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
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.
- 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 Conduct Guidelines
2015. Extensive information from the Schhol Sport Unit.
Includes Health & Physical Education across all three levels listed. Now using the Australian Curriculum.
Physical Activity Requirements for Schools Policy 2015
Avaiable in PDF and Word formats
- 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.
Year 10 Health and Physical Education Learning Area
Background, Pathays, Content.
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.
- 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 using the various filters available.
- R-10 Health and Physical Education
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. Read the Health and Physical Education Course Guide details here. Select this link title from those available.
Health and Wellbeing Policy Driver
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
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 Resources
Teaching and Learning Resources.
- 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 Indigenous Games
‘Suitable for school years K-3’.
- 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.
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’.
- 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 and Sport
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.
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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.
You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
- 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
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
- 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.
- Physical Education Resources for
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 !’