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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Health and Physical Education
 
 
Primary division

Students are taught lessons related to healthy living, fundamental movement skills and active participation. Our teachers have received a new resource document that highlights movement activities and allows students to be actively involved in physical activities. The program encourages students to participate on a regular basis in physical activities that maintain or improve their personal fitness level. Through the "Know your Body" health curriculum, students learn about healthy eating, growth and development, personal safety/injury prevention and the proper use of medicines.
 
 
Junior division

The lessons continue to build on the components taught during the students’ primary years. The focus within the physical education classes continues to be active participation. Many aerobic activities are infused within the curriculum to ensure that students continue to develop their own personal fitness levels. Students continue to refine their basic movement skills through the use of lead-up games and dance activities. Key concepts such as good sportsmanship, fair play, respect for officials, teamwork and co-operation are highlighted. Students begin to learn about how body image and self esteem influence eating habits and they being to identify the influences that affect their decisions in regards to substance abuse.
 
 
Intermediate division
The focus shifts from lead-up activities to sport specific activities that require the students to be physically active throughout all physical education classes. Preparing students with the skills to participate in a variety of physical activities is essential to the goal of physical education classes of promoting lifetime physical activity. In the area of healthy living, students continue to apply decision-making skills, problem-solving skills and refusal skills to respond to matters related to drug use and healthy eating habits. Students are also taught to analyze situations that are potentially dangerous and determine how to resolve or how to seek assistance in resolving these situations.