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Strand A: Personal Health and Physical Development

Students will:

  • gain understandings and skills to manage and adjust to the processes of growth and maturation
  • understand and appreciate, as a result of experience, the contribution of physical activity to personal well-being
  • meet and manage challenges and risks in positive, health-enhancing ways
  • analyse attitudes and values and take actions that contribute to their personal identity and self-worth.

Level 1

Students will:

  • describe feelings and ask questions about health, growth, development, and personal needs
  • use regular, enjoyable physical activity for self-care and personal well-being
  • describe and demonstrate simple health care and safety procedures
  • describe themselves in relation to a range of contexts.

Level 2

Students will:

  • describe their stages of growth and their development needs and demonstrate increasing responsibility for self-care
  • experience and describe the benefits of regular physical activity
  • identify and use safe practices and basic risk-management strategies
  • identify personal strengths that contribute to a sense of self-worth.

Level 3

Students will:

  • identify factors that affect personal, physical, social, and emotional growth and develop skills to manage changes
  • maintain regular, enjoyable physical activity with an increasing understanding of its role in self-care and well-being
  • identify and use safe practices and basic risk-management strategies
  • describe how their own feelings, beliefs, and actions and those of other people contribute to their personal sense of self-worth.

Level 4

Students will:

  • describe the characteristics of pubertal change and discuss positive adjustment strategies
  • demonstrate an increased sense of responsibility for participating in regular, enjoyable physical activity to maintain well-being
  • access and use information to make and action safe choices in a range of contexts
  • describe how social messages and stereotypes, including those in the media, can affect feelings of self-worth.

Level 5

Students will:

  • describe physical, social, emotional, and intellectual processes of growth and relate these to features of adolescent development and effective self-management strategies
  • participate in regular physical activity and describe how this contributes to a balanced lifestyle
  • investigate and practise safety procedures and strategies to minimise risk and to manage risk situations
  • investigate and describe the ways in which people define their own identity and sense of self-worth and the ways they describe other people.

Level 6

Students will:

  • investigate and understand reasons for the choices people make that affect their well-being and explore and evaluate options and consequences
  • choose, implement, and maintain an appropriate physical activity programme that enhances their well-being
  • distinguish between real and perceived risks in physical and social environments and develop skills for appropriate action
  • demonstrate an understanding of factors that contribute to personal identity and will celebrate individuality and affirm diversity.

Level 7

Students will:

  • assess their health needs and identify strategies to ensure personal well-being across their lifespan
  • apply the principles of exercise to enhance personal health
  • demonstrate understanding of the responsible behaviours required to ensure that physical and social challenges are managed safely
  • critically evaluate societal attitudes, values, and expectations that affect people's awareness of their personal identity and sense of self-worth in a range of life situations.

Level 8

Students will:

  • critically evaluate a range of qualitative and quantitative data to devise strategies to meet their current and future needs for well-being
  • plan, implement, and evaluate personal exercise programmes to enhance their well-being
  • analyse dilemmas and contemporary ethical issues that influence their own health and safety and that of other people
  • critically analyse the impacts that conceptions of personal, cultural, and national identity have on people's well-being.