Physical Education (PE) is an integral part of each day at Erasmus Primary School. Each week every child participates in sport and dance suitable to their age and stage of development. Sports include swimming, athletics, gymnastics, cross country running and ball games such as basketball, netball, cricket and softball. Sports are scheduled in the timetable so that children have dedicated time to build skills for strength, flexibility and endurance.
The school participates in events such as Jump Rope for Heart, which improves fitness and develops an understanding that being active is essential for a healthy lifestyle.
Students in Years 3–6 participate in House sport carnivals including swimming, athletics, basketball, netball, cricket and tennis. This enables the children to enjoy camaraderie and team spirit by engaging in a greater range of activities with a larger group of children. There are three houses: MacKillop, Phillip and Paterson.
In addition to internal events, interested students are given sufficient lead time to train and qualify for Kew District interschool sport which caters for students aged nine and over.
School Sport Victoria (SSV) on behalf of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) coordinates District sport, and events are organised by volunteers from participating schools. All events except for cross country require qualifying times. Place-getters are then invited to participate and represent their school at the Zone level, which provides the gateway for higher-level state and national competitions.
Health is a study area of our Health & Physical Education subject. This study area is divided into four major strands: Personal Growth & Development, Drug Education, Nutrition, and Safety. In Personal Growth & Development the child is introduced to the fundamental aspects of his or her nature including becoming familiar with the concepts of spiritual, emotional and mental faculties. Drug Education introduces the child to safe and unsafe drugs and medicines. It helps develop an awareness of a healthy body and how to look after it, and how to care for others in illness. It gives information about the people who can help us maintain a healthy body including doctors and nurses. This strand also provides strategies for resisting the peer pressures that older children may meet when they enter secondary school. Food and Nutrition lessons help the child to develop a balanced and healthy diet, good eating habits, awareness of the foods eaten, and the needs of the body for energy and nutrition. Skills in preparing and cooking food and the need for appropriate hygiene are also taught. Safety explores activities at school, home and for recreation as well as learning what do in an emergency, how to avoid danger and exploring issues such as how to deal with strangers.