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.
Related pages are found through these links.
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.
- Every Chance to Learn
Curriculum framework for ACT schools. Select by levels or download the whole framework. ‘It provides schools in the ACT with the curriculum framework on which to base their school curriculum plans from preschool to year 10’.
- Physical Activity Foundation
‘All Kids, More Active, More Often. Programs, resources, health information’. Move It Challenge, Active Kids Challenge, more.
New South Wales
- HSC Syllabus
‘Describes the Preliminary and HSC courses to be taught within each subject that may be undertaken as part of the HSC pattern of study’. This opens at the “Personal Development, Health and Physical Education” courses. The Board Endorsed Course for Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies is found here.
Development, Health and Physical Education K - 6
Documents in PDF [mostly] and Word include syllabus, Foundation Statements, Parents Guide, other resources, Modules, case studies, programming advice.
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Years
Documents in PDF and Word Format include syllabus, descriptors, guides, advice, Life Skills, more.
- Support Structures
Details ‘TALE-NSW support in the area of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education’.
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- Curriculum Framework
Includes Health & Physical Education [see document below].
- Health and Physical
The Health and Physical Education section of the NT Curriculum Framework. Covers Transition to Year 10.
- Physical Activity Requirements for Schools Policy
- Physical Education
Overview, Ongoing Projects, Weblinks.
- Senior Health and Physical Education Subjects
As ‘The NTCSA is based upon the South Australian Certificate of Education [SACE]’ areas of study are found on this site. Select “Health” and “Physical Education” from either/both Stage 1 and Stage 2 listings.
- Drug Education
Introduction, Drug intervention measures, online Resources.
- Health and Physical Education - Prep-Year 9
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 Subjects
‘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 Syllabus
Information for teachers of senior students.
- Years 1-9 Health and Physical Education Resources
Multiple sections. Links to Curriculum, Assessment, Reporting. Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
- Learning Areas
‘The Learning Areas describe the established and emerging bodies of knowledge as well as ways of knowing and doing and have been enriched by making the key elements of learning explicit’. Select “Health and Physical Education” from the menu on the left.
Select relevant entries from the listed policies for areas of Health and Sporting activities.
- R-10 Health and Physical Education Teaching Resource
One of the ‘SACSA Companion Document Series’.
- Senior Health and Physical Education Subjects
As ‘The South Australian Certification of Education [SACE]’ areas of study may be found by visiting this site and selecting from “Health and Physical Education” in the menu on the left.
- 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.
Summaries for courses available as part of Year 11 and 12 TCE and VET. Download the Health and Wellbeing and Physical Recreation details here, or the complete Course Guide document here.
- Health and Wellbeing
Download this here.
- Move Well Eat Well
‘Working to promote healthy eating and physical activity as a normal and positive part of every child’s day’.
- Tasmanian Curriculum K-10 - Health and Wellbeing Syllabus and Support
- Health and
Physical Education Domain
‘Offered to students from Prep to Year 10, accompanied by a range of teaching and learning aids to ensure teachers and students maximise the opportunity for education’.
- Health and Physical Education
‘Introduction, Domain structure, Stages of learning, Safety and sensitive issues, Diversity of learners, Domain based resources’, more.
- Physical Education [VCE]
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
‘Concepts and skills charts; Progression point examples’.
- 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.
- Victorian 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 a selection of resource type, Learning Area and phase of schooling, e.g., Curriculum Guides / Health & Physical Education / Middle Childhood.
- Health and Physical Education
‘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.
- WACE Courses
Select from the listings. Includes areas such as 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 -
‘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 and Cool-down 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’.
- Increasing Physical Activity in
“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.
- Street Play
Look for games people used to play in the street. Rules, equipment are listed.
Detailed instructions are provided for each of these. 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.
- Easy Fitness Activities for
‘Easy fitness activities for kids make exercise so much fun that your children won’t notice they’re working out’.
- Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition for Teachers
Kids.gov, USA. Multiple sections, Lesson plans, more.
- Fit for Fifty
Getting fit using the 5BX fitness program.
Sections include What is Fitness ?, Stamina, Flexibility, Suppleness.
- Fun Fitness Games for Kids
Small selection clearly described plus links to other fitness sources.
- Kids Fitness Games
‘Pick a game from the list that sounds like fun and click to find out how to play’.
- Online Fitness Programs and Exercise Workouts
‘For men and women of all ages and fitness goals. An online fitness program, articles, tips, exercise instruction information’.
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
Annotated links. Most are not free but may be accessible through libraries or other educational institutions.
‘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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 for teachers
Short video from ACARA.
- 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.
- Physical Education Site Resources
Includes ‘Physical Education Unit/Lesson Plan Resources, Sport Specific Web Sites, Resources for Teaching Children with Special Needs, Health-Related Physical Fitness, Technology Resources for Physical Educators’, more.
- 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
Education World. ‘Jog to the Web when you need fitness facts and ideas that will get your students up and moving !’ USA.
- PE Links4U
Amazing site for those interested in PE. Check menus at the top for everything from Adapted PE to Technology in PE, use “Click To See More Resources” for an option list. Articles give further information. 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.
- 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
- Physical Education K to 7
British Columbia, Canada. Information, curriculum for Grades K through 7 broken into relevant areas, appendices such as a glossary, assessment & evaluation, resources, learning outcomes, more. Download Grade Level Curriculums from the same page. Access downloads for Grades 8 to 10, here and Grades 11 and 12 here. A Daily Physical Activity K-12 Program Guide is found here. Canada.
- Physical Education Online
Alberta Education, Canada. K-12 planning and resources for PE. Go to Teacher Resources/Guide to Implementation for PDF documents. 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.
- Physical Education Resources for
TeacherVision.com. Collections of links related PE to other curriculum areas. US oriented, but many are still suitable. USA.
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.
‘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
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 !’