Physical Education

Semester, Full Year

Physical Education can be studied as an elective at Stage 1. Physical Education can be taken as either a 1 semester course (10 credits) or for a full year (2 semesters at 10 credits each). Stage 1 aims to continue to build on knowledge, understanding and movement skills developed through years 8-10 and prepare students for further study at year 12 (Stage 2).


Through Physical Education, students explore the participation in and performance of human physical activities. It is an experiential subject in which students explore their physical capacities and investigate the factors that influence and improve participation and performance outcomes, which lead to greater movement confidence and competence. An integrated approach to learning in Physical Education supports an Arnoldian1 educational framework that promotes deep learning ‘in, through and about’ physical activity. Physical activities can include sports, theme-based games, fitness and recreational activities. Classes can undertake a learning and assessment program using a single focus approach (e.g. single sport) or can undertake multiple sports, games and/or activities. Topics that are undertaken include:

Focus Area 1: In movement

  • Skill Acquisition
  • Movement concepts and strategies
  • Energy Sources Affecting Performance
  • Effects of training on physical performance

Focus Area 2: Through movement

  • Barriers and enablers to participation
  • Social strategies to manipulate equity in participation
  • Personal influences.

Focus Area 3: About movement

  • The body’s response to physical activity
  • The effect of training on the body
  • Learning and refining skills


Students are assessed using the SACE assessment criteria based on the learning requirements and performance standards describing their level of achievement. Students are assessed on the following:

  • Assessment Type 1: Improvement Analysis
  • Assessment Type 2: Physical Activity Investigation


It is expected that students change into the PE uniform for all practical lessons and wear appropriate footwear, as directed by their PE teacher.

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