Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education
  • Health and Physical Education aims to empower students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. To this end, health and physical education courses foster the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle. Through opportunities for active learning, courses in this subject group embody and promote the holistic nature of well-being. Students engaged in health and physical education will explore a variety of concepts that help foster an awareness of physical development and health perspectives, empowering them to make informed decisions and promoting positive social interaction.

    Health and physical education focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity.

    Both dimensions help students to develop approaches to learning (ATL) skills across the curriculum. Health and physical education contributes a unique perspective to the development of the attributes of the IB learner profile, promoting the health of individuals and communities.

    Through health and physical education, students can learn to appreciate and respect the ideas of others, and develop effective collaboration and communication skills. This subject area also offers many opportunities to build positive interpersonal relationships that can help students to develop a sense of social responsibility.

    At their best, health and physical education courses develop the enjoyment, engagement and confidence in physical activity that students need in order to achieve and maintain a balanced, healthy life.

    Physical activity and health are of central importance to human identity and global communities. They create meaningful connections among people, nations, cultures and the natural world, and they offer a range of opportunities to build intercultural understanding and greater appreciation for our common humanity.

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    IB Middle Years Programme | Health and Physical Education guide (2014)

Courses Offered

Required Course

  • Health and Physical Education

Electives

  • Lifetime Sports
  • Physical Fitness
  • Team Sports
  • Weight Training & Conditioning
 Health-Based Electives
  • Community 1st Aid & /Emergency Response
  • Sports Medicine I
  • Sports Medicine II

Leadership-Based Electives

  • Peer Discovery
  • PEPI: PE Pupil Instructors
  • Student Leadership

Health and Physical Education Courses

Required Courses

  • Healthful and Physical Education Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: NoneRecommended for grades 9-12

    The completion of Health and Physical Education is a North Carolina high school graduation requirement. The course consists of the required high school healthful living essential standards and clarifying objectives approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education and required by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. After completing Health and Physical Education students are encouraged to pursue other Healthful Living electives.*N*Physical education components include the progressive development of motor skills and movement concepts along with learning opportunities that promote health related fitness and personal/social responsibility. Health components include analyzing the relation between nutrition and physical activity, understanding the importance and consumer health, learning solid decision-making to prevent use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Opportunities to practice solid decision making and conflict resolution strategies are provided to assist students in development of healthy mental and emotional health through productive interpersonal communication and development of relationships.

Electives

  • Lifetime Sports Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: Health and Physical EducationRecommended for grades 10-12

    This course is designed to include the development of general personal fitness, and active participation in lifetime sports such as golf, tennis, badminton, table tennis, bowling, archery, racquetball, and pickle ball. Activities are equally divided within the total weeks of the semester. This course includes the history, rules, and terminology with an emphasis in skill development, game strategies, and safety.

    Physical Fitness Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: Health and Physical EducationRecommended for grades 10-12

    This course emphasizes regular participation in a variety of enjoyable fitness activities that promote a healthy and wellness-oriented lifestyle. This is an individual health-related fitness course in which the students, through active participation, develop knowledge and skills to provide enjoyment in the areas of cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and muscular strength/endurance.

    Team Sports Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: Health and Physical EducationRecommended for grades 10-12

    This course is designed to include the development of general personal fitness, and active participation in team sports such as basketball, soccer, flag football, lacrosse, volleyball, and softball. Activities are equally divided within the total weeks of instruction. This course includes the history, rules, and terminology with an emphasis in skill development, officiating, game strategies, and leadership.

    Weight Training And Conditioning Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: Health and Physical EducationRecommended for grades 10-12

    This course involves introductory techniques of weight training and cardiovascular conditioning, safety precautions, and injury prevention, and other methods of weight management. The major focuses are general muscle toning and achieving total fitness. The development of a personal fitness program is a part of this course. This course is designed to improve muscular strength and power through progressive weight training techniques. More advanced coursework on the principles of cardiovascular fitness and strength development are a part of this course. The course includes techniques and skills as well as alternative strategies for developing overall strength and conditioning. The refinement of the student’s personal fitness plan is included in this course.

    Community First Aid & Safety/Emergency Response Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: Health and Physical EducationRecommended for grades 10-12

    This course offers an in-depth focus on first aid, safety, and emergency response. Students will be certified in Community First Aid and Safety (Adult/Child/Infant CPR and basic first aid are the main components) or Emergency Response (CPR for the professional rescuer, emergency response, and an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) section are the main components.) This course would be beneficial to students interested in “First Responder” and safety careers. This is a good foundation course for students wishing to enroll in Sports Medicine I.

    Sports Medicine I Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education, Community First Aid & Safety/Emergency Response, or Personal Health & Fitness, and sponsoring teacher recommendation. Recommended for grades 11 and 12.Recommended for grades 11-12

    This course is designed for students interested in the career of athletic training. The primary focus includes, but is not limited to, the following topics: The Athletic Training/Sports Medicine (ATSM) Team, organization and administration, injury prevention, physical training and conditioning techniques, nutritional considerations, protective sports equipment, psychology of sport injury/illness, mechanisms and characteristics of sports trauma, tissue response to injury, human anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, CPR/blood borne pathogens, injury assessment and evaluation, environmental concerns, basic taping and bandaging, explanations of therapeutic modalities, basic exercise rehabilitation, drug use/abuse in sports, and skin disorders. Students may be required to engage in practical experience outside of class for the purpose of applying knowledge and techniques learned in class.

    Sports Medicine II Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisites: Sports Medicine I and sponsoring teacher recommendationRecommended for grade 12

    This course is designed for students wanting to further their knowledge in the field of athletic training through the integration of information presented in Sports Medicine I. The primary focus includes but is not limited to the following topics: human anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, specific sports injuries or conditions related to the foot/ankle/lower leg, knee, shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist/hand, hip, thigh, groin, pelvis, abdomen, thorax, lumbar/thoracic/cervical spine, head, face, in addition to other health considerations and advanced taping techniques. Students may be required to engage in practical experience outside of class for the purpose of applying knowledge and techniques learned in class.

    Peer Discovery Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education and teacher recommendationRecommended for grades 11 and 12

    This course is designed as a prevention program to train high school students for peer and cross-age (elementary and middle school) helping and educational experiences. Objectives include enhancing students’ self-esteem, self-awareness, communication and social interaction skills, and leadership qualities. Course instruction includes a half-semester of lectures and experimental experiences. During the remainder of the course, students act as small group leaders, peer helpers, or activity leaders. The course includes interacting with a variety of students from various backgrounds. Peer leaders are selected on the basis of maturity and sense of responsibility.

    PEPI (Physical Education Pupil Instructors) Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education and sponsoring teacher recommendation.Recommended for grades 11 and 12

    The course is designed for students interested in serving as physical education aides to elementary classroom teachers. Special training in the area of elementary physical education is given to each student prior to working in the schools. Students are trained in classroom management; development of physical activity lessons, conflict resolution skills, and providing lessons aligned to the Physical Education goals in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. This course is designed for students interested in careers related to teaching or recreation leadership.

    Student Leadership Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education and sponsoring teacher recommendationRecommended for grade 12

    This course includes the development of advanced skills and knowledge in all areas of the physical education program, enhancing student's self-esteem and self-awareness, as well as developing communication and social interaction skills while gaining leadership abilities. Students spend a major portion of class time serving as student physical education assistants in regular and special classes and assist with extracurricular activities. Leadership opportunities help students become more knowledgeable about careers in recreation, physical education, and athletics. This is a good foundation course for students wishing to enroll in PEPI I or Peer Discovery I.