Physical Education in schools concerns the involvement of children in fitness activities, sports, Health and Drug Education, gymnastics and some aspects of dance. All are designed to encourage a healthier, more enjoyable lifestyle.
This page looks at the State & Territory information - including curriculum; sections covering fitness activities, minor games, aerobics; sources of assistance; lesson plans; and Australian Physical Education groups.
State & Territory Information
Australian Capital Territory
- Board of Senior Secondary Studies
A list of the courses in Health, Outdoor & Physical Education offered in Years 11 and 12. Each can be downloaded in MS Word format and range from Human Movement to Sports Studies.
- Physical Activity Foundation
‘All Kids, More Active, More Often. Programs, resources, health information’. Move It Challenge, Active Kids Challenge, more.
- Physical Education and Sport Policy
Education Directorate. ‘This policy provides a framework to support physical education and sport in ACT public schools’.
New South Wales
- HSC Syllabus [Stage 6]
‘With a focus on health of individuals and community as well as the factors that influence movement skills and physical activity levels, students develop their critical thinking skills and develop a deep understanding of the factors that impact on health, sport and physical activity in Australia’. The Board Endorsed Course for Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies [Stage 6] is found here.
- Personal Development,
Health and Physical Education K - 10
Syllabus, Foundation Statements, Parents Guide, other resources, Modules, case studies, programming advice. Similar information for Years 11-12 are found here.
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Years 7-10
Documents in PDF and Word Format include syllabus, descriptors, guides, advice, Life Skills, more.
- School Sport
‘Parents, teachers, students and sporting partners can find quality and safe sport and physical activity opportunities for students at all levels’. NSW Department of Education.
- Sport and Physical Activity in Schools Safe
2015. Extensive information from the School Sport Unit.
Includes Health & Physical Education across all three levels listed. Now using the Australian Curriculum.
Physical Activity Requirements for Schools Policy 2015
Available in PDF and Word formats
- Physical Education
‘The NTCSA is based upon the South Australian Certificate of Education [SACE]’. ‘Students gain an understanding of human functioning and physical activity, and an awareness of the community structures and practices that influence participation in physical activity’. Key documents, Learning and Assessment Plans, Individual Performance Indicators, more.
Year 10 Health and Physical Education Subject Outline
Background, Pathways, Content. You can also access the Learning and Assessment Plan here.
- Drug Education and Intervention
Introduction, Drug intervention measures, online Resources.
- Health and Physical Education -
Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Includes Essential Learning, components of these, Assessable Elements, Sample Unit Templates, more information. Much available in PDF format.
- Health and Physical Education - Senior Subjectsbr>‘The QCAA supports 2 types of senior subjects in the area of Health and Physical Education. Both types can count towards a Queensland Certificate of Education - Authority subjects and Authority-registered subjects’.
- Health Education Senior
Information for teachers of senior students.
- HPE Sourcebook Modules
‘Provides teachers with a range of learning and teaching ideas. Teachers are encouraged to modify modules to meet the specific needs and interests of particular groups of students and individual students, their own needs and the learning environment’. Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
- Years 1-9 Health
and Physical Education Resources
Multiple sections. Links to Curriculum, Assessment, Reporting. Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
- Overview - Physical Education - South Australian
Certificate of Education
‘Renewed Stage 2 Physical Education will be taught for the first time in 2020. It is an experiential subject in which students explore their physical capacities and investigate the factors that influence and improve participation and performance outcomes, which lead to greater movement confidence and competence. Physical activities can include sports, theme-based games, fitness and recreational activities’.
and Physical Education [The Australian Curriculum]
‘The Australian Curriculum : Health and Physical Education [F–10] as implemented by South Australia, aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable students to access, evaluate and synthesise information to take positive action to protect, enhance and advocate for t their own and others’ health, wellbeing, safety and physical activity participation across their lifespan’.
Select relevant entries using the various filters available.
- Physical Education
‘Students gain an understanding of human functioning and physical activity, and an awareness of the community structures and practices that influence participation in physical activity’. Key documents, Learning and Assessment Plans, Individual Performance Indicators, more.
- Get Moving Tasmania
‘On this website you will find a range of physical activity information that can help you and your community get moving’. Includes Premier’s Physical Activity Council.
- Health and Physical Education Course Guide details here. Select this link title from those available.
Health and Wellbeing
Multiple areas are covered. Includes the Move Well Eat Well Program.
- Move Well Eat Well
‘Working to promote healthy eating and physical activity as a normal and positive part of every child’s day’.
Curriculum K-10 - Health and Physical Education
‘Currently Tasmanian Government primary and secondary schools use the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education’.
- Health and Physical Education
‘Materials and approaches to teach health and physical education in schools’.
- Health and Physical Education
Victorian Curriculum. ‘Introduction, Domain structure, Stages of learning, Safety and sensitive issues, Diversity of learners, Domain based resources’, more.
- Physical Education
Senior Secondary years. Curriculum, Assessment, Support Materials. Many areas downloadable in PDF or Word format. Information also available for Health and Human Development.
- Health and Physical
Education - FUSE - Department of Education & Training
‘Start exploring resources aligned to the Victorian Curriculum. Find Content Codes in the the More details section of each resource’.
Health and Physical Education Resources
Teaching and Learning Resources.
- Safety in
Physical Education and Sport
Departmental Policy for all schools.
- School Sport Victoria
‘Actively promotes school sport for all Victorian school students as a means of supporting schools programs in developing their students’ health and wellbeing’. Information for Parents, Teachers, Students and Community.
Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program
‘Recognises achievements in promoting health and wellbeing and supports the development of safe, healthy and friendly environments for learning, working and living in schools and early childhood education’.
- Curriculum Resources
Find resources by using the initial link on the top menu, then selecting the appropriate option, e.g., Teacher Support Materials, Ways of Teaching Videos, Links, … .
- Health and
‘Practical Support for teaching Health and Physical Education and Outdoor Education’.
- Physical Activity
Teaching & Learning Support, Physical Activity in Schools, Community Programs, Grants & Awards and Parent Information. Education Department site.
Includes Health Studies, Physical Education Studies and Outdoor Education. These are courses for the Western Australian Certificate of Education [senior years of school].
- Aerobic Exercise
Multiple topics from Aerobic Exercise Facts to What equipment is involved.
- Aerobic Exercises
‘A complete explanation about aerobic exercises’. A wealth of information including videos and more.
- Aerobic Exercise
: What you need to know
myDr.com.au. What it is; How often; How hard; progression; balanced fitness program; Precautions.
- Workouts that Work
Provides the essentials of the process.
Created for people who run aerobic classes. It provides routines and a dictionary so you know what terms mean. Still available but not updated for some time.
Agencies & Associations
- Australian Sports Commission - AIS
‘Australia’s strategic high performance sport agency’ with national and state based centres.
“Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation”. A world of resources and advice for Physical Education, Health, Dance, etc.. See below and also Physical Education Resources for more detail.
- ASADA - Education
‘ASADA offers a range of anti-doping education opportunities for individuals, clubs, schools, state and national sporting organisations’.
Information and assistance with sports and activities for young people. Links to the Sports Commission, Active Australia, Institute of Sport.
- Australian Sports Foundation
‘We assist hundreds of organisations every year to raise funds for Australian sport through our Sport Incentive Program and we provide small grants to community and grassroots sporting organisations to grow participation in sport’.
- Elementary PE Games
‘We do our very best to outline games with the smallest amount of equipment possible, and also make sure to give straightforward, simple explanations that will have your kids moving as soon as possible’. Multiple sections.
- Gym Games for
School-Age Kids !
Clear instructions for each game listed.
- P.E. - Warm-up Ideas
Extensive listing of annotated links to activities. Access other PE areas from the top menu. A second page is found at Games Teaching Ideas.
- Yulunga, Traditional
‘Suitable for school years K-3’. Download the full resource here.
- Increasing Physical
Activity in Schools
“Through The Use Of Playground Games”. Common sense article which includes a number of games/activities.
- Kid’s Games
Detailed description of children’s games that were commonly played in school playgrounds. It covers skipping, ball strength, circle games, more. Still available but not updated for some time.
- List of traditional
‘Most children’s games include at least two of the following six features in different proportion : physical skill, strategy, chance, repetition of patterns, creativity, and vertigo’. Listed alphabetically. Wikipedia.
- Street Play
Look for games people used to play in the street. Rules, equipment are listed.
- Traditional Playground Games
‘Select any children’s game from the list to find out how it is played’. UK.
- Water Games [Pool]
‘Find water games and games for the swimming pool to entertain children for hours using our activity finder’. Select from the list or refine by age. Covers early childhood to primary level.
- Basketball Activities
for Elementary PE
Small selection clearly described plus links to other fitness sources.
Easy Fitness Activities for Kids
‘Easy fitness activities for kids make exercise so much fun that your children won’t notice they’re working out’.
- Fit for Fifty
Getting fit using the 5BX fitness program.
Sections include What is Fitness ?, Stamina, Flexibility, Suppleness.
- Kids Fitness Games
‘Pick a game from the list that sounds like fun and click to find out how to play’.
Journals & Magazines
For all educational journals, see the Education Journals page.
- Active & Healthy Magazine
‘Aimed at physical educators, health educators, fitness leaders and the generalist teacher. The emphasis is on informative articles of interest that underpin the Health and Physical Education curriculum in schools’. Electronic format.
- Journals for Physical Education and
Annotated links. Most are not free but may be accessible through libraries or other educational institutions. Also includes other journals and newsletters.
‘Forum of Sport, Physical Education & Recreation for those with disabilities’.
- ACHPER - Primary Resources
A listing of more than 270 resources collated and available from ACHPER in the area of Primary Health & Physical Education areas Note these have to be purchased.
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- ACHPER - Secondary Resources
A listing of more than 280 resources collated and available from ACHPER in the area of Secondary Health & Physical Education areas. Note these have to be purchased.
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- Australian Screen, Body Image
‘The following [video] clips have teachers’ notes related to this topic’.
- Body Image
Links to resources about Body Image and related conditions. Health Direct, Australia.
- Clearinghouse For Sport
‘Connecting people in sport to a world of ideas, experience and knowledge’.
- Gymnastics Articles [Gymnastics 4 Hire]
Site includes articles on gymnastics. There are other resources available. You need to register to gain access, but registration is free.
- Health and Physical Education : An introduction
Short video from ACARA.
- The PE Geek
‘I am a Physical Education Teacher from country Victoria, Australia. As I am also Information Technology trained I delight in aiming to engage students in my classes using web 2.0 tools. The purpose of my blog is to detail the different ways I am trialling these technologies in my classes’.
- Best Practice P.E. Videos
Videos covering most activities and sports. USA.
- Fit for Life : Online Resources for
Encouraging Physical Fitness
Education World. ‘Jog to the Web when you need fitness facts and ideas that will get your students up and moving !’ USA.
- PE Office
‘An online resource knowledge bank for PE professionals with lesson plans, schemes of work, planning resources and assessment software’. UK. Registration required. Fee-based. UK.
- PHE America - Physical and Health Education
Amazing site for those interested in PE. Check the menu at the side for everything from Adapted PE to Technology in PE. Articles give further information. USA.
- Physical Education
Extensive selection of annotated links for Physical Education. USA.
- Physical Education Central
Links to all aspects of Physical Education. Major sections include the following. USA.
- App Central for Health and Physical Education Teachers
- PEC Dance Adapted PE Sites
- PEC Fitness Web Sites
- PEC Top Sport-related Web Sites
- PE Videos/Pictures
- New !
Physical Education Guide
‘Knowing how to stay active and which foods you need is part of your overall physical education. You can find plenty of resources online to help you build strength and energy and keep your body healthy’. Games, Nutritional activities, exercises, activities and more. Interesting sources for some inclusions. USA.
- Physical Education K to
British Columbia, Canada. Includes ‘Introduction, Goals and Rationale, What’s New, Curriculum Overview, Core Competencies, Big Ideas and Learning Standards’. Implemented 2016. Access the draft Grades 10-12 curriculum here. Information about Daily Physical Activity K-12 is found here. Canada.
- Physical Education Practitioner Research Network
‘Created to encourage interactions between physical education teachers whether they are in schools or in universities. It is our hope that we can start multiple conversations about what physical education is and what it might aspire to be and then find ways of jointly making that happen’. UK.
Education Resources for Teachers
TeacherVision.com. Collections of links related PE to other curriculum areas. US oriented, but many are still suitable. USA.
Physical Education Teaching Playlists
Select from the extensive range of playlists. From Popular lists through to Teaching Fitness.
- Saskatchewan Physical Education Curriculum
Includes curriculum, safety guidelines, Physical Activity area, lesson builders, assessment & evaluation, resources and more. This opens to the Kindergarten level. Select other levels using the “Physical Education” link on the top menu. Canada.
- Sports Injury Prevention
Guide for Kids
‘It’s easy to stay safe on the field or on the court when you keep these tips in mind’. USA.
Healthy and Avoiding Injuries in Sports
Contains multiple section covering areas such as Sprains and Strains, Knee Injuries, Fractures and more. Each has general information and advice plus links to further information on specific areas of these.
‘Your free resource for Physical Education and Sports Coaching’. Annotated links for both general and sport specific assistance. UK.
‘An online professional resource for Physical Educators’. Forums, downloads, links to websites and resources, more. Canada.
- The Web Puts Fizz
Into Phys-ical Fitness !
Education World. ‘The Web has just the resources to help you with new games, ideas, and lessons that will make your students jump for joy ! Included : Stretches for cyber fitness too !’
- 7 Games to Make
Running Fun for Kids [ACTIVEkids]
‘These seven ideas for workouts disguised as games not only train young bodies, but score high on the fun factor as well’.
- A PE Lesson Plan Incorporating Running Games For Children
‘The following lesson and handouts provide an exciting way to channel your students’ energy and help them set personal goals in fitness’.
- Fun Running Games for Kids
‘Kids love to run but that doesn’ t necessarily mean they love to train. Here are some fun running games for kids that will sneak some training into their play time’.
- Why Exercise is Cool
Article about children’s exercise, particularly running, links to related articles, resources.
- Kids Running
US-based. Several sections are relevant to Australia including coaching help, School resources, links to related resources, other advice.