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Swimming and water safety

Development of knowledge and skills relating to survival swimming and basic water safety can significantly reduce a child’s drowning risk and enhance community safety.  By Level 6, it is anticipated that students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills identified in the Victorian Water Safety Certificate. The Victorian Water Safety Certificate is a Victorian Government initiative describes the knowledge and skills to enable students to safely enjoy water based activities in calm and shallow aquatic environments. The Victorian Water Safety Certificate focuses on water safety knowledge, rescue skills, survival sequences and the ability to swim a continuous distance of 50 meters.

The Health and Physical Education Curriculum contains knowledge and skills related the development of swimming skills and water safety knowledge described in the Victorian Water Safety Certificate. A range of sample activities for Foundation to Level 10 has been provided to assist schools to incorporate swimming and water safety into their teaching and learning program.

Sample swimming and water safety activities

The sample swimming and water safety activities have been developed to support teachers to identify the content descriptors, focus areas and achievement standards where swimming and water safety could be included within a health and physical education teaching and learning program. These sample activities aim to provide teachers with ideas for teaching and learning and assessment strategies, they are not intended to be prescriptive.  The sample activities have been colour coded to identify activities that can be conducted in a classroom and to identify those that are water-based.

Swimming_and_water_safety-Foundation_Level (docx - 75.02kb)

Swimming_and_water_safety-Level_2 (docx - 74.97kb)

Swimming_and_water_safety-Level_4 (docx - 75.07kb)

Swimming_and_water_safety-Level_6 (docx - 76.02kb)

Swimming_and_water_safety-Level_8 (docx - 76.44kb)

Swimming_and_water_safety-Level_10 (docx - 75.58kb)


Dance sample units

In the Victorian Curriculum, dance features in both The Arts and Health and Physical Education curriculum areas. When teaching dance, these two curriculum areas complement each other.

The Arts: Dance curriculum focuses on choreographing, performing and appreciating dance. Students use the elements of dance to explore choreography and performance and to practise choreographic, technical and expressive skills. Through this curriculum, students develop a movement vocabulary they can use to explore and refine imaginative ways of moving.

In the Health and Physical Education curriculum area the emphasis is on dance as a lifelong physical activity and the development of movement skills, concepts and patterns. In Health and Physical Education, dance can be taught through the focus area of Rhythmic and expressive movement activities.

Together these curricula provide ways for students to develop personal and social skills and critically appraise cultural and social factors that shape their own identities, body and communities.

The following units provide examples of how dance teaching and learning programs can draw on both The Arts: Dance and Health and Physical Education.

Foundation-The_Very_Hungry_Caterpillar-SampleUnit (docx - 191.76kb)

Level_1-2-A_Day_At_The_Beach-SampleUnit (docx - 174.04kb)

Level_3-4-Crazy_Boot_Scootin-SampleUnit (docx - 180.31kb)

Level_5-6-Sport_Mob_Dance-SampleUnit (docx - 169.07kb)

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