As the weather warms up, it is great to fill our lungs with fresh air and get moving. Teachers focus on a different skill each week, whether it be accurately throwing and catching large or small balls, building stamina and fitness, or reminding students of fair play and sportsmanship. Combining these skills into fun and active games is becoming something students look forward to each day. Seeing students’ enthusiasm to participate and include others in a group game is energising for us all.
There are four strands in the Health and Physical Education curriculum, and we are focused on two this term:
Movement concepts and motor skills, in which students develop motor skills, knowledge and understandings about movement, and positive attitudes towards physical activity, and
Relationships with other people, in which students develop understandings, skills, and attitudes that enhance their interactions and relationships with others. (NZ Curriculum, HPE)
The key competencies of participating and contributing are strongly linked to these strands.
I like doing the games with my friends. I was Mrs Graham’s buddy for the piggy in the middle game (except there were two people in the middle) and we played the Overs and Unders relay. - Tui
We are doing lots of passing and catching and playing games. - Te Omeka
We played Eden Ball and you have to listen to the ‘waiter’ because they are in charge. - Seth
We have been practising throwing and catching, and doing some bounce passing. - Lexi
In health and physical education, the focus is on “the well-being of the students themselves, of other people, and of society through learning in health-related and movement contexts." (NZ Curriculum, HPE) Health and PE is also linked to the concept of hauora, a Māori philosophy of well-being that includes taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha tinana, and taha whānau. The use of the word hauora is based on Mason Durie’s Te Whare Tapa Whā model (Durie, 1994). “Hauora and well-being, though not synonyms, share much common ground. Taha wairua relates to spiritual well-being; taha hinengaro to mental and emotional well-being; taha tinana to physical well-being; and taha whānau to social well-being.”(NZ Curriculum, HPE)
After lockdown, students spent time looking at and creating their own Whare Tapa Whā. Tasks like this one from the Sparklers website, Fill My Whare Tapa Whā, allow students to reflect on their own well-being, recognising that there are many things that contribute to well-being, one of which is physical health. Once students had learned about each of the four walls and the foundations, they completed the sentence starters and personalised it.
Students are benefitting from getting out in the spring sunshine, boosting their well-being and fitness, with lots of fun along the way.
Keywords: Health, Physical Education