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Health and Physical Education

About the Health and Physical Education Domain Health and Physical Education Support Materials

Domain Structure
The structure of the Health and Physical Education domain which includes information on the Learning focus, standards and dimensions.

Stages of Learning
The VELS take account of the developmental stages of learning young people experience at school.

Approaches to Teaching
This advice offers a range of strategies and resources which provide teachers with examples that inform and elaborate the standards.

Relationships to Other Domains
This advice identifies how concepts and skills in this domain complement student learning in other domains.

As students approach the end of the compulsory years of schooling they begin to make choices about their preferred areas of and pathways for learning.

Outdoor Education
This advice provides examples of how three schools link their outdoor education program to the VELS.

Safety and sensitive issues in Health and Physical Education
This advice highlights the need for appropriate procedures, guidelines and documentation when teaching sensitive and personal issues and practical activities to ensure the physical, social and emotional safety of individual students at all times.

Sexuality Education and the VELS
The VCAA has developed two resources to assist schools to place sexuality education in the context of the VELS.  These are:

  • ‘Where does sexuality education fit within the VELS?’ – a PowerPoint presentation
  • Sexuality Education Curriculum Audit Tool.

Background to the VELS
This provides background information to the domain including the relationship between the VELS and the previous curriculum guidelines for Victorian schools, the Curriculum and Standards Framework (CSF) II.

Useful links to other websites relating to the Health and Physical Education domain.

All VELS publications relating to the Health and Physical Education domain are available for downloading in this section.

Standards and Learning Focus Statements
Standards define the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours that students should know and are able to do at different levels of schooling.

Assessment Maps
Student work samples with annotations showing how the work addresses selected standards.

Concepts and skills charts
Charts showing how skills and concepts are developed across levels. Links to teaching ideas and resources.

Progression Point Examples
Examples of how student progress can be shown between VELS levels.

Sample Units
Examples of multi-domain teaching, learning and assessment units based on the VELS domains.


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