University of Technology Sydney

027412 Personal Development Health and Physical Education: Teachers and Physical Activity

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Subject handbook information prior to 2021 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Education: Initial Teacher Education
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade, no marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


In today’s society, the school setting offers a supportive environment for building health promoting opportunities for a range of key stakeholders, including teachers and students. Access to regular physical activity, as part of daily lifestyles, is one avenue for promoting wellbeing. This subject is designed to elaborate on the health benefits of physical activity participation. Special emphasis is given to fitness principles, access and design of effective exercises and programs. The subject encourages student teachers as professional role models in the primary school, living, enjoying and leading healthy lifestyles.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

a. Research and document evidence-based rationales for the promotion of physical activity in the school setting.
b. Evaluate and trial professional resources for the teaching of practical, authentic, fun lessons in Active Strands of the NSW PDHPE Syllabus.
c. Appraise meaningful and engaging physical activity suitable for promoting and supporting active lifestyles.

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject contributes to the Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Education CILOs:

1. Professional Readiness

1.1 Operate professionally in a range of educational settings, with particular emphasis on their specialisation (GTS 1, 2)

1.2 Design and conduct effective learning activities, assess and evaluate learning outcomes and create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments (GTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

1.3 Make judgements about their own learning and identify and organize their continuing professional development (GTS 3, 6)

1.4 Act as a developer of learning with colleagues and possess collaborative skills (GTS 7)

2. Critical and Creative Inquiry

2.1 Analyse and synthesise research and engage in inquiry (GTS 3).

Teaching and learning strategies

Students can expect to discover and access a range of helpful resources for supporting teaching in physical education. They will apply and try out practical teaching ideas. They will experience and investigate the benefits of participation in physical activities. The teaching and learning strategies employed in this subject will include active participation in a range of dynamic practical workshops, individual research and readings and creative problem solving activities. Group work and engagement in practice-oriented, authentic assignments will demonstrate critical examination and application of current theoretical approaches to related professional practice in the area of health and fitness. The on-campus classes are designed to be practical collaborative workshops where students teach peers or take part in active, team sports. Students collaborate in groups to research, discover, appraise and analyse the best resource kits for teaching PE and sport.

Opportunity for early formative feedback before the census date will occur for Day 2 for Tasks 1 and 2, where students can discuss the appropriateness of their selected resource and teaching ideas with the lecturer; Days 1-3 for Task 3, where students can submit questions and seek guidance from the Lecturer or arrange a consultation meeting on Day 3 for mentorship; and on Day 4 for Task 2, where students can complete a ‘dry-run’ and practice their activity to gain familiarity and confidence beforehand.

Mode of Delivery

Content (topics)

Physical Activity

  • Benefits
  • Physical Fitness
  • Government Recommendations
  • Fitness leading skills

Designing effective programs

  • Elements to consider when working with children
  • Basic principles of design
  • Components of physical fitness and the FIT principle
  • Improving exercise adherence
  • Practical and psycho-physiological considerations

Finding what’s right for the individual

  • Enjoyment, safety, preferences, options

Teaching and Coaching Resources

  • Reviewing and appraising
  • Developing a resource folio.


Assessment task 1: Presentation


a, b and c

Type: Presentation
Weight: 30%

10 minutes

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Appropriateness of the resource selected 30 b, c 1.2
Quality of communication and the presentation outlining how the kits may support effective learning and teaching in the area 40 a, b 1.1
Validity of research findings and evidence-base for claims made in resource evaluation 30 a, b 1.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Presentation


b and c

Type: Presentation
Weight: 40%

5 minutes plus 2 x A4 page handout plus reference source

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Quality and professional suitability of the selected activity in supporting an engaging and active activity as part of a lesson 40 b, c 1.2
Ability to design and deliver an effective learning experience 20 b 1.4
Degree of student engagement and enjoyment in an active, interactive session 40 b 1.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Report


a and c

Type: Report
Weight: 30%

1,000 words plus references

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Coherence and clarity of description of fitness program attended, the exercise experience and any adherence issues 30 c 1.3
Detailed and convincing argument of the programís health and fitness benefits 30 a, c 2.1
Quality, validity and integration of of research for supporting claims made 30 a, c 2.1
Professional formatting and APA referencing 10 a, c 2.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

Attendance at all workshops is critical as this subject is taught as in block mode and is participatory by nature. Students are expected to read the subject outline and be familiar with the following assessment and attendance requirements:

Students who miss more than 1 hour of the scheduled on-campus workshops will not have their final task assessed.

Recommended texts


  • ACHPER (1984). Daily Physical Education. Hindmarsh. ACHPER Australian Sports Commission (ASC) (2008).
  • Beginning Coaching General Principles Course.
  • Australian Sports Commission (ASC) as part of Aussie Sport. (1997). Sport it! towards 2000 teacher resource manual : developmental sports skills program. ASC, Bankstown, N.S.W.
  • Board of Studies NSW (BOS) (1997a). Physical activity for health and fitness. Sydney, BOS.
  • Board of Studies NSW (1997b). Watch your step (stages 1, 2, and 3). Sydney, Board of Studies NSW.
  • Currie, J.L. (2013). Teaching PE in Primary School. ACER Press.
  • Fitness Australia. (2015). Children's Health & Fitness Service Guidelines. Retrieved from
  • Landy, J. and Landy, M. (1993). Ready-to-use P.E. activities for grades K-2. New York, Parker (also grades 3-4, 5-6 and 7-9).
  • New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET) (2008a) Guidelines for the Safe Conduct of Sport and Physical Activity in Schools.
  • New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET) (1999). Guidelines for the safe conduct of sport and physical activity in schools. Sydney, NSW DET.
  • NESA. PDHPE resources:
  • NSW Government. (2008). Healthy Kids Website.
  • NSW Health. (2006). NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS) 2004 Summary Report.
  • Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW (RTA). (2008). Road Safety Education information for Schools, Kids in Traffic Resources and Curriculum Support.
  • Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (2008). Swim and Survive and Teacher Tools Information
  • Schembri, G. (1991). Aussie gym fun. Australian Gymnastics Federation Inc.
  • Tasker, S. (2003). Healthy choices: addressing obesity and exercise issues in Australian adolescents. Perth: Educational Masters.

Other resources


  • ACHPER. Healthy Lifestyles Journal
  • Australian Sports Commission. Aussie Sports Action
  • Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • Physical education journal (Australian Physical Education Association)
  • Physical education and sport pedagogy: journal of the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Educator.