Curriculum - Health & Physical Education

At North Tom Price Primary School, students in Years K-6 are provided with 60 minutes of specialised Physical Education, and 60 minutes of Health Education every week with our Physical and Health Education teacher Miss Shrewsbury. Students participate in an additional 60 minutes of classroom fitness during Junior and Senior Sport. Our main focus being to develop and encourage our students to participate to the best of their abilities and embed the importance of living healthy, safe and active lifestyles.

In Years K to 3, students are taught the Fundamental Movement Skills to develop techniques that they will use when playing sport or playing on the playground. Kindergarten, Pre Primary (and Year 1 in semester one) are focusing on a new program called ‘Animal Fun’, this is an evidence based program developed by Curtin University to improve the motor and social skills in children aged 3-6. At home parents can encourage the continuation of the animal skills learnt at school. More information about the program can be found here: https://animalfun.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Guidebook_Animal-Fun_Making-the-Connections.pdf

Years 1 and 2 classes have a specific focus on the motor skills of hopping, balancing, running, jumping and the underarm throw and catch. Year 3 students refine the skills taught in the lower years as well as skills using a ball, including the soccer kick and dribble, Australian Rules punt, chest pass, overarm throw and catch. In Years 4 to 6, students are taught skills related to certain sports and then play modified games, learning strategy, rules and sportsmanship. The children are introduced to sports that they may have the exposure to in the wider community. 

Throughout the year, our students participate in a wide range of team and individual sports. As well as competing in faction and interschool swimming, athletics, cross country and football carnivals. Our students play a variety of both traditional and non-traditional sports in our sports lessons. The students are also given tremendous opportunities to mix with professional athletes and coaches, both in, and outside of school through organised clinics. Additionally, selected North Tom Price Primary students will participate in various interschool carnivals against the other schools in the Ashburton Schools Alliance; Tom Price Primary and Paraburdoo Primary.

We are a ‘SunSmart’ and ‘Crunch and Sip’ endorsed school and encourage all students and parents to have a look at the links below to understand the benefits they provide to us all!

https://www.cancerwa.asn.au/resources/2013-09-16-SunSmart-schools-policy-guidelines.pdf

http://www.crunchandsip.com.au/media/21491/healthy-lunchboxes-oct_2016.pdf

Unplug and Play!

DID YOU KNOW? Kids need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day for good health and time spent using electronical devices should be limited to less than 2 hours a day!

Whether it’s playing with friends or family, taking part in sports or other physical activities, or joining regular family activities, being active is good for everyone!


1. Get active early

Active kids are more likely to become active adults, so teach them to enjoy it now!

2. Variety, variety

Encourage kids to try a range of sports and activities to develop a range of skills and find one or two that they really like.

3. Have fun

Sounds simple but the basic rule is that sport and activity should be enjoyable.

4. Take the lead

Kids take their cues from parents – so make activity a regular part of your family routine.

5. Give toys a miss

Help kids get active by giving sporting goods rather than toys as gifts.

6. Try something new

Develop new family activities such as indoor rock climbing, bike riding, skiing or sailing.

7. Handy action toys

Keep a touch football, basketball or tennis ball handy to grab on your way outdoors for an easy 20 minutes of fun.

8. Find a balance

Help kids find their own balance of friends, physical activities, indoor play and homework with unstructured play such as daydreaming, creating, thinking and reading.

9. Give the chauffeur the day off

That’s you! Introduce the kids to the way we all once got around – walking or riding bikes with them.

10. Everyday action

Aim for 60 minutes of moderate activity everyday plus 20-30 minutes of stronger activity up to three times a week.

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