Focusing on teaching Health and Physical Education in the Primary Years, this unit provides preservice teachers with pedagogical content knowledge and health literacy skills to facilitate primary school students' development of knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary for the pursuit of lifelong physical activity, and strengthening of their physical, mental and social health and wellbeing. Preservice teachers will investigate trends and approaches to health and physical education and personal and social learning and will become aware of the significance of a 'strengths-based approach' in health and physical education theory and practice. The unit content will focus on understanding the current curriculum for Health and Physical Education and Personal and Social Capability in Victorian Primary Schools, strengths-based pedagogy and assessment, how this is enacted in schools and classrooms, and whole-school approaches for promoting health and wellbeing.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
ETP5005

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Interpret and implement the Health & Physical Education and Personal and Social Capabilities curriculum using appropriate teaching and learning principles, procedures and resources;  
  2. Create individually tailored and appropriate programs that draw upon a range of teaching and learning strategies (including ICT) to cater for the diversity of assessment and reporting of young people's interests and capabilities;  
  3. Scrutinise and evaluate a range of resources and frameworks designed to enhance health and educational outcomes in schools and broader community;  
  4. Analyse a range of approaches to health literacy and social and personal capability when planning for teaching health and wellbeing learning, and whole school health promotion; and  
  5. Integrate curriculum requirements for literacy and numeracy, social, personal and digital learning and health, wellbeing, personal and social capabilities in Health and Physical Education.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Investigate, present and evaluate two activities for building students’ physical and social skills in primary schools settings. 20%
Assignment Analyse and evaluate inter-curriculum connections between Health and Physical Education and core curriculum. 40%
Portfolio Design and create a ‘whole of school’ strategic plan targeting a contemporary health challenge. 40%
All assessments, equivalent to 5000 words of written assessment in total, must be satisfactorily completed in order to complete the unit.

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