Physical Education

The aim of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 physical education program is to enable individuals to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. Alberta’s vision for education focuses on children and their ability to achieve their individual potential, creating a positive future for themselves, as well as enhancing their quality of life. The Kindergarten to Grade 12 physical education program contributes to the development of life skills for the personal management of health, for the use of physical activity as a strategy for managing life challenges, and for a setting within which to practise the ability to work with others. The program provides an equitable opportunity for all students to realize the benefits of participation in physical activity.

Active Living
The physical education program emphasizes active living, with a focus on physical activity that is valued and integrated into daily life. Active living through physical education:
* creates a desire to participate
* focuses on lifetime activities promoting health-related fitness for life
* is about physical activity; and the nature, form, frequency and intensity of the activity are relative to each person’s ability, needs aspirations and environment
* places physical activity within a broader perspective of total fitness and well-being that encompasses the entire experience of movement—physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions
* is enhanced through opportunities to participate in such activities as intramural and
interschool athletics and community-based sport and recreation activities
* is centred around learner needs; inclusive, individual and varied
* is supported when opportunities for making choices are provided
* is supportive of the relevance of physical activity within the community.

For further details, please see: http://www.education.alberta.ca/media/450871/phys2000.pdf