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Physical education and wellness curriculum supports a strength-based focus that promotes the development of the whole individual and aims to nurture students in their pursuit of a healthy and active life. From Kindergarten to Grade 6, students are supported on their journey of achieving optimal well-being through a healthy school community that emphasizes
  • movement skills development
  • active living
  • growth and physical development
  • safety
  • personal development, mental health, and well-being
  • nutrition and healthy eating
  • healthy relationships
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Organizing Idea
Active Living: A healthy way of life includes regular practice of meaningful active living.
Guiding Question
How can motivation support engagement in active living?
Learning Outcome
Students establish and communicate how motivation supports personal growth through active living.
Knowledge
Motivation is supported by setting goals and monitoring progress toward those goals.

Motivation supports planning, training, and achieving physical activity goals.

Training principles include
  • frequency
  • intensity
  • time
  • type
Understanding
Motivation in physical activity can support different training principles.

Motivation can support individual physical activity routines to improve personal fitness and health-related components.
Skills & Procedures
Connect daily routines and planned physical activities with active living goals.

Examine how training principles can contribute to active living.
Knowledge
Motivation can lead to development of movement skills.

Motivation can lead to exposure to a variety of physical activities.
Understanding
Motivation can lead to accomplishment and performance across various physical activities.

Feedback and self-reflection can support motivation.
Skills & Procedures
Recognize the influence of motivation on personal skill development and proficiency in various physical activities.
Knowledge
Motivation can lead to commitment, personal growth, and higher levels of engagement.

Supports for motivation can include
  • parents and caregivers
  • teachers
  • role models
  • community organizations
  • coaches
  • Elders
  • Knowledge Keepers
  • team members
  • natural and built environments
Understanding
Active living in the community occurs when individuals are encouraged and supported.
Skills & Procedures
Describe personal and community supports associated with motivation for active living.
Knowledge
Social environments, including historical and cultural contexts, affect personal choice in active living.
Understanding
Perceptions of active living, recreation, and wellness evolve over time.
Skills & Procedures
Compare active living across historical contexts.

Compare sports that were played in different historical time periods.
Organizing Idea
Movement Skill Development: A healthy way of life includes regular movement.
Guiding Question
In what ways can movement patterns function to improve performance?
Learning Outcome
Students refine and apply movement patterns in controlled and dynamic physical activities.
Knowledge
Similar patterns exist across a variety of physical activities.
Understanding
Patterns can be transferred across a variety of physical activities for individual or group success.
Skills & Procedures
Demonstrate how similar movement patterns are applied across various physical activities.
Knowledge
Feedback can be used to refine movement combinations, patterns, and sequences when performing movement skills.

Controlled physical activities can be activities that are structured, individual, or partnered.

Controlled physical activities allow for repeated practice of movement skills.

Dynamic physical activities are limited in structure yet fluid and changing.

Dynamic physical activities require immediate decision making and refinement of movement skills.
Understanding
Patterns can be customized to enhance proficiency of movement.

Patterns are essential to the development of specialized movement skills in a variety of physical activities.
Skills & Procedures
Adapt movement patterns to improve accuracy, speed, and proficiency in a variety of controlled and dynamic physical activities.
Knowledge
Creativity in movement can be supported by including objects and changing tempo and rhythm.

Patterns are movements that enable the body to move in response to a stimulus.
Understanding
Movement combinations, patterns, and sequences can be adapted using creativity.

Skills & Procedures
Implement movement patterns in response to a variety of physical, verbal, visual, and musical stimuli.
Guiding Question
How does structure bring organization to physical activity?
Learning Outcome
Students examine and explain structure in physical activity.
Knowledge
Structural components of physical activities can have various characteristics and features, including
  • rules and guidelines
  • purpose or intent
  • number and roles of participants
  • required equipment
  • physical setting or environment
  • required movement skills
  • desired result
Structure has commonalities and varying levels of complexity across various physical activities.
Understanding
Structure provides an objective or purpose to the physical activity.

The components of physical activity structures involve various characteristics and features.
Skills & Procedures
Describe the structure of physical activities performed in the learning environment.

Apply understanding of structure in the creation and playing of games.
Knowledge
Structure can be modified to meet the needs of various abilities by
  • changing equipment size and type
  • adjusting playing area
  • adjusting purpose or intent of the physical activity
  • providing more time
  • changing target size and distance
  • varying movement skills used
  • having players send objects while stationary or moving
Understanding
Structure provides parameters to support safety, engagement, and inclusion of all participants.
Skills & Procedures
Modify physical activities and games to improve safety, engagement, and inclusivity.
Knowledge
Structure contributes to making connections between physical activities.

Structure provides opportunities for critical and creative thinking.

Understanding
Strategy and tactics are supported through an understanding of the structure of physical activities and games.
Skills & Procedures
Utilize an understanding of structure to inform strategy and tactics.
Guiding Question
How can conflict resolution support engagement in physical activity?
Learning Outcome
Students analyze the influence of conflict resolution on physical activity.
Knowledge
Team success can be influenced by conflict.

Practices to manage conflict can include
  • acknowledging the conflict
  • discussing the impact
  • agreeing to a cooperative process
  • understanding emotions
  • clarifying facts and understanding
  • listening to understand
  • proposing solutions
Understanding
Team effectiveness can be influenced by the ability to manage conflict.

Teamwork requires collaboration when coming to a resolution.

Successful teams develop practices to manage conflict.
Skills & Procedures
Practise conflict resolution.

Reflect on practices used to resolve conflict.
Knowledge
Cooperative and competitive situations can influence individual and group experiences.

Understanding
Cooperative and competitive situations may require members to adjust thinking or actions.
Skills & Procedures
Demonstrate how cooperative and competitive situations influence thinking and actions.
Organizing Idea
Character Development: Exploration of life opportunities and virtues develops resiliency and personal talents and promotes lifelong learning.
Guiding Question
How can life opportunities shape personal talents, virtues, and hope?
Learning Outcome
Students examine how personal talents, virtues, and hope connect to life opportunities in a variety of contexts.
Knowledge
Knowledge of personal talents, assets, strengths, virtues, and interests can provide hopeful insight into life roles.

Independence is having the confidence and ability to make decisions to try new or challenging activities.

Independence supports the development of initiative.
Understanding
Changing life roles may require increased independence to develop personal talents.
Skills & Procedures
Relate personal skills and interests to various life roles.
Knowledge
Learning can occur through challenging and adverse experiences.

Involvement in a variety of activities can provide opportunities for personal development.
Understanding
Personal potential develops over time and can evolve from experiences.

Learning is a lifelong process.
Skills & Procedures
Examine changes in personal interests, strengths, and skills.

Reflect on personal skills and interests for continued development and growth.
Knowledge
Strategies for learning and personal development can include
  • managing time
  • acknowledging feedback
  • prioritizing tasks
  • organizational skills
  • clarifying expectations
  • asking questions
  • reflection
  • establishing routines
Understanding
Individuals can apply a variety of strategies to maximize learning potential and support personal development.
Skills & Procedures
Develop and apply personal strategies to support learning and development.
Knowledge
Exposure to a variety of volunteering experiences provides options when making decisions about life and career opportunities.
Understanding
Volunteering provides possibilities for social connectedness.
Skills & Procedures
Describe the effects of volunteering on self and the community.

Plan for potential volunteer opportunities in the school and community.
Knowledge
Discipline is taking proactive steps to protect and improve well-being.

Proactive steps to build discipline can include
  • motivation strategies
  • goal attainment strategies
  • responding positively to successes and challenges
Understanding
Discipline encourages a positive future and inclination to expect favourable life outcomes.
Skills & Procedures
Identify experiences in which discipline can have a positive effect on well-being.
Knowledge
Motivation strategies can include
  • focusing on positive aspects of situations or events
  • reflecting on gratitude
  • telling stories of success
  • seeking positive encouragement and supports
Understanding
Hope can be cultivated through applying motivation strategies.
Skills & Procedures
Apply motivation strategies in a variety of contexts.
Knowledge
Goal achievement strategies that build hope can include
  • listing personal priorities
  • setting specific goals
  • ranking goals by importance
  • breaking goals into small steps
  • recognizing that everyone faces obstacles
  • developing creative ways to overcome obstacles
Understanding
Hope can be cultivated through applying strategies to achieve goals.
Skills & Procedures
Relate strategies to achieving goals in a variety of contexts.
Organizing Idea
Safety: A lifetime of optimal well-being is supported by prioritizing health and safety.
Guiding Question
In what ways might risk influence the outcome of an action?
Learning Outcome
Students examine risk and identify the factors that influence action.
Knowledge
Risk is the overall assessment and identification of hazards related to personal safety and vulnerability.

Considering possible outcomes of risk taking can affect decisions regarding consent.

Risk involves taking action that may evoke a feeling of uncertainty, fear, and vulnerability.

Digital privacy is important to protect personal information.

The internet and social media can expose you to unwanted communication or harmful images and information, including explicit images.

Sharing explicit pictures of someone can be illegal.
Understanding
Taking measured risks can occur in stages.

Taking measured risks is more likely to occur when individuals feel safe, respected, and trusted.

Taking steps to ensure safe online and digital/social media practices can reduce risk.
Skills & Procedures
Discuss how feelings associated with risk taking affect actions and decisions.

Assess safety and vulnerability risks associated with use of digital technology, including intrusion of privacy, bullying, and freedom of expression and its legal limits.

Discuss the negative consequences of viewing explicit media.

Identify potential harms from online and social media use, and explain how to deal with unwanted communication or images.
Knowledge
Short- or long-term risk can be managed or reduced through planning, rehearsal, and evaluation.
Understanding
Risk can lead to an increased likelihood of complications in various contexts.
Skills & Procedures
Describe positive and negative consequences and complications that may result from risk taking in various contexts.
Knowledge
Risks of substance use can include
  • addiction
  • impaired brain development
  • decreased mental health
  • altered mood
  • impaired thinking
Understanding
Several risks connected to substance use can have short- and long-term effects.
Skills & Procedures
Recognize the risks associated with substance abuse.

Identify positive choices and actions that can reduce risks associated with substance abuse.
Knowledge
Aspects of life impacted by risk can include
  • mental health
  • physical well-being
  • environment
  • safety
  • financial well-being
Understanding
Risk has potential to positively or negatively impact several aspects of life.
Skills & Procedures
Reflect on the mental, physical, emotional, environmental, and financial impacts of risk taking in a variety of contexts.
Organizing Idea
Healthy Eating: A lifetime of optimal well-being and physical wellness is supported by prioritizing nutrition and healthy eating.
Guiding Question
How might access to food affect nutrition?
Learning Outcome
Students examine access to food and its effect on making decisions related to nutrition.
Knowledge
Factors can include
  • climate
  • season
  • cost of food
  • budget
  • food-preparation skills
  • location
Access to food can include
  • the land
  • farms
  • gardens
  • grocery stores
  • farmers’ markets
  • restaurants
Whole foods can be more expensive than processed foods.
Understanding
Access to healthy and traditional foods is affected by a variety of factors.

Access to healthy and traditional foods is different for individuals.
Skills & Procedures
Identify factors that affect food access.
Knowledge
Food access is adequate availability of food that meets individual dietary and cultural needs and food preferences.

Lack of food access can affect well-being.
Understanding
Access to food affects nutritional intake and one’s ability to make healthy food choices.
Skills & Procedures
Relate food access to the ability to make nutritional food choices.

Discuss the effects of limited nutritional food choices on physical and mental well-being.
Knowledge
Contexts where nutrition choices may be affected can include
  • restaurants
  • social events
  • recreational events
  • workplace
  • learning environments
Cost of food can vary depending
on context.

Access to energy-dense fast foods is greater than access to healthier foods.
Understanding
Access within a variety of contexts can affect nutrition choices.
Skills & Procedures
Examine how access affects nutrition choices in a variety of contexts.

Compare cost of food in a variety of contexts.
Organizing Idea
Healthy Relationships: Personal well-being is supported through positive relationships built on communication, collaboration, empathy, and respect.
Guiding Question
How can perspectives influence healthy relationships?
Learning Outcome
Students consider and describe a variety of perspectives that support the development of healthy relationships.
Knowledge
Pro-social behaviours can include
  • accepting others
  • being cooperative
  • helping others
  • charity
  • honesty
  • acknowledging diversity
  • sharing
  • volunteering
Understanding
Healthy relationships and pro-social behaviours can be enhanced by considering the perspectives of others.
Skills & Procedures
Examine the effects of taking different perspectives on the development and maintenance of healthy relationships.
Knowledge
Perspectives of others within relationships should be clarified rather than assumed.

Perspective taking is recognizing and appreciating the point of view of others.

Empathy involves trying to understand or share the feelings of another person.
Understanding
Healthy relationships require developing an understanding that others may have different opinions, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and needs.

Perspective can be gained by putting yourself in the place of others.

Skills & Procedures
Consider ways in which other diverse perspectives align or differ.

Identify how the consideration of others’ perspectives contributes to empathy.
Knowledge
Recognition and appreciation of social and cultural perspectives can contribute to acceptance, inclusion, and the common good.
Understanding
Perspectives can contribute to a sense of belonging and interconnectedness.
Skills & Procedures
Examine the connections between perspectives and social and emotional well-being.
Knowledge
Empathy can be improved through
  • role modelling
  • instruction
  • practice
  • reflection
Understanding
Understanding the perspectives of others is linked to empathy.

Development of empathy can reduce bullying behaviours.
Skills & Procedures
Examine how empathy toward others with different perspectives supports healthy relationships.

Organizing Idea
Growth and Development: Decision making that optimizes personal health and well-being is informed by understanding growth and development.
Guiding Question
How can human reproduction support growth and development?
Learning Outcome
Students investigate human reproduction from fertilization to birth.
Knowledge
Pregnancy can occur as a result of sexual intercourse.

Pregnancy can be confirmed by a test.

Abstinence means choosing not to have sexual intercourse.

Sexual activity should never be forced or make individuals feel uncomfortable.

Pressuring or forcing someone to engage in sexual activity has serious adverse moral, social, and legal consequences.

Self-control is a necessary virtue.

It is important to think clearly before giving consent to anything that may have long-term physical, emotional, or social consequences.

Different types of artificial birth control available in Canada can have varying levels of effectiveness and risks.

Sexual activity can expose individuals to the risk of sexually transmitted infections, which can be incurable.

Some birth control measures can lower the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
Understanding
Pregnancy is a natural human process.

Abstinence is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy.

Sexual activity without consent is sexual assault and is never okay.

Birth control can help prevent pregnancy.

Some methods of birth control choices can also help prevent sexually transmitted infections.
Skills & Procedures
Identify possible outcomes of human reproductive activity.

Identify the most effective ways to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Knowledge
Factors that influence reproductive decisions can include
  • age
  • financial preparedness
  • health
  • family, caregiver, and community supports
Understanding
In Canada, individuals have the right to make decisions about reproductive health and can decide if, when, and how often to reproduce.
Skills & Procedures
Discuss factors that can influence decisions related to reproductive health.
Knowledge
The length of pregnancy is approximately nine months.

The length of a pregnancy is divided into three stages called trimesters.

A child born before 37 weeks of pregnancy is called a pre-term birth.

Fetal development during pregnancy can be adversely affected by
  • poor nutrition
  • smoking
  • alcohol use
  • drug use
Adverse effects can include
  • fetal alcohol syndrome
  • premature delivery
  • increased neonatal mortality
Understanding
Fetal development occurs in stages throughout a pregnancy.
Skills & Procedures
Examine fetal development in each of the three trimesters.

Discuss factors that can adversely affect fetal development.
Knowledge
Supportive health practices for pregnancy can include
  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • adequate nutrition
  • early and consistent medical visits
Understanding
Supportive health practices can enhance reproductive health, healthy pregnancy, and safe childbirth.
Skills & Procedures
Identify health practices that support a healthy pregnancy.
Knowledge
Credible sources of reproductive health information can include
  • parents and caregivers
  • Elders
  • health professionals
  • teachers
  • Knowledge Keepers
Understanding
Credible sources can provide accurate information on reproductive health and support healthy reproductive decisions.
Skills & Procedures
Identify credible sources of reproductive health information.
Knowledge
There are diverse traditional, cultural, and religious beliefs regarding reproductive health.
Understanding
Traditional, cultural, and religious beliefs can affect understandings of human reproduction.
Skills & Procedures
Consider ways that human reproduction can be influenced by traditional, cultural, and religious beliefs.
Guiding Question
How can decision making support change during maturation?
Learning Outcome
Students analyze the benefits and challenges of maturation during adolescence.
Knowledge
Changes during maturation may have implications on well-being.

Social changes during maturation can include
  • curiosity in trying new things
  • shifting friendships
  • questioning of personal beliefs
  • increased importance of peers
  • increased financial decision making
  • changes in self-knowledge and self-image
Understanding
Maturation can result in changes in coordination when performing skills and activities.

Maturation can result in an increase in ability, adaptability, and capacity in a variety of contexts.

Skills & Procedures
Consider the implications of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social changes during maturation in adolescence.
Knowledge
Maturation can be supported through various personal and environmental factors, including
  • reducing toxic stress
  • positive mental health
  • immunization
  • regular physical activity
  • avoidance of substance use
  • adequate sleep
  • adequate rest
  • proper nutrition
Understanding
Maturation can be supported through various personal and environmental factors.
Skills & Procedures
Identify personal and environmental factors that can influence well-being and maturation during adolescence.

Connect how personal and environmental factors can influence decision making during adolescence.
Knowledge
Fluctuations in energy levels and metabolism can result in
  • extreme restlessness
  • fatigue and changes in sleep patterns
  • increased nutritional demands
  • increased appetites
  • improper decision making regarding nutritional choices
Understanding
Maturation can lead to increased nutritional demands, fluctuations in metabolism, and changing energy levels.
Skills & Procedures
Connect physical needs to maturation changes during adolescence.