PSPE - Physical Education 

Physical Education at our school is more than just student participation in sports and games. Its purpose is to develop a combination of transferable skills promoting physical, intellectual, emotional and social development; to encourage present and future choices that contribute to long-term healthy living; and to understand the cultural significance of physical activities for individuals and communities. Therefore, in PE, there is opportunity for learning about movement and through movement in a range of contexts for the development of knowledge and skills in physical education (for example, games or gymnastics).

The physical education programme includes the conceptual understandings and outcomes of the following three strands: 


An understanding of our own beliefs, values, attitudes, experiences and feelings and how they shape us; the impact of cultural influences; the recognition of strengths, limitations and challenges as well as the ability to cope successfully with situations of change and adversity; how the learner’s concept of self and feelings of self-worth affect his or her approach to learning and how he or she interacts with others.


Types of experiences (descriptions below): Individual pursuits, Adventure challenges, Health-related fitness


An understanding of the factors that contribute to developing and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle; the importance of regular physical activity; the body’s response to exercise; the importance of developing basic motor skills; understanding and developing the body’s potential for movement and expression; the importance of nutrition; understanding the causes and possible prevention of ill health; the promotion of safety; rights and the responsibilities we have to ourselves and others to promote well-being; making informed choices and evaluating consequences, and taking action for healthy living now and in the future.

Types of experiences (descriptions below): Individual pursuits, Movement composition, Games, Adventure challenges.

Active Living

An understanding of how an individual interacts with other people, other living things and the wider world; behaviours, rights and responsibilities of individuals in their relationships with others, communities, society and the world around them; the awareness and understanding of similarities and differences; an appreciation of the environment and an understanding of, and commitment to, humankind’s responsibility as custodians of the Earth for future generations.

Types of experiences (descriptions below): Individual pursuits, Movement composition, Games, Adventure challenges, Health-related fitness


Types of experiences explained 

  • Individual pursuits: The development of basic motor skills and the body’s capacity for movement through locomotor and manipulative skills and/or experiences; the techniques, rules and purpose of a range of athletic activities; recognising a high level of achievement and how to improve a performance.

  • Movement composition: Recognising that movements can be linked together and refined to create a sequence of aesthetic movements. Movements can be in response to stimuli or performance elements and/or criteria and can communicate feelings, emotions and ideas (for example, gymnastics and dance).

  • Games: Recognising the challenges presented by games; the importance of manipulating space; the categorising of games; identifying and developing appropriate skills and strategies; recognising the importance of rules and how they define the nature of a game; modifying existing games and creating new games; teamwork.

  • Adventure challenges: A variety of tasks requiring the use of physical and critical-thinking skills by individuals and/or groups; challenges that require groups to work together collaboratively in order to solve problems and accomplish a common goal; recognising the role of the individual in group problem solving.

  • Health-related fitness: Recognising and appreciating the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle; the body’s response to exercise; including the interaction of body systems and the development of physical fitness.