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What does learning in HPE look like?

Learning in Health and Physical Education encourages young people to live full, active, and satisfying lives. They learn to take responsibility for their own well-being and the well-being of their communities. It gives them confidence to be who they are. Learning in health education, physical education, and home economics helps students grow as ‘"confident, connected and involved" lifelong learners, ready to contribute to their world. It embodies The New Zealand Curriculum’s vision for our young people. It enables them to develop the knowledge, values, and competencies to live full and active lives.

Students will learn through interactive and practical activities that draw on their own experiences and needs, current and future. As they actively explore challenging situations, students increase their knowledge and skills and develop understandings about themselves, others, and society.

They learn to:

  • develop knowledge and skills to take action to promote positive well-being for self, others, and society
  • engage in a range of movement experiences that promote and support the development of knowledge and skills that contribute to well-being
  • develop confidence, and competence, to enhance well-being (This relates to the dimensions of hauora: taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha whānau, and taha tinana.
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  • minimise risk and develop protective factors to become more resilient (They develop meaningful ways of coping with adversity. They can access support for themselves and use strategies to support others)
  • explore attitudes and values, and develop understanding of behaviours that encourage equity, respect, care, and concern for others and social justice
  • think critically to develop understanding of well-being related situations
  • think creatively to develop constructive solutions that support and enhance well-being.

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