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Health and Physical Education (Available for use; awaiting final endorsement)

Overview

Cross-curriculum priorities

The Australian Curriculum across all learning areas gives special attention to three cross-curriculum priorities:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability.

In the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F–10), these priorities will have a strong but varying presence across the strands and sub-strands. Icons appearing beneath the content descriptions on the Australian Curriculum website indicate where cross-curriculum priorities have been identified in Health and Physical Education content descriptions and elaborations. Teachers may find further opportunities to incorporate explicit teaching of the priorities depending on their choice of activities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

In the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F–10), the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority will provide opportunities for all students to appreciate and celebrate the beauty of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the significance and impact Australia’s First Peoples’ histories and dynamic cultures continue to have on our world. This priority provides important and engaging contexts for exploring personal, community and group identities. In doing this, it builds understanding about differences and commonalities in systems of knowledge and beliefs.

The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F–10) encourages all students from Foundation to Year 10 to engage with and appreciate the lived experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Health and Physical Education explores Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage and further develops student knowledge of key concepts of country/place, peoples and cultures.

Students learn about the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander modes of communication and ways of living, and develop appreciation and understanding of uniquely Australian connections to place, people and ways of being. They explore the importance of family and kinship structures for maintaining and promoting health, safety and wellbeing within their community and the wider community. Students also have the opportunity to participate in physical activities and cultural practices such as traditional and contemporary Indigenous games.

Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

In the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F–10), the priority of Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia provides opportunities for students to explore the synergy between Asia and Australia in the areas of health and physical activity. An understanding of the engagement between Australia and Asia underpins the capacity of students to be active and informed citizens.

The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F–10) enables students to appreciate and engage with diverse cultures, traditions and belief systems of the Asia region through the development of communication and interpersonal skills that reflect cultural understanding, empathy and respect. Students examine the meaning of health and the mind-body-spirit connection across the cultures of the Asia region through wellness practices. These include physical activity and traditions of medicine and healthcare.

In Health and Physical Education, students recognise the influence within Australian culture of traditional and contemporary movement activities from the Asia region. While exploring health and movement in the context of Asia, students develop an understanding of the links between humans, environments and active living practices.

Sustainability

In the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F–10), students explore how they connect and interact with natural, managed and built environments, and with people in different social groups within their social networks and wider communities. They consider how these connections and interactions within systems play an important role in promoting, supporting and sustaining the wellbeing of individuals, the community and the environment as a whole, now and into the future.

Students develop an understanding of their potential to contribute to sustainable patterns of living. They will develop their world view by exploring concepts of diversity, social justice and consumerism as these relate to the promotion and maintenance of health and wellbeing. Through movement experiences, students are provided with opportunities to develop a connection in and with environments and to gain an appreciation of the interdependence of the health of people and that of environments.

In Health and Physical Education, students develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between the health and wellbeing of the individual and the environment. They develop this understanding through a range of activities including learning in, and about, the outdoors; the creation of spaces for outdoor learning; active outdoor recreation; active transport options; and growing, sourcing and choosing food products. As such, they will gain a capacity to advocate and act for a sustainable future.

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