Personal development Primary School
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
From the NSW K-6 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Syllabus:
Rationale:In our rapidly changing society there is increasing community awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles. The resultant good health is characterised by improved quality of life, less sickness and disability, happier personal, family and social experiences and the opportunity to make choices in work and recreation.
Individuals lead a healthy lifestyle when they live in a way that allows them the greatest chance of achieving and maintaining mental, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing. When individuals are well informed on health issues and have a sense of control about the decisions they make, they are more likely to experience positive relationships, improved quality of life and less illness. PDHPE programs play a unique role in the development of students’ knowledge, understandings and practical skills that lead to better health.
The ability of individuals to adopt a healthy lifestyle may be affected by the social and cultural context in which they live. Student learning is enhanced by an understanding that health is the responsibility of all parts of society. Through promoting the fundamental principles of diversity, social justice and supportive environments, individuals and communities are better able to act for positive health outcomes.Students should be concerned not only about their own health but also about better health for all now and in the future. This is encouraged through raising: concern for the welfare, rights and dignity of all people; understanding of how equity is effected by structures and practices within communities; awareness of disadvantages and actions for their redress; and understanding of how decisions are made and priorities established.