Physical Education

Physical Education Classes @ OLHC

Physical Education at Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School is fun for all and provides students the building blocks to leading a healthy and active lifestyle, now and into the future.
Students from Foundation through to Year 6 attend weekly Physical Education lessons during which they are taught Fundamental Motor Skills as well as concepts of movement, coordination, cooperation and healthy lifestyles according to the Victorian Curriculum. (See attached and below for elaborations on this.) Students are encouraged to learn at their own pace and to perform at their optimum level. Fun and enjoyment are key ingredients

Foundation students are introduced to fundamental gross motor skills; including running, jumping, skipping, throwing, catching, kicking and bouncing. These skills are built upon in Year 1 and 2 and then applied into more structured games in Year 3. Once students hit Year 5 and 6, it’s time to apply these skills with tactics and game strategies, with many students representing the school in the Inter-school Sport program.

Students participate in units of work focusing on Athletic movement and skills in preparation for  a range of key events including:

  • School Sports/House Athletics. We hold the House Athletics Carnival each year in Term 1 on a Sunday so family members can attend.
  • Cross Country: Fitness/long distance running in the lead up to the whole school House Cross Country.
  • Swimming Program: Each student from Foundation to Year 5 also undertakes an intensive Swimming program.
  • Beach safety: Grade 6 participate in a beach safety program in term 4.
  • Bike Education: The Grade 4’s participate in a Bike Ed program, focusing on safety and riding skills.

Our Lady Help of Christians participates in the Warrnambool City District as part of School Sport Victoria. This gives our students the opportunity to represent the school in  sports such as Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, AFL, Netball, Lawn Bowls, Basketball, Hockey 7’s, Cricket, Volleyball and Soccer.

Physical Education is a fun opportunity for students to not only develop physical skills, but learn teamwork, sportsmanship, co-operation, communication and fair play.


Health & Physical Education - The Curriculum

The curriculum focuses on supporting students to make decisions about their own health, safety and well-being and on developing the knowledge, understanding and skills to support students to be resilient. It also enables them to access and understand health information and empowers them to make healthy, safe and active choices. Students also learn about the behavioural aspects related to regular physical activity and develop the dispositions required to be an active individual.

Moving the body

The curriculum lays the important early foundations of play and fundamental movement skills. It focuses on the acquisition and refinement of a broad range of movement skills. Students apply movement concepts and strategies to enhance performance and move with competence and confidence. Students develop skills and dispositions necessary for lifelong participation in physical activities

Communicating and interacting for health and well-being


The curriculum develops knowledge, understanding and skills to enable students to engage critically with a range of health focus areas and issues. It also helps them apply new information to changing circumstances and environments that influence their own and others’ health, safety and well-being.

Understanding movement

The curriculum focuses on developing knowledge and understanding about how and why the body moves and what happens to bodies when they move. While participating in physical activities, students analyse and evaluate theories, techniques and strategies that can be used to understand and enhance the quality of movement and physical activity performance. They explore the place and meaning of physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport in their own lives, and across time and cultures.

Learning through movement

The curriculum focuses on personal and social skills that can be developed through participation in movement and physical activities. These skills include communication, decision-making, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, and cooperation. The skills can be developed as students work individually and in small groups or teams to perform movement tasks or solve movement challenges. Through movement experiences, students develop other important personal and social skills such as self-awareness, self-management, persisting with challenges and striving for enhanced performance. They also experience the varied roles within organised sport and recreation.

Fundamental movement skills addresses the development of fundamental movement skills that provide the foundation for competent and confident participation in a range of physical activities which include:

  • locomotor and non-locomotor skills - rolling, balancing, sliding, jogging, running, leaping, jumping, hopping, dodging, galloping, skipping, floating and moving the body through water to safety
  • object control skills - bouncing, throwing, catching, kicking, striking.

Games and sports address the development of movement skills, concepts and strategies through a variety of games and sports. The games and sports focus area builds on learning in active play and minor games and fundamental movement skills.