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Through learning in health and physical education, students will develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and motivation to make informed decisions and to act in ways that contribute to their personal well-being, the well-being of other people, and that of society as a whole.

This curriculum incorporates health education, physical education, and aspects of home economics.

Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum (1999) establishes the direction for learning in health education and physical education through four general aims. Within four strands – Personal Health and Physical Development, Movement Concepts and Motor Skills, Relationships with Other People, and Healthy Communities and Environments – the curriculum sets out a clear and structured progression of achievement objectives that spans all levels of schooling.

The curriculum is underpinned by four concepts.

Seven key areas of learning reflect and address the current health and physical education needs of New Zealand students.

The key areas of learning are:

This curriculum also contributes to the development of the essential skills described in The New Zealand Curriculum Framework.