Physical Education & Health

Physical Education at South Thornlie Primary School

The primary focus of the Physical Education Program is to develop and enhance the physical activity skills, cooperation and teamwork skills and the individual leadership skills of all students and to encourage and foster a positive attitude toward a healthy and active lifestyle. Every student participates in a one hour Physical Education class per week combined with a class fitness sessions, organized year level sport and fortnightly Mega Play, which provides a minimum of two hours per week physical activity for every student at South Thornlie Primary School. Many students have the opportunity to spend more than two hours participating in a variety of physical activity programs.

South Thornlie PS  prides itself on its inclusive Physical Education program, a program that also adapts and caters for an ever-changing school context. This focuses on encouraging students to take turns, include others, share equipment, follow rules, accept decisions, honesty, being inclusive, being a team member, manage competition, dealing with winning and losing, positive attitudes and values and leadership. We believe these are all important to develop our students mentally and physically.

Western Australian Curriculum Outcomes targeted in the Physical Education program:

Moving our body: The development of movement skills and strategies necessary to confidently and competently participate in a variety of sports and physical activities.

Understanding movement: Students positively look at the value of having a healthy and physical life in society.

Learning through movement: The progressive development of the skills required for students to make informed decisions about health and physical activity. This includes decision making, planning, goal setting, time management, conflict resolution, stress management and self-esteem development.

Physical Education Programs that are offered at South Thornlie Primary School include:

  • Daily fitness sessions
  • Friday afternoon Sport sessions for Years 5 and 6 that focus on maximum participation, teamwork, cooperation, conflict resolution and leadership.
  • In term swimming lessons for Years PP-Yr 6
  • Cross Country and Athletics carnivals with a focus on maximum participation and inclusiveness.
  • Wednesday morning before school Healthy Heart Joggers Club.
  • Class 10 Minute Healthy Heart Run program
  • Opportunities to participate in community based sports tournaments.
  • Variety of clinics by development officers and associations
  • Lunchtime sport tournaments organized and played by students (Sport Education in Physical Education Program)
  • A diversified Physical Education program that not only focuses on core sports and skill development, but offers the chance for students to experience sports that they may not normally be exposed to for all years PP-6.
  • Interschool Carnivals:
  1. Summer Carnival (cricket and softball)
  2. Cross Country at Lumen Christi
  3. Winter Carnival (netball, hockey, football, soccer)
  4. Athletics Carnival at Langford Athletics track


The Physical Education focus for each year level at South Thornie Primary School

Kindergarten & Pre-primary

In Kindergarten and Pre primary the students will learn how to play together and learn to share equipment. The Physical Education focus is:

  • Listening skills
  • Sharing equipment
  • Cooperation
  • Learning playground games
  • Fundamental small ball handling skills
  • Fundamental large ball handling skills
  • Playing safely at school
  • Spatial awareness
  • Fundamental movement skills
  • Body Management skills

Year 1 & 2

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills (running, jumping, hopping, skipping etc)Year 1 and year 2 students will be focusing on developing their small ball skills, striking skills and their ability to achieve success by working together. The Physical Education focus is:

  • Striking skills
  • Kicking skills
  • Object control skills
  • Cooperative games
  • Team work
  • Small ball skills
  • Large ball skills
  • Fundamental movement skills
  • Spatial awareness
  • Gymnastic skills of controlled balance, rolling, jumping and swinging.

Year 3 & 4

Year 3 and year 4 students will focus on developing a positive attitude towards physical activity and learning fair play. Students will also experience a game sense approach to learning. The Physical Education focus is:

  • Cooperation/Teamwork
  • Adventure experiences in the playground
  • Small ball games
  • Learning strategies & tactics
  • Game sense approach (learn skills, rules & strategies through playing games)
  • Learning sport for leisure (badminton, bocce, table tennis etc)
  • Small ball skills
  • Large ball skills

Year 5 & 6

Year 5 and year 6 students will focus on developing positive attitudes towards being physically active and developing leadership skills and management skills. The Physical Education focus is:

  • Adventure experiences in the playground
  • Learning strategies & tactics
  • Game sense approach (learn skills, rules & strategies through playing games)
  • Learning sport for leisure (badminton, bocce, table tennis etc)
  • Goal setting
  • Creating games
  • Sport management
  • Small ball skills
  • Large ball skills
  • Leadership, cooperation, teamwork, conflict resolution and organizing events.
  • Year 6 student will further develop outdoor education skills and life skills by attending the 5 day Year 6 Camp to Rottnest Island


Children (from year 1 through to year 6) participate in one hour of Science instruction with a specialist teacher each week.