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What is physical education about?

In physical education, the focus is on movement and its contribution to the development of individuals and communities.

By learning in, through, and about movement, students come to understand that movement is integral to human expression and that it contributes to people’s pleasure and enhances their lives. They learn to understand, appreciate, and move their bodies, relate positively to others, and demonstrate constructive attitudes and values.

This learning takes place as they engage in play, games, sport, exercise, recreation, adventure, and expressive movement in diverse physical and social environments.

Physical education encourages students to participate in movement experiences that promote and support the development of physical and social skills.

Physical education fosters critical thinking and enables students to:

  • understand the role and significance of physical activity for individuals and society
  • take informed action.

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Last updated December 1, 2011