Physical Education

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.

Please note : Currently there are a number of resources listed on this page as the Physical Education Resources has been archived for some time. As you may have noted, a number of these pages have been de-archived. Now the PE Resources page has been de-archived and updated, resources from this page will be moved there.The resources which are still valid will remain on both pages for the time being. A final decision will be made in the near future about whether this changes.

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.

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New South Wales

    ‘The NSW body which is part of a national professional association representing people who work in the areas of Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, Dance, Community Fitness or Movement Sciences’. They provide resources, professional learning and awards plus much more.
  • PDHPE in Kindergarten to Year 10
    ‘View the syllabus and other support materials for the specific, listed courses’.
  • PDHPE - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education K - 10
    Syllabus, Foundation Statements, Parents Guide, other resources, Modules, case studies, programming advice.
  • PDHPE [Personal Development, Health and Physical Education] Stage 6 [Years 11 and 12]
    ‘Here you will find the Stage 6 syllabuses and course descriptions. Each syllabus provides examination and assessment materials, and other support materials’. The Content Endorsed Course for Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies [Stage 6] which enables students to further develop their understanding of and competence in a range of sport and recreational pursuits is found here.
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies 7–10 [NESA]
    ‘Students engage in a wide range of physical activities in order to develop key understandings about how and why we move and how to enhance quality and enjoyment of movement. The course includes Life Skills outcomes and content for students with disability’. Sample Units of Work and other resources can be found on this page.
  • Physical Education
    ‘Physical Education is not about playing games or sport, nor is it about simply building fitness or accumulating a minimum amount of physical activity time spent in lessons – the focus should be on purposeful learning’.
  • School Sport
    ‘The School Sport Unit [SSU] provides carefully planned, adaptable and enjoyable physical activity experiences for all students in NSW public schools. Covers Representative Sport, the Premier’s Sporting Challenge, School Programs, Policy And Guidelines and Professional Learning’, more. NSW Department of Education. In addition to these, you can also access the following as part of this site :
  • Code of Conduct
    This ‘underpins core values of the NSW Department of Education in which every student is known, valued and cared for’.
  • Disability and Participation Programs
    ‘Find information on opportunities for students with disabilities and find information and register for participation based programs that provide further opportunities for students to participate in sport and physical activity’.
  • Sample whole school physical activity timetables
    These ‘provide examples of how the minimum requirements of planned physical activity can be demonstrated’.
  • Sport and Physical Activity Policy
    ‘Sets out the requirements related to mandatory weekly participation in sport and physical activity for schools and their students. This includes identifying local procedures that support the planning and delivery of high-quality, safe sport and physical activity programs’.
  • Sport Safety Guidelines
    ‘The Sport Safety Guidelines are in place to assist schools in developing appropriate risk assessments for sport and physical activity. It also includes Specific sport and physical activity guidelines’.
  • Teaching and Learning - Resource Library
    ‘Filter our growing list of resources [about 50 available] by Learning area and Stage’.

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Northern Territory

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South Australia

  • ACHPER South Australia
    Provides support including Professional Learning, Active Programs, Resources and more.
  • Game On
    ‘The South Australian Government has invested in Game On : Getting South Australia moving , a forward-looking framework that outlines a collaborative approach to ensure physical activity and play can fit seamlessly into the daily lives of South Australians’.
  • Health 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 their own and others’ health, wellbeing, safety and physical activity participation across their lifespan’.
  • Physical Education [Years 11-12]
    ‘Students explore the participation in and performance of human physical activities. 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’. Key documents, Learning and Assessment Plans, Individual Performance Indicators, more. Renewed Stage 2 Physical Education was taught for the first time in 2020.
  • School Sport SA
    ‘School Sport SA is responsible for administering primary and secondary school sports programs throughout the state. Affiliation is open to every government and non-government school’.
  • High Schools with Special Interest or Specialist Programs - Sports
    ‘This list shows some of the secondary schools who have specialist interests or offer special programs. The school or program you are interested in might not be listed, so please contact the individual secondary school to find out what they offer. If the school has an asterisk [*] at the end of the school name, it means the school is approved by the department to select students for entry via an audition, test or interview the year before starting at the school’.

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  • ACHPER Tasmania
    ‘Through effective engagement with teachers and communities, ACHPER Tasmania works to promote the value of health and physical education in schools’. Events, Resources, 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 Learning Area Overview
    Years 11 and 12. Details all currently available TASC subjects and VET courses. Subjects and Courses are presented in three parts - You have … , Subject/Course, May Lead to … . There are also Learning Area Courses listed lower on this page. You can Filter these to select specific courses using the options on the left.
  • Move Well Eat Well
    ‘ Tasmanian government initiative that supports the healthy development of children and young people by promoting physical activity and healthy eating as a normal positive part of every day’.
  • Tasmanian Curriculum K-10 - Health and Physical Education
    ‘Currently Tasmanian Government primary and secondary schools use the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education’. Covers : Year Levels, Strands, General Capabilities, Cross Curriculum Priorities and Additional Information. Resources may be accessed via this Curriculum Connections link.

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Western Australia

  • ACHPER Western Australia
    ‘ACHPER WA aims to increase the health, education and uptake of physical activity in Western Australians of all ages, especially in school-aged children and young people’.
  • Health and Physical Education [K-10]
    Access multiple documents for this curriculum [including the curriculum itself], Syllabus descriptions for each stage, Overview, Ways of Teaching and much more. Use the Filter options on the left to help access specific aspects.
  • Health and Physical Education [Years 11 and 12]
    Includes Health Studies, Physical Education Studies and Outdoor Education. These are courses for the Western Australian Certificate of Education [Years 11 and 12].
  • Health and Physical Education Year 11 - Resources
    Select the appropriate link from the filter options on the right. You can also find Year 12 Resources on this page by following the same process.
  • K-10 Outline - Support Materials
    Find support materials by using the Years P-6 and Years 7-10 Teaching and Assessment indicators. Then select the year [P-6] or the specific area [7-10] to access relevant support materials. Also has Recently added resources at the lower left, which may also cover this area.
  • Key ABLEWA Resources
    ‘Curriculum, Support resources, ABLE Assessment Tool, Online Course’.
  • Physical Health and Wellbeing - Domain Guide
    ‘This guide supports early childhood education and care services and schools to gain a deeper understanding of the AEDC physical health and wellbeing domain’. A copy of the Physical Health and Wellbeing Domain is found here.

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Physical Education


  • Aerobic Exercise
    Multiple topics from Aerobic Exercise Facts to What equipment is involved.
  • Aerobic Exercises for Kids
    ‘Aerobic exercise is important for kids. It helps keep their heart, lungs, and blood vessels healthy. It can also help them keep or get to a healthy weight’. Activities listed for different age groups.
  • Aerobic Exercise : What you need to know What it is; How often; How hard; progression; balanced fitness program; Precautions.
  • Aerobic Fitness Lesson Plan []
    ‘Teach your students about aerobic fitness with this lesson plan. Students will start off watching a video defining aerobic fitness and giving examples and benefits, then learn how to develop aerobic endurance with a text lesson. Questions, activities and a quiz help learning stick’. You need to subscribe to access this.
  • Top 7 Aerobics Exercises for Kids
    ‘Aerobics are one of the finest and the most interesting ways of introducing exercise to children. Have a look at the Top 7 Aerobics Exercises for Kids in this video’. [1.3min.]

Agencies, Associations & Colleges

    “Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation ”. A world of resources and advice for Physical Education, Health, Dance, etc.. State branches, where these exist, have been included in each state or territory listing above.
  • ACE
    ‘ACPE has paved the way for countless individuals to achieve success in the sports, dance, health, business and physical education sectors’.
  • Australian Sports Commission - AIS
    ‘Australia’s strategic high performance sport agency’ with national and state based centres. You should also check the related Physical Literacy - Resources section of SportAus, which has a range of material that can be used in schools. There is also a section with Information for Schools and Teachers. Select this from the links under Browse by Role.
  • 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’.
  • Healthy and Active Children [healthdirect]
    Multiple options providing information about improving health and physical activity for children. ‘Free Australian health advice you can count on’.
  • Munch & Move
    ‘Munch & Move offers training and resources to educators working in NSW early childhood education and care services. The training aims to assist educators to implement a fun, play-based approach to supporting healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The Munch & Move program fits within the new National Quality Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework’.
  • Parents’ Voice - Physical Activity
    The site opens at the section. It is part of an online movement of parents who are interested in improving the food and activity environments of Australian children.
  • Sport Integrity Australia - Education
    ‘We want to protect athletes, prevent doping and maintain the integrity of Australian sport. We provide education resources about sport integrity for all levels of athletes, their parents, teachers, coaches and support personnel. We are always creating new content to help you, so keep an eye out for new resources as we create them’. ASADA became part of Sport Integrity Australia on 1 July 2020.


  • Elementary PE Games
    ‘This site is designed specifically for anyone wanting to keep large groups of kids active. With all of our games, our mission is to keep the most amount of kids moving for the most amount of time possible. To this end, we do our very best to outline games with the smallest amount of equipment possible’. Multiple sections.
  • Gym Games for School-Age Kids !
    ‘Looking for some fun gym games for kids ? Look no further. Whether you are looking for games for your physical education class or just some games to play in an empty gym, these games are sure to lead to hours of physical exercise and fun’.
  • P.E. - Warm-up Ideas
    Select ‘Newest First, Highest rated first, Most popular first or go Random’. Access other learning areas from the top menu. A second page is found at PE Games Teaching Ideas.
  • Sports Activities & Games for Kids - UNICEF Kid Power
    ‘UNICEF Kid Power is all about kids being active, and a big part of being active can include kids’ sports games and activities. Whether it’s a parent, coach, teammate or a kid, take a look at our list of kids’ sports resources below’.
  • Traditional Aboriginal Games & Activities - Creative Spirits
    ‘Traditional Aboriginal games have many benefits and enjoy growing interest. Here's a collection and brief description of many traditional games’.
  • Youth Group Games
    ‘68 games - For Indoors, For Outdoors, Soccer Variants and Volleyball Variants ’.
  • Yulunga, Traditional Indigenous Games
    ‘Suitable for children and adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, Yulunga can be used in schools around Australia as an educational resource and as a guide to inclusive, structured sport within communities’. Download the full resource here.

Playground Games

  • 13 Fun and Engaging Outdoor Games for Kids of All Ages
    ‘We’ve put together a guide of outdoor games for kids by age group so you can skip to your child’s age or check out other ideas for games your child might enjoy with an older sibling’.
  • 30 Classic Outdoor Games for Kids
    ‘From perennial favourites Hide and Seek, Telephone and Capture the Flag to the less common Blind Man’s Bluff, Spud and Crack the Whip, this list has something for everyone’.
  • 35 Fun Outdoor Games for Kids of All Ages
    ‘If you need some fun outdoor games for kids, look no further. Below you will find an extensive list that can be played in a variety of weather types’.
  • Easy Outdoor Games and Activities for Kids
    ‘The following list highlights classic, fun games that don’t require a lot of components or setup’.
  • 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. More than 250 games listed.
  • List of traditional children’s games
    ‘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
    One aspect is urban games. As the authors say - ‘While it's impossible to document and categorise every game any kid ever played in the street, we’ve tried to hit the major ones here’. Select The Games from the menus at the top or on the left. You should also check their Site Links to see other games sites.
  • 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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  • Active for Life [VicHealth]
    ‘Active for Life is an evidence-based resource to help better understand the challenges around children’s physical activity and inspire better practice to integrate more movement in children’s daily lives’. Several downloads are available including the Active for Life Resource, the Active for Life – At school resource and also useful links to further information.
  • ‎Burn 2 Learn on the App Store
    ‘The Burn 2 Learn app has been designed to support the delivery of the Burn 2 Learn Program – a school based, physical activity program for senior school students. Burn 2 Learn utilises the science of High Intensity Interval Training [HIIT] to improve students’ health, fitness, wellbeing and academic performance, using short but effective workouts’. Apple. You might also check out Burn2Learn TV for a number of short videos to gain further information about the program.
  • Easy Fitness Activities for Kids
    ‘These easy fitness activities for kids make exercise so much fun that your children won’t notice they’re working out. On the following pages, you’ll read about innovative and easy fitness activities that your kids will love’.
  • Exercise Right for Kids : Physical Disabilities
    ‘Exercise should be fun and engaging, whether modified or not, and provide an outlet for children with disabilities to discover their true potential. Having a disability should not be a reason for children not to engage in physical activity’. Sections include : Why it’s important to exercise; Things to remember; Types of exercise recommended; and Resources [including a free ebook]. Note : ‘If you have any concerns about your child and exercise please contact an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who can guide you in development of an appropriate exercise program’.
  • Fit for Fifty
    Getting fit using the 5BX fitness program.
  • Fitness
    Sections include explanation, other information and - What is Fitness ? - Stamina, Flexibility, Suppleness.
  • Fitness Activities for Physical Education
    ‘Bulletin Board Ideas; Fitness Testing; Best Practices; Fitness Lesson Ideas [in Grade levels]; Related information’.
  • Fitness Circuit Course - Action for Healthy Kids
    ‘Fitness circuit courses are a fun and interactive way for kids to be physically active. Fitness courses consist of setting up several stations with different activities for students to rotate through in short periods of time [usually one or two minutes]. Courses are best in open spaces such as the gym or playground, but if space is limited, other areas such as hallways and classrooms can also be creatively used’.
  • Get Movin’ : 15 Fun Fitness Activities for Kids
    ‘Getting kids to “work out” can be challenging. But there’s no need to stick to run-of-the-mill, boring exercises like jumping jacks, push-ups and sprints. We put together a list of some fun and creative fitness activities for kids that will get them moving in no time at all’.
  • Kids Fitness Games
    ‘We’ve got everything you need to have fun together – whether you want to play fitness games or sports, have some quiet time activities, or get inspiration for outdoor fun, you’ve come to the right place’.
  • PE Circuit Training
    ‘Circuit training in PE class allows all kids to work and achieve success at their own levels. The versatility of the layout lends itself to customisable activities. You can easily change the circuit on a regular basis to keep the kids interested and active. Circuit training works both indoors and outdoors, depending on the type of facilities available’. Other activities can be linked to from the menu on the left.
  • Physical activity and exercise guidelines for all Australians
    Australian Government Department of Health. ‘To help Australians understand how much activity they need, we have developed physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines for each age group and for pregnancy. About the Guidelines, Physical activity guidelines by age Ordering the Guidelines, Summary by age and How we developed the guidelines’.

Journals & Magazines

For other educational journals, see the Education Journals page.

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Resource Links

As indicated, we have now de-archived the PE Resources page. The following links were to be transferred there. They have, however, been retained on the current page for the time being. You should check the Resources page for a larger collection of links.


  • ACHPER - Resources
    A listing of more than 280 resources collated and available from ACHPER in the area of & Physical Education areas. Fee-based. Done under several headings including Year bands.
  • 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’. Knowledge base and Resources.
  • 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. ‘Listen to members of the Health and Physical Education Advisory Group and critical friends discuss the features of the curriculum’. [6.25min.]
  • 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’.


  • 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 and Health Education K
    British Columbia, Canada. ‘Background Information, Core Competencies, Big Ideas, Curricular Competency, Content and Change Grade [to find different levels, e.g. Y4]’. Canada.
  • Physical Education Practitioner Research Network
    ‘The aim of this website is to bring together physical education teachers, coaches, physical activity leaders, volunteers and university practitioners from around the world to talk about practice, young peoples’ experiences of physical activity, and research’. UK.
  • Physical Education Printables, Lessons & References Collections of links related to PE and other curriculum areas. US-oriented, but many are still suitable. USA.
  • Physical Education Teaching Playlists
    Select from the extensive range of playlists. From Middle Years Physical Educations through to PE Teacher Interview Question and Answer.
  • Saskatchewan Physical Education Curriculum
    This opens to the Kindergarten level. Select other levels using the Physical Education link on the top menu. Curriculum Document, Outcomes and Indicators, Resources. You can also download a PDF version of the Curriculum for each level, including Outcomes and Indicators. Canada.
  • Staying Healthy and Avoiding Injuries in Sports
    Contains multiple sections 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.
  • TeachPE
    ‘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.
  • PE & Sports
    Education World. ‘Be sure to see our PE & Health Subject Centre for more great lesson ideas and articles’


  • 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’.
  • 11 Fun Running Games for Kids
    ‘Running games are a fun way to fit physical activity into your day without feeling like you’re doing a workout. Here are 11 to try’.
  • 15 Fun Running Games For Kids
    ‘Why not encourage children to run and be physically active ? MomJunction helps you make running fun and exciting with these 15 best running games for kids’.
  • 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’.
  • Healthy Kids : 5 Easy Running Games for Kids
    ‘To stay fit and healthy, here are my top 5 easy to play running games for large groups. You only need a large space and some very simple supplies, if any, for these easy running games’.
  • Just Run - Session Activities
    ‘The drill packages have been developed to best prepare young legs and bodies for running. They are fun to do and improve agility, balance, coordination, strength and conditioning and are the perfect complement to JUST RUNNING for school age children’.
  • Running Games for Kids to Encourage Exercise
    ‘Planning organised games that involve running is a great way to get kids to exercise while still having fun. Whether you’re looking for running games for a sports practice, physical education class, a birthday party or just to play in the backyard, here are some games that are always a big hit with kids’.
  • Top 7 Running Games for Kids
    ‘Most kids like to run naturally, but having them run around a track just for the sake of exercise takes away the fun. Therefore coming up with organised games that will let them run around is a great way to get your kids do some exercise. Here are some outdoor running games for kids you can try’.

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