Outdoor learning: Health and Physical Education

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Health and Physical Education

Outdoor learning provides opportunities to learn about interacting with others, connecting to the environment, teamwork and leadership. The outdoors provides a valid and important environment for developing movement competence, promoting a sense of wellbeing, enhancing personal and social skills, and developing an understanding of the concept of risk versus challenge. Outdoor recreation is typically associated with physical activity in outdoor, natural or semi-natural settings. These activities provide opportunities to connect individually, in small groups or as a community to the outdoor environment, contribute to health and wellbeing through direct personal experiences and promote lifelong physical activity.

Depending on how outdoor learning is planned and delivered, there is scope to link to focus areas such as: challenge and adventure activities, safety, health benefits of physical activity, food and nutrition, mental health and wellbeing, and lifelong physical activities.

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Identify people and demonstrate protective behaviours and other actions that help keep them safe and healthy (ACPPS003)

Practise personal and social skills to interact positively with others (ACPPS004)

Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS006)

Practise fundamental movement skills and movement sequences using different body parts (ACPMP008)

Participate in games with and without equipment (ACPMP009)

Cooperate with others when participating in physical activities (ACPMP012)

Test possible solutions to movement challenges through trial and error (ACPMP013)

Identify personal strengths (ACPPS001)

Identify and describe emotional responses people may experience in different situations (ACPS005)

Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS006)

Participate in play that promotes engagement with outdoor settings and the natural environment (ACPPS007)

HPE Foundation (ACPPS007) Playing traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander games such as Kolap using natural materials