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Health and Physical Education learning modules, F–6
series of learning modules has been produced to support schools and teachers in their understanding of the Victorian Curriculum F–10 and to assist in the planning, implementation and assessment of F–6 Health and Physical Education.
Teachers can work through the four modules at their own pace. Each module begins with an introduction to the topic, followed by two or more video presentations and a resources page with links to readings and other third-party resources. Some modules have a non-compulsory quiz to test your knowledge and understanding.
We encourage primary schools and HPE teachers to explore these targeted resources, either completing each module sequentially or selecting those that are most appropriate to their professional learning needs.
Health and Physical Education posters, F–10
These posters have been developed to support teachers in the assessment of the Movement and Physical Activity strand of the Health and Physical Education curriculum F–10.
- Each of the three sub-strands is unpacked: Moving the body, Understanding movement, Learning through movement.
- The skills and knowledge that students are expected to develop as they progress in Health and Physical Education are listed in colour under each sub-strand. These skills and knowledge are based on the content descriptions and achievement standards in the curriculum.
- Below each skill and knowledge are explicit examples of what a student might do if they are demonstrating achievement of the standard at that specific curriculum level or band.
It is important to note that the examples in the posters are not exhaustive; there are other skills and knowledge that students may demonstrate.
Teachers and schools are encouraged to download, print, laminate and display the poster for all levels of the curriculum.
Assessing Movement and Physical Activity poster – Foundation
Assessing Movement and Physical Activity poster – Levels 1 and 2
Assessing Movement and Physical Activity poster – Levels 3 and 4
Assessing Movement and Physical Activity poster – Levels 5 and 6
Assessing Movement and Physical Activity poster – Levels 7 and 8
Assessing Movement and Physical Activity poster – Levels 9 and 10
A styled text-only Word version of the posters has also been provided:
Assessing Movement and Physical Activity posters F–10, text only versions
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. In conjunction with Life Saving Victoria, the
progression of swimming and water safety in the Victorian Curriculum has been aligned to the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework to provide schools and teachers with a clear picture of the skills and knowledge students should develop across Levels F–10. A range of sample activities for F–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
Swimming and water safety Level 2
Swimming and water safety Level 4
Swimming and water safety Level 6
Swimming and water safety Level 8
Swimming and water safety Level 10
Home Economics: Design Technologies and Health and Physical Education
Cross-curriculum resources: Home Economics for sample units of work that provide examples of how Home Economics teaching and learning programs can draw on both Design and Technologies and Health and Physical Education.
Dance: The Arts and Health and Physical Education
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 sample unit of work: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Level 1-2 sample unit of work: A Day At The Beach
Level 3-4 sample unit of work: Crazy Boot Scootin
Level 5-6 sample unit of work: Sport Mob Dance
Academic vocabulary can be broadly defined as the specific language requirements students need to know and understand in order to learn. This includes the specific language content for each learning area and capability that students need to master in order to be successful learners within that field of study.
For information on academic vocabulary visit
Department of Education and Training - Vocabulary and
VCAA Academic Vocabulary.
The following external links are for teacher reference purposes. They do not constitute VCAA endorsement of the views or materials contained on these sites.
Department of Education and Training
The Department of Education and Training have a range of resources available to support the teaching of many topics relevant to Health and Physical Education. These include:
School Swimming and Water Safety Toolkit
Note: These Department of Education and Training Resources provide evidence-based support for teaching in the Health and Physical Education curriculum area and are progressively being mapped to the Victorian Curriculum F–10.