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Why provide opportunities for enjoying movement?

Physical activity is the aspect of physical education that promotes learning through the medium of movement. This publication is designed to provide opportunities for students to enjoy movement and develop positive attitudes to physical activity, both now and in the future. The 2001 Graham Report, Getting Set for an Active Nation: Report of the Sport, Fitness, and Leisure Ministerial Task Force, states:

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That all New Zealanders will have recognised and valued their fundamental right to an active lifestyle. The expression of being a New Zealander will include the positive experience of organised, or spontaneous, physical activity. This will lead to a healthier and more active nation, with social benefits for all, where individuals can realise their full potential.

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School programmes in physical activity support all dimensions of health. The approach used in this book, of encouraging physical activity through the enjoyment of movement, will help students to develop health-promoting physical skills that can be transferred into a wide range of sporting and recreational activities. The students are encouraged to make links between the skills they acquire and their everyday lives.

A well-taught physical education programme also provides a safe, caring, and supportive learning environment that allows students to achieve physical and personal benefits.

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In the school environment, physical education is viewed as a unifying term for a range of interrelated areas that aim to “physically educate” students. Students who engage in physical education develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, and motivation to seek health and physical competence through lifelong involvement in physical activity. Physical education seeks to promote healthy lifestyles among students.

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Victoria Department of Education, Fundamental Motor Skills: A Manual for Classroom Teachers, page 3

Effective physical activity programmes will enable students to make informed decisions about exercise that will contribute to their own well-being and that of other people.


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