Physical Health Education Curriculum Deep Dive
For class this week we took a deep dive into the BC Physical Health Education Curriculum. I created flow charts for the four primary curricular areas in PHE (see bottom of this post). The flow charts make it very easy to create Aligned Learning Experiences because all you need to do is take the big idea and follow through down into the curricular competency and content you wish to explore.
The new BC Curriculum has been designed to focus on Big Ideas first—the main takeaway regardless of the skills or content that create the context in which you choose to teach. This is called the Curriculum Model, and it looks like this:
Instead of deciding the content you want to teach, you first identify the main idea and work backward from that Big Idea to the skills and content that will best support that idea. This approach also provides flexibility for students who do not or cannot access specific content or skills. They can still access the Big Idea. This provides a more flexible and inclusive learning environtment.
Examples of Aligned Learning Experiences
For example, a grade 6 Aligned Learning Experience of the Mental Well-being Curriculum could include:
Healthy choices affect our physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Explore how personal identities adapt and change in different settings and situations
And a gade 7 Aligned Learning Experience into the Social & Community Health curriculum could include:
Healthy relationships require communication and emotion regulation skills. Healthy relationships help us lead rewarding lives
PHE Curricular Areas
Here are the flowcharts I created. They are not grade-specific. Each grade has nuanced content and competencies, but they all stem from the same ‘concepts’ and I have tried my best to capture those concepts without getting lost in grade-specific details.