Physical Education

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 Physical Education class per week combined with a class fitness sessions, organised year level sport and 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:
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.
Thursday morning before school Healthy Heart Joggers Club (Terms 2 and 3).
Classroom 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:
Summer Carnival (cricket and softball and volleyball)
Cross Country Carnival
Winter Carnival (netball, hockey, football, soccer)
Interschool Athletics Carnival

The Physical Education focus for each year level at South Thornlie 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.