Physical Education 8

Course Outline

Students in grades 7-9 will build on the physical literacy skill development of the previous grades by refining fundamental movement skills through a skills-and-movement-concepts approach. Students in grades 7–9 will develop new skills and skill combinations through the introduction of new activities. Developing an ability to perform skill combinations and movement concepts while applying offensive and defensive strategies is a focus during these grades. Learning experiences will be non-traditional so that they are non-elimination, provide more opportunity for practice. Health-related physical fitness at the grades 7–9 level includes cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Personal fitness becomes a greater focus for students at this level. Regular participation in physical activity at moderate to vigorous intensities through quality physical education is important for optimal growth and development of children and adolescents. It is important that students not only have opportunity to develop/maintain healthy fitness levels through physical education, but that they understand why this is important and how they apply this knowledge to their lives outside of school.

Developing an ethic of fairness and respect is critical in preparing 21st-century learners growing up in the global community in which live. Thus, students in grades 7–9 will first analyze and later evaluate behaviours related to respect for diversity. Students in these grades will also analyze and evaluate behaviours related to fair play; compassion, sensitivity, and responsiveness toward all others; and, respectful language (verbal and non-verbal) that values diversity (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, body shape and size, and economic status).

There are four diverse movement categories that define physical education curriculum. All outcomes are taught through a balance of experiences within these categories. These categories include dance, educational gymnastics, games, and active pursuits.

Updated October 22, 2020