Physical Health Education Curriculum Deep Dive

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:

Big Ideas:

Healthy choices affect our physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Curricular Competencies:

Explore how personal identities adapt and change in different settings and situations



  • Factors that influence self-identity, including body image and social media
  • Influences on identity including sexual identity, gender, values, and beliefs

And a gade 7 Aligned Learning Experience into the Social & Community Health curriculum could include:

Big Ideas:

Healthy relationships require communication and emotion regulation skills. Healthy relationships help us lead rewarding lives

Curricular Competencies:

  • Identify and describe strategies for avoiding and/or responding to potentially unsafe, abusive, or exploitive situations
  • Describe and assess strategies for responding to discrimination, stereotyping, and bullying
  • Describe and apply strategies for developing and maintaining healthy relationships

  • consequences of bullying, stereotyping,and discrimination
  • signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • influences of physical, emotional, and social changes on identities and relationships


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.