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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

Northern Territory

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Queensland

South Australia

  • 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.
  • Policies
    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.

Tasmania

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Victoria

Western Australia

  • 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].

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Physical Education

Aerobics

  • 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.
  • Turnstep
    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.
  • ACHPER
    “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’.
  • AUSPORT
    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’.

Games

Playground Games

  • 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.
  • Street Play
    Look for games people used to play in the street. Rules, equipment are listed.
  • Traditional Playground Games
    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.

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Fitness

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 Sport
    Annotated links. Most are not free but may be accessible through libraries or other educational institutions.
  • Palaestra
    ‘Forum of Sport, Physical Education & Recreation for those with disabilities’.

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Resource Links

Australian

  • 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
    550+ links to resources about Body Image. HealthInsite 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’.

International

  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • TeachPE
    ‘Your free resource for Physical Education and Sports Coaching’. Annotated links for both general and sport specific assistance. UK.
  • ThePhysicalEducator.com
    ‘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 !’

Running

  • 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.

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