Our junior physical education program is underpinned by the New Zealand Curriculum and offers variety and challenge to help motivate our students to achieve to their potential.
The Year 9 course consists of four units of work; Practise to perform; Teaching games for understanding; Movement and Step up to the plate. The Year 10 course consists of four units of work; Performance Improvement; Teaching games for understanding; Challenges and World series of softball. In addition to these units students are assessed over the course of the year against a criteria based on Hellison’s Model of Personal and Social Responsibility.
Within each unit teachers use a range of contexts (activities and/or sports) to deliver the objectives of the unit. Each class programme is tailored to suit the collective needs and desires of that class. Students are consulted at the beginning of each unit and their ideas are incorporated into it. We believe having a student-centred approach engages students and develops class ownership of their learning.
The aim of the junior Physical Education program is for all students to have experienced a sense of achievement as well as developing the skills and knowledge necessary to continue on into NCEA Physical Education.
The senior Physical Education programme at Lynfield College consists of a number of options and pathways. Courses contain either NCEA achievement standards or vocational unit standards or a combination of both.
Level 1 Physical Education is about developing understanding of how the body works through anatomy, the physiology of performance and the biomechanics of movement. Students spend time both in the classroom and in the gym exploring the different ways that the theory they have learned can be applied in a physical context.
Students at Level 2 build on the understanding and knowledge gained at Level 1 and learn about how the body function in more depth and again there is a balance of both theory and practical components. Students also experience learning in the areas of leadership, interpersonal skills, coaching, management and community involvement. Learning is achieved through multiple contexts including a camp. Students will experience opportunities to work with local primary schools and/or other year levels within the school.
Students at Level 3 build on their knowledge from previous years. Students will examine how the body moves and how to analyse movement biomechanically in order to perform better in applied contexts. Students evaluate the effectiveness of performance improvement programmes and are challenged to look at how sport is impacted and influenced by society. They develop critical thinking skills and learn to challenge assumptions. Key ideas that underpin this course are scientism, healthism, hegemony, socio-culture, technocentricity, globalisation and commodification.