Health & Physical Education
The primary content drawn from health and physical education (H&PE)will be in the areas of outdoor recreation and the influence of connection to place and communities on health and wellbeing. In health and physical education, outdoor recreation refers to recreational activities, or the act of engaging in recreational activities. These are typically associated with outdoor, natural or semi-natural settings. These activities are an important part of learning in the health and physical education curriculum as they promote lifelong physical activity. They also contribute to health and wellbeing through direct personal experiences and connections with natural environments. Outdoor activities provide a valid environment for developing movement competence, promoting a sense of wellbeing, enhancing personal and social skills, and developing an understanding of the concept of risk versus challenge.
Geography is a structured way of exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of the places that make up our world. Outdoor education programs provide opportunities for students to learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for that world, and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future. In geography, students examine why places have particular environmental and human characteristics, explore the similarities and differences between them, investigate their meanings and significance to people and examine how they are managed and changed. All of these concepts can be developed, understood and applied through outdoor learning experiences.
Field studies in geography provide an excellent opportunity to create human nature relationships and to develop aspects of personal growth and development whilst explicit geography learning also takes place.
Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, Science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. Outdoor education programs support students to develop and apply scientific knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues related to their immediate school environment and environments that they may access through natural journeys or camps.