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Introducing the curriculum

Health and Physical Education focuses on students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in varied and changing contexts. Research in fields such as sociology, physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology informs what we understand about healthy, safe and active choices. Health and Physical Education offers students an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active.The Victorian Curriculum Health and Physical Education has two interrelated strands:  Personal, social and community health, and Movement and physical activity which are further divided into sub-strands.

One aspect of the Victorian Curriculum Health and Physical Education is the twelve focus areas.

  • Alcohol and other drugs

  • Food and nutrition

  • Health benefits of physical activity

  • Mental health and wellbeing

  • Relationships and sexuality

  • Safety Active play and minor games

  • Challenge and adventure activities

  • Fundamental movement skills

  • Games and sports

  • Lifelong physical activities

  • Rhythmic and expressive movement

The focus areas provide the context through which the content descriptors and achievement standards are taught and assessed. The focus areas are not discrete topics.

Under pinning the Victorian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education are five interrelated propositions. These propositions are: focuses on educative outcomes; takes a strength-based approach; values movement; develops health literacy skills; includes a critical inquiry approach.  

To view the Health and Physical Education curriculum, please visit the Victorian Curriculum F–10 website.


A PowerPoint presentation outlining the key components of the Health and Physical Education curriculum is available:

Introducing Health and Physical Education (pptx - 325.62kb)

 Contact us

Rachael Whittle, Curriculum Manager
(03) 9032 1721​