Physical Education

Physical education (PE) is an integral part of the curriculum at Erasmus Primary School. Each week every child participates in sport and dance suitable to their age and stage of development.

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.

In addition to internal events, interested students are given sufficient lead time to train and qualify for Kew District interschool sports which cater 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 the physical education curriculum. This study area is divided into four major strands: personal growth & development, drug education, nutrition, and safety. In personal growth and development the student 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 student 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. 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.

Physical training is designed to make movement disciplined, but natural. Children become agile, strong and healthy. Dance gives children grace and beauty; from a range of PE activities they learn quickness, courage and restraint.

Leon MacLaren

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