Health and Physical Education

St Andrews  School will cover Health as part of the Integrated Curriculum, focusing on areas of agreed need.  Aspects of Health are planned from our concept based curriculum . An integrated curriculum approach to learning  focuses on contexts that have meaning for the children. 
Aspects of Health Programmes may be planned by external Health agencies and provided to school to teach stand-alone subjects with specific  connections to the overarching concept of wellbeing. Life Education delivers specific programmes each year to every class. Health programmes such as Sexuality Education ( Education Act 1989 (as amended in 2001 ) Kia Kaha and Keeping Our Selves Safe units of work will be taught after parents are informed of the learning outcomes .

Focus for Learners In health and physical education

The focus is on the well-being of the students themselves, of other people, and of society through learning in health-related and movement contexts. 

Four underlying and interdependent concepts are at the heart of the Health Curriculum

  • Hauora – A Maori philosophy of well-being that includes the dimensions taha wairua, taha hihengaro, taha tinana, and taha whanau, each one influencing and supporting the others.
  • Attitudes and values – a positive, responsible attitude on the part of students to their own well-being; respect, care and concern for other people and the environment; and a sense of social justice.
  • The socio-ecological perspective – a way of viewing and understanding the interrelationships that exist between the individual, others, and society.
  • Health promotion – a process that helps to develop and maintain supportive physical and emotional environments and that involves students in personal and collective action. 

The Four Strands

  • Personal Health and Physical Development – students develop the knowledge, understandings, skills and attitudes to enhance personal well-being and physical development.
  • Movement Concepts and Motor Skills – students develop motor skills, knowledge and understandings about movement, and positive attitudes towards physical activity.
  • Relationships with Other People – students develop understandings, skills, and attitudes that enhance interactions and relationships with others.
  • Healthy Communities and Environments – students contribute to healthy communities and environments by taking responsible and critical action.

The seven key areas of learning

  • mental health
  • sexuality education
  • food and nutrition
  • body care and physical safety
  • physical education
  • sports studies
  • outdoor education

Physical Education

Physical Education programmes are taught in partnership with Sports South Canterbury with lessons being taught once a week by a facilitator with suggested follow up lessons by the class teacher. The junior school focus is on fundamental movement skills.  The middle and senior school focus is on sports based skills and games.
Where appropriate Health Achievement Objectives are linked to other major curriculum focuses throughout the year. For example, the Achievement Objectives to do with ‘Building Self Esteem’ can be linked to Social sciences. Health Achievement Objectives can also be linked to Physical Education units and vice versa. 


Assessment and Evaluation is collected and collated  at the end of each focus integrated unit. Children will be assessed and the unit evaluated according to the ‘focus’ Achievement Objective.
The Achievement Objectives covered will be tracked over time. PE will be assessed against specific learning outcomes set for the current PE plan.

Inter-School and School Sporting Events

St Andrews School children participate in Rural Schools sports competitions.  From the outcome of the Rural Schools sports, children in years 4-8 may be selected to further represent the rural schools at South Canterbury events.  
School also has organised sports teams.


Learning experiences outside of the classroom will support the learning taking place within the class room.  A plan with possible learning experiences is kept as part of the St Andrews School curriculum plan along with teacher guidelines.

Local Curriculum Goals

  1. Know about their own bodies and how to care for them (eg hygiene, diet, exercise)
  2. Develop self-respect and self-esteem through quality friendships, relationships with others, and recognition of personal capabilities
  3. Participate in a wide variety of physical activities for their enjoyment and wellbeing
  4. Understand the importance of a daily fitness programme
  5. Develop their skills and confidence in a range of physical activities (eg balance, running, climbing, throwing etc)
  6. Uphold fair play, enjoy participating, have a healthy attitude towards competitiveness and be effective team members
  7. Develop skills and routine practices for keeping safe in the home, school and community
  8. Know about people and agencies in the community so as to obtain professional help if required