Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility, and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education programs can only provide these benefits if they are well-planned and well-implemented.
Why do children need physical education?
Improved Physical Fitness
Improves children's muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance
Develops motor skills, which allow for safe, successful and satisfying participation in physical activities
Regular, Healthful Physical Activity
Provides a wide-range of developmentally appropriate activities for all children
Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness
Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others; question actions and regulations and accept responsibility for their own behaviour.
Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety, and facilitates emotional stability and resilience.
Strengthened Peer Relationships
Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialise with others successfully and provides opportunities to learn positive people skills.
Improved Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
Physical education inserts a stronger sense of self-worth in children based on their mastery of skills and concepts in physical activity. They can become more confident, assertive, independent and self-controlled.
Experience Setting Goals
Gives children the opportunity to set and strive for personal, achievable goals
Why is quality physical education important?
Every student in our school, from Kindergarten to year 6, should have the opportunity to participate in quality physical education.
Quality physical education programs help all students develop health-related fitness, physical competence, cognitive understanding, and positive attitudes about physical activity, so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles.