importance of physical skills in the early childhood years, including observation and practise of fundamental motor skills (FMS), assessment of FMS and appropriate interventions, is addressed. Advanced movement skills and strategies, components of personal, social and community health, fitness, spatial awareness and games-based teaching models are also explored.

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  • Report (40%)
  • Report (45%)
  • eTest (15%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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