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Key concepts

Key concepts are the big ideas and understandings that we hope will remain with our students long after they have left school.

Health and physical education underlying concepts

Four underlying and inter-dependent concepts are at the heart of the learning area.

Hauora

Hauora is a Māori philosophy of well-being that includes four dimensions: taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha tinana, and taha whānau, each one influencing and supporting the others.

Learn more - Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum: Well-being, hauora

Attitudes and values

Health and physical education encourages:

  • a positive, responsible attitude in students to their own well-being
  • respect, care, and concern for other people and the environment
  • a sense of social justice.

Learn more - Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum: Attitudes and values

The socio-ecological perspective

The socio-ecological perspective is a way of viewing and understanding the interrelationships that exist between the individual, others, and society.

Learn more - Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum: The socio-ecological perspective

Health promotion

Health promotion is a process that helps to create and maintain supportive physical and emotional environments and involves students taking personal and collective action.

Learn more - Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum: Health promotion

Last updated August 31, 2012



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