Primary Health and Physical Education

    Unit code: ETP5005 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson
    Victoria University Online


    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. They 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. This unit will focus on strengths-based pedagogy and assessment, how these is enacted in schools and classrooms, and whole-school approaches for promoting health and wellbeing.

    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 the broader community;
    4. Analyse a range of approaches to health literacy and social and personal capability when planning for teaching health and wellbeing learning;
    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 20%
    Investigate, present and evaluate two activities for building students’ physical and social skills in primary schools settings.
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    Analyse and outline key aspects of Primary Curriculum and Pedagogy within Health and Physical Education
    Assessment type: Workshop
    Grade: 40%
    Design and deliver elements of a classroom approach to a key area of the Primary School Health and PE Curriculum.

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