Physical Education 8

Course Outline

Physical education uses a diverse range of physical activities to teach the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective learning domains. Such experiences will provide learners with opportunities to understand the connectedness between: health-related physical fitness, movement skills, decision-making, relationships, environment, athletics citizenship, and expression of self. This curriculum recognizes the need to address current physical inactivity trends across the province and to prepare learners to be physically literate individuals. To develop physical literacy, learners require diverse experiences in different types of physical activities. The development of a learners’ physical literacy is one of many positive outcomes of a  physical education program.

Physical education programming is participatory based and provides the opportunity for learners to practise and grow their skill competence, creativity, confidence, and strategic thinking. While recess, intramurals, and sport are all valuable contributors to learners’ school experience and physical activity participation, none should be offered in lieu of a physical education program. 

In order to support the development of physically literate learners, the physical education curriculum focuses on:

  • Movement - fundamental skills, combinations, cooperative activities, games, rhythmic movement, educational gymnastics, alternative activities
  • Cognition- knowledge, beliefs, values, morals, decision-making, self-regulation and awareness, healthy living, motivation
  • Affect - social well-being, emotional well-being, environmental health
  • Awareness -  personal health and the value of being active for life

Grade 7 and 8 renewed curriculum has been fully implemented across the province. 

Updated August 2, 2022