Health and Physical Education in Primary School

EDU70008 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online


  • One semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 12 hours Face to face+Blended Swinburne online – Fully online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

Aims and objectives

This unit focuses on preparing pre-service teachers to plan, teach and assess Health and Physical Education in the primary classroom. In this unit pre-service teachers will gain knowledge of the principles, practices and curriculum context of teaching health and physical education. An emphasis will be placed on safety (physical and emotional) as a key consideration within this learning area.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Demonstrate their understanding of the curriculum content of Health, Physical Education, including the importance of physical exercise and the specific motor skills children should develop at different year levels.
2. Analyse pedagogical approaches in teaching and learning of Health and Physical Education in the Primary classroom.
3. Generate plans of lessons/units of work that reflect relevant current curriculum documentation and contemporary pedagogical approaches including the use of ICT.
4. Analyse a range of assessment strategies and record keeping instruments within Health and Physical Education in terms of their purpose, benefits, limitations and implementation constraints.
5. Evaluate appropriate methods to maintain safe and challenging learning environments within Health and Physical Education.

Courses with unit

This unit replaces EDU70004 Teaching the Growing Child
MA-TEAPRI2 Master of Teaching (Primary)
MA-TEAPRI3 Master of Teaching (Primary)