Physical and Health Education
IB Physical and Health 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, Physical and Health Education fosters the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle. Through opportunities for active learning, the course embodies and promotes the holistic nature of well-being. Students engaged in Physical and Health 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. In addition, students are offered certification in CPR and First Aid.
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**Graduation Requirement = 1.5 credits of physical education and 1 credit of health (IB requires all students to engage in Physical and Health Education in their ninth and tenth grade years.)
100: Lifetime Activities/Health - MYP Year 4 (grade 9) ½ Credit - PE ½ Credit - Health
All students in grade 9 will take the Lifetime Activities/Health course. This combined PE and Health course plays an integral role in the well-rounded growth and learning of all students and helps them to develop the foundation for a physically active and healthy lifestyle. Standards-based instruction is used to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in a variety of activities, which will improve fitness levels and foster personal growth and confidence. Students will also have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of mental and emotional health, including stress management, decision-making, goal setting, and self-management . Each unit is designed to teach the students the concepts and skills necessary for them to participate successfully and safely.
200: Personal Wellness/Health - MYP Year 5 (grade 10) ½ Credit - PE ½ Credit - Health
All students in grade 10 will take this Personal Wellness course, which combines physical activity with healthy lifestyle practices. Students will become knowledgeable and explore the concepts of all fitness components. Students will experience many different types of exercise as well as participate in a self-designed fitness routine based on their personal goals. Students are encouraged to work on developing the following Skills: Analyzing Influences, Accessing Information, Interpersonal Communication, and Advocacy through the following Core Concepts: Substances; Healthy Eating; Personal Health, Safety; Sexual Health; and Violence Prevention. Students will develop a greater understanding of nutrition, how to create fitness-related SMART goals, condition appropriately, and demonstrate that they have the knowledge and ability to live a lifetime of positive personal wellness. In addition, students are offered certification in CPR and First Aid.
250: Health Literacy (Grade 11/12 - students who need a Health credit) 1 Credit - Health
Through a combination of knowledge and skills acquisition, students will demonstrate health-enhancing
decision-making strategies relevant to their personal daily challenges, reflecting on their emotional, social
and physical health. Students are encouraged to work on developing and strengthening the following
skills: decision-making, self-management, analyzing influences, accessing information, interpersonal
communication, goal setting, and advocacy. The core content areas in this course are: alcohol and other
drugs, healthy eating, mental and emotional health, physical activity, personal health and wellness, safety,
sexual health, tobacco, and violence prevention. Focusing on the key skill--decision-making--students are
encouraged to apply these strategies in a practical manner to their everyday lives. The curriculum
addresses best practice as outlined through the National Health Education Standards. In addition, students
are offered certification in CPR and First Aid.
300: Personal Fitness (Grade 11 and 12) ½ Credit-PE
(All students will need to take this course to meet their graduation requirements for physical education. Students who have completed their requirements may also take this course as an elective.)
Students will enroll in this personal fitness class in their 11th and/or 12th grade year. This course meets for a semester on an A/B day schedule. The Personal Fitness course will provide students with the opportunity to design and participate in an individualized fitness enhancing program. The opportunity to build strength and improve conditioning on a regular basis during the school day has many physical, social, emotional, and cognitive benefits. The opportunity to design a personal fitness program based on your individual interests and goals, follow that program, reflect on growth and make changes to that program, is a valuable life skill.
INDEPENDENT STUDY: Health 100 1 Credit-Health
Students in grades 10-12 may opt for the Independent Study as outlined by the health educator(s) in alignment with the National Health Education Standards and Vermont Health Education Standards. It is the equivalent of a semester’s comprehensive curriculum with the creation of an extensive portfolio and should be considered only by motivated students who are independent learners. This experience is similar to a Home Study Course. The development of the projects in the portfolio and any use of resource materials (texts, worksheets, etc.) are the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian. Work submitted is expected to be comparable to the evidence of learning as in a full semester course. Students are encouraged to work on developing and strengthening the following skills: decision-making, self-management, analyzing influences, accessing information, interpersonal communication, goal setting, and advocacy through the following themes: alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; healthy eating; mental and emotional health; physical activity; personal health and wellness; safety; sexual health; and violence prevention. Focusing on the key skill--decision-making--students are encouraged to apply these strategies in a practical manner to their everyday lives. The curriculum, course expectations and application including guidelines for successful completion of the final portfolio are available in the Guidance Office. This portfolio should demonstrate the student’s mastery of the skills and content in each of the thematic units from the Health outline and will be assessed using rubrics included in the Independent Study Packet. Students interested in earning credit for the upcoming calendar year should complete the application by June 1st. Portfolios are due on or before December 1st.