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Physical and Health Education

Physical education in the MYP is concerned with more than just participating in sports and games. Its primary aims are to encourage the development of “intelligent performers” and to encourage students to understand the importance of a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Throughout the five years of the MYP, students should develop knowledge, critical thinking and reflection skills, and a sense of responsibility, as well as interpersonal and self-motivational skills. This in turn should encourage choices that will contribute to longterm healthy living.

Physical education will bring the unique perspective of learning through the physical, which can greatly contribute to students’ approaches to learning (ATL) skills, and is transferable across other subject groups.

The learning and development associated with physical education should contribute to students developing the qualities of the IB learner profile and engaging with the fundamental concepts of the MYP—holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.

When the curriculums of physical education and other MYP subject groups are developed according to these principles, students will be given the opportunity to:

  • develop a combination of transferable skills promoting physical, intellectual, emotional and social development
  • see other subjects from a physical education perspective (including learning through the physical) and vice versa
  • see the areas of interaction as relevant to physical education and contributing to holistic learning
  • consider new, differing and contrasting ideas to their own and use them in the learning process
  • develop abilities to communicate their knowledge, skills and reflections in a variety of situations
  • understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance
  • give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience.

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