When the 2007 New Zealand Curriculum was introduced and schools began exploring the key competencies – relating to others, participating and contributing, thinking, managing self, using language, symbols and text – our secondary school Health and Physical Education department began unpacking the KC’s through a HPE lens. What might these KC’s look like in a HPE setting? And probably more importantly how might our curriculum area contribute to the deliberate teaching of the KC’s?
Then many years later our secondary school engaged with Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L), and through a process of consultation with the school community we introduced four school values. Again our HPE department took the time to consider what might these values look like (sound like, feel like) in a HPE setting? And, how might our curriculum area contribute to the deliberate teaching of these values to our young people?
It will not surprise many of you that the HPE curriculum area is perfectly positioned to bring to life the key competencies (in fact, I have often been heard claiming that the key competencies ARE the Health and Physical Education curriculum), and this is also true for the vision, values and principles of the NZC, and of individual schools. Sport is also a perfect vehicle for deliberately teaching and celebrating these competencies and values.
This past week or so, I have been privileged to facilitate teacher only days in primary and intermediate schools with a focus on the Health and Physical Education curriculum. In each case we took the time to unpack the essence of the HPE curriculum against one or a combination of: their school values, the Tātaiako cultural competencies, the key competencies of the NZC, Guy Claxton’s learning muscles, and in the case of a Catholic school, their missionaries framework. This was a valuable opportunity for these teachers to engage with the HPE curriculum and for them to consider it in the context of their school environment.
I would highly recommend schools, syndicates, learning hubs, departments, take the time early in the school year to unpack their school vision and values (or that of the NZC) through the lens of the Health and Physical Education curriculum.