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Unit Overview


Students examine models of children's physical and psychomotor development; explore developmental and conceptual frameworks for health and physical education (HPE) in early childhood and primary school settings; learn the theory and practice of fundamental movement skills programs; analyse a range of health and physical education practices; plan, implement and evaluate teaching activities and strategies within a differentiated framework; and examine curriculum expectations in relation to private sector and government policies.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate competency in a range of approaches and resources to teaching and learning in HPE in early childhood and primary contexts and promote the need for HPE in school/EC settings; (2) demonstrate an understanding of children's physical and psychomotor development and proficiency; (3) design, a developmentally appropriate physical education (PE) and health program; (4) analyse the application of HPE pedagogies to enhance student outcomes, including the use of ICT; and (5) synthase knowledge of key issues in children's health and wellbeing and their implications for teachers.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay and (2) essay and lesson plans. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the essay and essay and lesson plans components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gerardine Neylon
Unit rules
SSEH5689 Physical Development, Movement and Health
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: 9 x 3 hours and 2 x 1.5 hours

Fundamental Movement Skills Teacher Resource (Kit) Book 1

Fundamental Movement Skills Teacher Resource (Kit) Book 2

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