Health and Physical Education (or HPE as it is commonly known) is one of the eight Learning Areas in the Australian Curriculum. Technologies is structured into two related content strands: personal, social and community health and movement and physical activity. Each strand contains content under three sub-strands.
In the Australian Curriculum, HPE is a banded Learning Area, with Achievement Standards across two years for all year levels except Prep (which has it's own Achievement Standards): Prep, Years 1-2, Years 3-4 and Years 5-6.
At Salisbury State School we have moved to the Learning Area approach to HPE, in line with Education Queensland guide lines. Our 'sequence of achievement' document maps out the Learning Area Achievement Standards over a two year band for odd and even years. Classroom teachers focus on the personal, social an community health strand and the Physical Education specialist teacher focuses on the movement and physical education strand.
Physical Education Lessons:
All students participate in physical education lessons with a specialist teacher. Lessons are weekly and are 30 minutes in length.
The curriculum focus for our PE program is outlined in the sequence of achievement document.
Swimming follows the Queensland Government's Water Safety and Swimming Education Program. Swimming at school is not a 'learn to swim' program as you would have with private swimming lessons. It follows the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards and has a focus on water safety and being able to use fundamental movement skills in water.
Parental consent must be given before any child can participate in swimming lessons.
We ensure adequate supervision is provided to ensure the safety of students in the pool, through additional staffing. Parent helpers are also welcome during swimming lessons. Teachers will distribute class notes requesting the assistance of parents and carers. Any parent helpers will be additional to the staffing supervision and will not replace paid staff.
To participate in swimming, children must bring the following: -
- bathing cap (compulsory – and available at the school office)
- suitable swimming togs
- sun shirt or tight-fitting t-shirt (compulsory as part of the EQ Sun Safety policy)
- sunscreen lotion (we will provide it for those children who don't bring any)
Please make sure all belongings are clearly marked with your child's name and class. At the end of each term, any lost property is placed in the lost property bins outside the office.
- a bag for belongings and wet gear
- swimming goggles are recommended but are not compulsory
It is recommended that every child should be given the opportunity to learn to swim as a beneficial recreational activity as well as a possible life saving skill.