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 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:

Summer Carnival (cricket and softball)

Cross Country at Lumen Christi

Winter Carnival (netball, hockey, football, soccer)

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


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:


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








Robotics club with Mrs Waghorn has begun for Term 3, 2020.

Children are selected to be part of a Robotics program run after school with Mrs Waghorn and Mrs Liedermoy. The children were very excited that robotics had started again for 2020  They began practising with the Spheros and iPads making sure they were in sync under the explicit instruction of Mrs Waghorn. This intial stage is preparing them for greater use of coding later in the term.