- 2019: Continue teaching the PDHPE 7–10 Syllabus in Years 8 and 10
Implementation advice PDHPE K-10 syllabus
- 2018: Familiarisation and planning
- 2019: Implementation in Years 7 and 9
- 2020: Implementation K–10
- Additional implementation advice for special cases can be found on the NESA website.
The following resources can be adapted by teachers to suit the individual needs of their students. Use these resources and other resources from the physical literacy section to plan and deliver PDHPE.
Consider the following questions when developing teaching and learning units
- What key messages do you want students to take away?
- Why does this learning matter?
Sample units, assessments and other resources
New PDHPE K-10 syllabus
Understanding cultural difference: Aboriginal cultures and their games (DOCX 62 KB) is a Stage 4 integrated unit focusing on developing an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal cultures through participating in traditional Aboriginal games. Students explore differences in family structure and the nature of relationships. They will regularly reflect on their own family structure and relationships to identify similarities and differences and appreciate what each culture may offer.
Your body is a wonderland (DOCX 75KB) is a Stage 4 integrated unit which encourages students to focus on how the body functions. This includes the impact of hormones on the body, the brain and the body’s response to hormones in relation to mental health, food and nutrition and physical activity. The unit aims to empower students to recognise that hormones impact a person’s thoughts, feelings and actions. Students will challenge messages about identity, physical appearance and body image and recognise the positive outcomes when their body functions at its full potential. This unit and teacher resource booklet (DOCX 70 KB) was developed by PDHPE staff at Woonona HS.
Stronger together (DOCX 59 KB) is a Stage 4 integrated unit with a sample assessment task and resources. It focuses on developing knowledge and understanding of diversity and inclusion for individuals and the community. Students will develop skills and strategies to support inclusivity as an individual and also within the school and wider community. They will apply these skills in a number of settings and develop empathy for marginalised groups in the community and hopefully use advocacy skills to improve the wellbeing of these individuals. The practical component utilises the concept of T.E.D Games - that is Traditional, Emerging and Disability Games. This unit was developed by PDHPE staff at Macarthur Girls HS.
Getting to know games (DOCX 64 KB) is a Stage 4 unit which allows students to learn and refine fundamental movement skills in a range of game contexts. Students will participate in a variety of movement activities to demonstrate and enhance body control, body awareness, object manipulation, anticipation and timing. Students will participate in competitive and non-competitive, individual and team physical activities and evaluate the degree to which they meet their needs and interests. After lessons students will be involved in discussion of the performance of the skills and activities. Focus of discussion will be the interchangeability of skills across a range of contexts and the importance of practice.
Net and court games (DOCX 65 KB) is a practical unit designed for stage 4. Students develop and refine movement skills and strategies to net/court games. Examples include volleyball, newcombe ball, European handball, paddle tennis and table tennis. Emphasis is placed on the opportunity skill development provides for enhancing participation in lifelong physical activity. Focus of discussion will be the interchangeability of skills across a range of contexts and the importance of practice.
Pass it on – invasion games (DOCX 51 KB) is a Stage 4 unit which allows students develop offensive and defensive skills in a range of games through modified and traditional participation. Examples include touch, flag football, oztag, soccer, hockey, basketball, ultimate frisbee and sofcrosse. Focus is on students being exposed to effective recognised strategies as well as developing their own tactics.
Moving in time (DOCX 48 KB) is a Stage 4 unit which allows students to develop skills through participation in a range of rhythmic and expressive activities. Students use the elements of composition to create and perform compositions and sequences and identify the relevant components of fitness.
On target (DOCX 76 KB) is a Stage 4 unit which allows students to demonstrate movement skills through a range of experiences including skill development, tactical play, minor games and major games. Students develop and refine movements and strategies relating to target games.
Skills and strategies for striking/fielding games (DOCX 660 KB) is a practical unit of work focused on developing the skills and strategies required for striking and fielding games. Developed to support the PDHPE K-10 syllabus for years 7 or 8.
Overarm throw Stage 4 peer assessment (DOCX 566 KB) is a peer assessment task for Stage 4 focused on a student's ability to demonstrate competence in the overarm throw and the ability to make decisions in relation to using the overarm throw in game situations.
Solving a tactical problem – invasion games Stage 4 assessment task (DOCX 57 KB) is a Stage 4 assessment task which encourages students to demonstrate their ability to solve a tactical problem such as maintaining possession of the ball in an invasion game situation.
Two handed strike peer and self Stage 4 assessment (DOCX 120 KB) is an assessment task for Stage 4 focused on a student's ability to demonstrate competence in the two handed strike and the ability to make decisions in relation to using the two handed strike in game situations.
Decision making in net/wall games Stage 4 assessment task (DOCX 48 KB) is an assessment task for Stage 4 focused on a student's ability to make decisions in net/wall and court game situations.
Game skill execution Stage 4 peer assessment task – Stage 4 (DOCX 47 KB) is designed to focus on a student's ability to efficiently execute selected skills in net/ wall and court games.
Using space in striking fielding games Stage 4 assessment task (DOCX 69 KB) encourages students to use a heat track to analyse a batting and/or fielding teams’ performance to gain an understanding of the strategies used to enhance performance in striking and fielding games.
Design a modified activity Stage 5 assessment task (DOCX 46 KB) allows students to design a modified physical activity to improve performance and promote safe participation in practical situations. Students teach the rest of the class in pairs and participate in the modified game.
Ballroom blitz Stage 5 assessment task (DOCX 46 KB) encourages students to choreograph and perform one of the dance styles with a partner. This assessment was originally developed by the PDHPE faculty at Cheltenham Girls High School, as part of a year 9 dance unit.
Game performance Stage 5 assessment task (DOCX 48 KB) is a peer assessment task for Stage 5 focused on a student's ability to demonstrate effective performance in invasion games.
Stage 4 sample teaching and learning activities
- Cooperative learning (DOCX 46KB)
- Positive connections (DOCX 61KB)
- Developing relationship skills (DOCX 51KB)
- Taking the sole out of stereotypes (DOCX 50KB)
- Healthy food habits (DOCX 52KB)
- Running dictation – risk taking (DOCX 48KB)
Additional units and sample scope and sequences are available on the NESA website.
Existing Stage 4 materials - PDHPE 7-10 syllabus (2003)
Anaphylaxis (DOCX 59 KB) unit of work is a sequence of activities and advice for teachers in developing understanding of anaphylaxis as a medical condition that affect young people. Students identify the causes, signs, symptoms and risk factors for an anaphylactic reaction and learn about strategies to minimise the risk of anaphylaxis.
Understanding cultural differences (DOCX 64 KB) is an integrated unit of work is focused on developing an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal cultures through participating in traditional Aboriginal games.
Cultural dance assessment (DOCX 49 KB) allows students to demonstrate learning through collaborative composition and performance of a dance.
Skills and strategies for striking/fielding games (PDF 0.8 MB) focuses on tactical movement and movement skill and performance across a range of striking/fielding games. This unit has a number of assessment for learning strategies.
Decision making net/wall/court game assessment (DOCX 55 KB) involves students observing a peer's game play in a 2 v 2 game. They tally and provide feedback on the appropriate and inappropriate decisions made when selecting what to do with the ball during the games.
Skill execution peer assessment net/wall/court game assessment (DOCX 46 KB) involves students observing a peer's game play in a 2 v 2 game. They make judgements and provide feedback on the efficiency and effectiveness of skill execution.
Solving a tactical problem peer assessment (DOCX 67 KB) involves students identifying how to maintain possession of the ball in a 5 v 5 game.
Two hand strike skills and strategies striking/fielding games assessment (DOCX 115 KB) involves students observing a peer's game play in a striking/fielding game. They tally and provide feedback on the appropriate and inappropriate decisions made when selecting what to do during the game.
Overarm throw skill and strategies peer and self assessment striking/field games (DOCX 347 KB) involves students observing their own or a peer's performance of an overarm throw. They make judgements and provide feedback on the efficiency and effectiveness of skill execution.
Using space in strategic planning for striking/fielding games assessment (DOCX 52 KB) allows students to explain how they apply critical thinking and decision making to create plans and apply tactics in games.
Fielding skills in striking/fielding games assessment (DOCX 48 KB) involves students observing a peer's game play in a striking/fielding game. They tally and provide feedback on the appropriate and inappropriate decisions made when fielding the ball.
Read aloud Think aloud Healthy Food Habits (DOCX 51 KB) This teaching idea uses the Read Aloud, Think Aloud* strategy to deconstruct text. The strategy is be modelled to deconstruct the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating poster. Students then work in pairs to use a guided approach to deconstruct the Healthy eating for children and Healthy eating for adults brochures to gather additional information.
Running Dictation Risk (DOCX 48 KB) This teaching idea uses the running dictation strategy to interpret text and engage reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
Existing Stage 5 materials - PDHPE 7-10 syllabus (2003)
Bend It Like Beckham (DOCX 52 KB) is an integrated unit of work designed to explore challenges, including identity, gender stereotypes and clash of cultural beliefs. Students investigate how to overcome challenges and apply to their own identity and lives. Concurrently student experience practical application of movement skills in the context of soccer.
Preparing for Work (DOCX 44 KB) analyses skills and qualities that are required in the workforce by employees. Students investigate and explore a range of careers or job opportunities that are desirable for them. Students develop a resume and a general cover letter that could be used to apply for work.
Local Opportunities for Physical Activity (DOCX 43 KB) encourages students to create a video file showcasing opportunities for physical activity that interest them in their local area using mobile apps or computer software.
Crash Investigation (DOCX 44 KB) is a road safety education activity to explore the major causal factors that contribute to car crashes.
First Aid on the Road (DOCX 44 KB) is an activity designed to assist students to practice the steps to take in the event of a car crash.
Design a Modified Physical Activity (DOCX 44 KB) encourages students to design and teach a modified physical activity to improve performance and promote safe participation in practical situations.
Backyard Games (DOCX 53 KB) explores how physical activity can be easily incorporated into everyday life. Lessons involve students working in small groups, independently, using a variety of equipment in new environments.
Body Dissatisfaction – No Weigh! (DOCX 321 KB) builds student understanding of socio-cultural influences and perceptions related to body image. Students challenge the social construction of beauty and consider the benefits of healthy eating habits and a positive sense of self for good health and wellbeing.
Mechanical Principles of Movement (DOCX 44 KB) explores how we absorb and apply force, use balance, stability and momentum whilst performing movement. Students will video each other participating in an individual movement activity of their choice.
Skilled to perform (PDF 173 KB) engages students in activities that develop the skills required to adjust and modify movements for improved skill development and performance in increasingly complex and challenging situations.
Ballroom blitz assessment – dance focus (DOCX 48 KB) requires students to choreograph and perform movement inspired from, but not limited to, the basic steps of their chosen dance style.
Invasion game performance assessment (DOCX 46 KB) involves students observing a peer's game play in a 3 v 3 game. They tally and provide feedback on the appropriate and inappropriate decisions made when selecting what to do with the ball during the game.
Road safety education (DOCX 47 KB) encourages students to decode, interpret, question, challenge and evaluate a music video clip as a text that communicates messages through both visual images and words or lyrics.
Healthy Food Habits (DOCX 50 KB) This teaching idea is designed to use text sets to increase the range and volume of sources students use within a health or physical activity related context or focus area.
View Interpret Share Road Safety Education (DOCX 48 KB) This teaching idea is designed to view and interpret visual texts to identify the major causal factors in road and traffic related injuries.