Stages 4 and 5

Students study 300 hours of PDHPE over Years 7 – 10, in each of the years.

They learn to:

  • think critically, solve problems and make informed decisions on health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity
  • explore issues that impact the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others
  • participate in movement experiences that are regular, varied, purposeful, challenging and enjoyable.

Got to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) page for PDHPE to access the syllabus and support materials including advice on programming and assessment with sample units for life skill students.

Content endorsed courses

Students also have the opportunity to study other elective NESA content endorsed courses (CEC) in the PDHPE key learning area.

Physical activity and sport studies

In physical activity and sport studies (PASS) students enhance their capacity to participate effectively in physical activity and sport, leading to improved quality of life for themselves and others.

See NESA physical activity and sports studies for further information.

The following resources may assist with the programming and delivery of PASS.

  • Sporting champions: born or made? (DOCX 64.9KB) students discuss and think critically about what makes a successful athlete, study examples of athletes born with natural skills and those who developed them through nutrition, training and technology.
  • Everyone active everyday (DOCX 59.5KB) – students explore physical activity in their local community. To promote regular activity and lifelong health, students design a program using local resources.
  • NSW Premier’s secondary school sport challenge – students plan, conduct and evaluate the secondary school sport challenge for a chosen team or class. They promote physical activity and the challenge itself, administer student participation data and complete self and peer reflection. The unit includes comprehensive marking guidelines using the common grade scale for content endorsed courses.
  • Child studies

    In child studies, students learn to positively influence the wellbeing and development of children in the critical early years in a range of settings and contexts.

    See NESA child studies for further information.

    The following resources may assist with the programming and delivery of child studies.

  • Safety in childhood unit (DOCX 63.8KB) models how to integrate modules of the child studies syllabus. Students explore the factors that affect the health, safety and wellbeing of children and design guidelines for safe home and play area
  • Child studies Pinterest board offers a range of resources to support child studies for students in 7-10.
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