This page will include resources for: HPE years 7 - 12, Phsyical Recreation/Recreation 11 - 12, Health 11 - 12.

Essential Learnings

Up to Year 7 -
Up to Year 9 -

Standards -

Currently there are schools within Australia and Queensland that are grades 7 - 12 and in 2015 most schools will be changing to this format.
The "Essential Learnings" documents are what teachers currently work from to make sure that they are teaching their students the correct content areas attributed to the subject. The "Standards" can be applied to all Key Learning Areas and give the teacher a "Standard" from which to mark assessment.

Essential Learnings up to Yr 7. (2007), Retrieved August 15, 2011, from
Essential Learnings up to Yr 9. (2007), Retrieved August 15, 2011, from
Standards. (2007), Retrieved August 15, 2011, from

Resource 1. World Health Organisation's website contains an abundance of resources for teachers who are performing Health units in their classes. What is specifically useful is the availability of health information and statistics from a vast array of countries which can be used when making comparisons with the Australian society. The 'Publications' link on the page leads to further resources for additional information on these topics.World Health Organisation. (2010). Home Page. Retrieved August 10, 2010, from

Resource 2.

YouTube contains a seemingly endless amount of clips that can be used in the classroom. To either demonstrate techniques, learn a different sport or to simply add some comedy to the classroom environment, YouTube is the answer. This is also a site in which students have great exposure, and therefore can be directed to in order to research further information for their classes (N.B. The given URL is merely an example of a resource that could be used).

In addition to Youtube's effectiveness in class, I would like to share an experience which I used during my last PRAC. I was teaching a health unit to Year 9 HPE Students, and to provide a different teaching style, I found some really good clips which engaged the majority of students. Humorous videos of sporting flunks were used in the beginning of the class to increase enjoyment and settle down the students, whereas the use of 'ankle taping' demonstrations and CPR instructions, also applied to most students; especially those whom appreciate technology.

TaylormadeR7TP. (2009, April 4). Best sports moments plays memories and accidents. Retrieved August 10, 2010, from strongly support the idea of using media such as Youtube videos in the classroom. I also, have incorporated Youtube videos into lessons during prac, and have found that students find the very engaging.They are a great way to begin a lesson, as I find they get students focused on the topic. They can also be an incentive at the end of a lesson if the behaviour and work standard have been high.

Resource 3.The Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement (2nd Edition)

This textbook effectively covers all of the main concepts associated with physiology to a high-school level. These include the subdisciplines of Biomechanics, Motor Control and Exercise Physiology. This would be an appropriate resource for a senior HPE class.

Abernathy, B., Hanrahan, S.J., Kippers, V., Mackinnon, L.T., & Pandy, M.G. (2005). The Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement (2nd ed.). South Yarra: Palgrave Macmillan.

Resource 4.
Anatomica While this textbook contains far more detailed information than what would generally be required at a high-school level, this comprehensive detail would allow for any questions that the students to pose to be answered. Its alphabetical system allows answers regarding all of the major systems in the human body to be found quickly and easily.
Albertine, K.H., & Tracey, D. (2004). Anatomica. Willoughby, NSW: Global Book Publishing.

Resource 5.

Periodization - Theory and Methodology of Training (5th edition) textbook is a great resource for teachers teaching year 11 and 12 Senior Physical Education. The book effectively covers a wide range of training principle and theory with numerous examples, graphs and statistics to support their literature. Literature is split into three parts including training theory, periodization of training and training methods making it easy to follow or find specific principles.

Bompa, T. O., & Haff, G. G. (2009). Periodization - Theory and Methodology of Training (5th ed.). United States of America: Sheridan Books.

Resource 6. Fatworld

This US resource allows learners to explore nutrition. Users can choose starting weights and health conditions and are then required to construct menus, decide what to eat and what to avoid, how to exercise, and run a restaurant business to serve the members of the community.

The game takes into account socio-economic influences on health, helping the player to recognise the interconnected and interdependent nature of health and it's aspects. It also aims to help explain the long term consequences of everyday behaviours in a personal health context, a concept which many students don't quite grasp. The relatively simple interface is easy to understand and explore. This game would best be suited to younger students.

Resource 7.

Like google maps for your body

This website provides an interactive environment for students studying Health and Physical Education to gain a basic understanding of the Human Body and how it works. This site can be utilised by teachers for a range of purposes such as classroom activities involving ICT's, revision and assessment. offers a similar concept known as the Human Body Atlas, although this resource is slightly harder to understand, it would be a great base in which to create an extention activity for higher achieving students.

Resource 8.

The Paralympic Education Program (PEP) website offers free resources to educate students about Australian Paralympians and the Paralympic Games. Primary and secondary teachers can access teaching and learning units aligned to state/territory curriculums with comprehensive activities that outline expected outcomes and cover key concepts such as diversity, fairness and inclusion. Student resources include athlete blogs, footage and profiles, plus games, quizzes and web research links. [[ ]]

Resource 9.

The Calorie King Food Database, displays the nutritional information for more than 19, 000 Australian generic and brand name foods (inclusive of Take-away and Fast-Food chain stores, such as McDonalds). Great amounts of information are available from this resource, specifically calories, fibre, fat, and protein. Retrieved online on 3rd August, 2011, from
Calorie King is a fantastic website which offers the nutritional value of an extensive range of food groups and brands. Another website which compliments Calorie King is Calorie Counter, this website offers viewers the chance to calculate the ideal number of calories they should be consuming each day .

Together, these online resources would provide a great basis for an assessment piece during secondary school as students would perceive great relevance to their lives; especially considering the many Western citizens whom abuse the convenience of take -away food and replace their staple meals with these calorie extensive treats.

Resource 10.

Teach is a good website which gives coaching tips and drills for different sports. It also gives resources for different topics, that teachers can use in their classes.

This website even provides a wide range of revision lessons, focusing on the human body, the health and fitness, training and sporting skills, and sport in society. Revision techniques are an effective method of identifying the concepts which have been mastered by all students, and the ocncepts which many have failed to grasp and demonstrate.

This is a fantastic online resource for HPE teachers as it gives instructions and examples of a range of different sports and physical activity. Having instructions and examples for each activity are particularly useful as new HPE teachers, as they often stick with the sports they are familiar with. This website offers new teachers the information they need to have the confidence to conduct a lessons based on a range of different sports.

Resource 11. is a great website which has links to a large amount of teaching resources. I would suggest using the search bar which helps to link you to numerous PE resources and documents. The website also contains information on schools, teachers and curriculum information.

Mann, D & B., (2011). Aussie Educator - A total education page for Australia. Retrieved from

Resource 12.

Another great website which links to a number of Health and Physical education teaching resource websites is
It belongs to the University of Queensland but is available to anyone to access the resources. Each website link contains an annotation, which helps to identify what each sight contains, without relying on the name of the website. The Cyberlink guide has links to all teaching areas.

UQL Cyberschool., (2004). Health and Physical Education. Retrieved from

Resource 13.

'Completely Gorgeous' is a website aimed at upper primary and lower high school students dedicated to positive body image. It is an interactive website in which students can explore, play games and learn about complex adolescent issues in a fun and safe environment. The website also confronts issues such as healthy eating, body image, dieting, femininity and masculinity.

Film Australia Limited., (2005). Completely Gorgeous. Retrieved from

On the subject of positive body image in adolescents, a team of 11 high school students developed a teenage peer to peer
program of education, with the intention of preventing negative body image and other risk factors for developing eating disorders. This is a great program, and holds the added advantage of being made by adolescent students. It is advised that Health teachers, and all stakeholders involved with teenagers, view the article "

Completey Gorgeous is a fantastic resource to help student to improve their own body image. The government as also got behind the this cause, to improve the body image of Australian students. Each school has been enlisted in a $400, 000. 00 program to combat poor body image and self esteem. The packages which school recieved included resources to encourage students to positive self image.

Resource 14.

This link is an Australian Government website aimed at teaching integrity, behaviour and ethics in sport. It is a website for teachers and it contains documents on legal issues, child protection, harassment, codes of behaviour and drug use in sport. It could be helpful when doing risk management on certain sporting activities or finding ways to incorporate ethics into the HPE classroom.

Australian Government: Australian Sport Commission., (2010). Ethics in Sport. Retrieved from

Resource 15.

'Smartplay' is an education initiative website which is aimed at education students on safe practices and health when playing sport. The website has a search function where you can access teaching resources aimed at teachers, coaches, sports trainers and officials. It is an interactive website which helps to supply teachers with relevant information that can help them in their teaching practices.

Smartplay., (2001). Planning for Sports Safety. Retrieved from

Resource 16.

The ABC's 'Let's get physical' website is a helpful one for Health and PE teachers who are looking to give guidelines on exercise and healthy eating. The advice given is very practical and the website link could be given to students to help them find the answers to the questions they would like to ask. The information is not only for sport. There are trustworthy links for Sex & Relationships, Pregnancy and Birth, and Drugs and Alcohol.

ABC Health and Well-Being., (2011). Let's Get Physical. Retrieved from

Resource 17.

The 'CSIRO Well-being Plan for Kids' is a book designed to provide ways that you can positively influence your child's eating and physical activity habits. It is well recognised as a reliable book and could be helpful for teachers when teaching units on health and well-being. Most importantly, the book contains guidelines and health information on certain foods which help when planning training programs for athletes.

CSIRO., (2009). The CSIRO Well-Being Plan for Kids. Retrieved from

Resource 18.

PE Central is a website health and physical education teacher, students and parents. They are source which provides appropriate physical education programs for children. It provides a list of links for practical program ideas and has online games and activities which can help in PE classes. Most importantly these links provide teaching episodes for a range of age groups. You can also become a member of the website and receive education information.

PE Central., (2011). The Premier Website for Health & Physical Education. Retrieved from

Resource 19:

Physical Education Assessment Toolkit, by Liz Giles-Brown (2006) incorporates; tailored assessments for a variety of topics taught in physical education, methods to assist students to make connections between concepts to enhance learning, a diverse range of teaching and learning styles, and higher-order level thinking skills as proposed in Bloom's Taxonomy. They recognize how precious class time is, therefore loaded this resource with assessment templates and sample units; providing one with everything required to simultaneously assess and teach students the lifelong value of physical education.
Available online at .

Resource 20.

ACPHER QLD website is a brilliant resource for lessons and acitvities. It would be good to use it in line with the essential learnings.

Resource 21.

Daily Physical Activity - A Guide for Schools, is a Queensland Government initiative. It's a great resource for games and activities, for teachers to use, no matter the age of their students.
The guide comes with 3 separate activity flipbooks, with one each suitable for introductory activities, main activities and calming down activities. The flipbooks are designed to be a 'mix and match' resource, in which you can use any combination of activities. With 53 activities in each section, there are almost 150 000 combinations of lessons here, each designed to give students the recommended half an hour of exercise in their day. Useful for implementation with the Smart Moves program, but not restricted to this, this resource can be avery useful tool for primary teachers or special education teachers particularly.
QLDGovernment. (2003). Daily Physical Activity a Guide for Schools. Brisbane: Queensland Government.

In addition to this publication, the Queensland Government website should regularly be viewed, as there are many useful resources available. Some are free, yet some must be purchased; either or, one can be assured their publications are very useful to education systems and life in general.

Resource 22.

Another resource, which not only provides great fun for students, but an opportunity to learn about, appreciate and experience aspects of Indigenous culture, is referred to as 'Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games'. It incorporates games and activities from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies from around Australia; these being passed down through generation by Indigenous Australians. 'Yulunga' Games can be employed as skill games or lead-up games in physical education lessons, with approval being sought from the traditional owners of the activities.

This electronic resource is available online at .

Resource 23.

This interactive body science website is a great resource for HPE students in middle years. Students are able to explore, investigate and complete activities related to the human body - organs, skeleton system, muscular system and the nervous system. This website is great as it provides students with clues on each topic and then provides hints if students are having trouble. This resource is also great for integrating ICT into the classroom.
Science Interactive Body. (‘n.d.’). Retrieved May 10, 2011, from the BBC Science and Nature website:

Resource 24.

ACHPER is a profession association which caters for HPE teachers and preservice teachers in a range of different areas. ACHPER is concerned with the quality of physical activity, recreation, personal development and health promotion. This association caters for the education of both primary and secondary institutions, allowing people involved in this profession to meet, share ideas, network and develop relationships. ACHPER has four areas of focus which include; Physical Education and sport, recreation, health education and dance. Having various focus areas allows it can cater for a range of people.

Resource 25.

Teaching Physical Education is a great resource for teachers teaching all grades in HPE. “Spectrum of Teaching Styles” is covered providing teachers with the knowledge and understanding to meet the learning styles of the students, therefore improving the learning and teaching environment in the classroom. Some examples of the learning styles include guided discovery, practice style and the inclusion style of learning. The text is easy to follow with detailed chapter headings, as well as real life examples, charts and diagrams.
Ashworth, S. & Mosston, M. (2001). Teaching Physical Education (5th ed.). United States: Benjamin Cummings.

Resource 26.

This website is a great resource for both teachers and students – particularly year 11 and 12 students. A selection bar is located on the left, concepts such as teaching games for understanding, nutrition, safety, and skills analysis are covered. The website is also useful as each concept has journals and/or research documents attached.
Sports Coach. (2010). Retrieved August 10, 2011, from the Australia Sports Commission website:
As stated above this is a great website for HPE teachers as it offers a range of concepts and strategies inwhich teachers can encorporate into thier daily lessons.

Resource 27.

Modified games are vital in HPE, especially in middle years. The website provides great tips for modifying individual, target and team sports to make the learning experience more positive and engaging to students. It also includes modifying the games for students with disabilities.
Creating Modified Games. (“n.d.”). Retrieved August 10, 2011, from

Resource 28
Family Planning Queensland
Family Planning Queensland offers a Teacher Resource Centre which outlines professional development opportunities and provides teaching ideas for sexuality and relationships education. The resource aims to teach students to recognise the indicators of a safe, healthy relationship, and ensure that students have the knowledge behind them to engage in healthy relationships, whether familial, social or sexual. The lesson plans are sensitive and relevant, and are a fantastic resource for teachers that deal with sexual and relationship health.
Family Planning Queensland. (2008). Welcome to FPQ's Teacher Resource Centre. Retrieved August 11, 2011, from

Resource 29
High Talk
High Talk is a sequential set of unit plans released by Family Planning Queensland that addresses sexual and relationship health. There are unit plans available for Years 8 to 12, in the following formats:
Year 8 - 7 x 1 hour lessons
Year 9 - 7 x 1 hour lessons
Year 10 - 7 x 1 hour lessons
Year 11 - 6 x 1 hour lessons
Year 12 - 5 x 1 hour lessons
The lesson plans contained are an excellent resource for teaching sexual and relationship health in a factual, safe and enjoyable way. Although an expensive resource to be purchased individually at $480, they are a handy resource to have in the staffroom. Each lesson plan has learning outcomes, extension activities, resources, and time suggestions for each lesson component.
Family Planning Queensland. (2007). High Talk. Brisbane: Family Planning Queensland Education Services.

Resource 30
Anatomy Flash Cards (2nd edition)
Anatomy Flash Cards are a box set of 264 cards in full colour that feature labelled diagrams and descriptions of the human body and specific components of it's systems. There are 10 sections dedicated to the skeletal, muscular, nervous, lymphatic, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, digestive, reproductive and endocrine systems. Although the flash cards are designed as a study aid for medical students and health care trainees, this could be used as a reference for senior HPE students. The chief consultant is a co-author of Resource 4, Anatomica.
Albertine, K. H. (2008). Anatomy Flash Cards (2nd ed.). South Yarra: Palgrave MacMillan.

Resource 31

Queensland Senior Physical Education, is a textbook that most high schools in QLD use. It covers all topics covered within schools including physical skills, effects of training and exercise and psychological factors in sport and physical activity.
Amezdroz, G., Dickens, S., Hosford, G., & Davis, D. (2004). Queensland Senior Physical Education (2nd ed.). South Yarra: MACMILLAN EDUCATION AUSTRALIA PTY LTD.

Glenn Amezdroz is responsible for the publishing of many reputable resources regarding Health and Physcial Education. The employment of his workings proves beneficial to the teacher's approaches and transferal of knowledge, as well as the students' understanding and performance competence.

Resource 32

Although this was developed in Michigan, it still provides useful information which can be implemented in Australia. This text discusses several assessment strategies intended to help students prepare for their future; indicating the advantages and concerns involved with each. A group of individuals from a number of organizations developed these strategies over a year of discussing and researching what students most required for a successful life. The three levels; elementary, middle, and high school, can also find an assessment model directed for them.

This electronic resource can be found online at

Resource 33
Dartfish (Software)
Dartfish is a computer program used to analyse movement on video, particularly in sports. It has biomechanical applications that are simple to use and that could be used in secondary education settings, especially in sports excellence programs and senior HPE. If prepared by the teacher, edited video can also be useful in the skills acquisition phase, especially for visual learners. The software packages and trials are available at

Resource 34
This website is based on the British A-Level and GCSE examinations, however it contains useful worksheets and ideas on which to build lessons. It can be utilised either by teachers to contribute to their lesson planning, or by students as a revision tool, especially the revision flash cards.
There are separate pages dedicated to anatomy and physiology, sports psychology, training, fitness, sport in society, specific sport training and ethical issues within sport.
This online resource can be found at

Resource 35
Games Smart USB
A free USB from the Queensland Government. The Games Smart USB shows video clips of activities from the Daily Physical Activity - A Guide for Schools program. This program is designed for primary aged children, but can be used in a high school setting, especially with Year 7 transition around the corner. The activities within can also be adapted or serve as inspiration for lessons with older students. To get your free USB, amongst other resources, visit
USB - Games Smart - A Guide for Schools. [USB]. (2009). Queensland: Department of Communities.

Resource 36

Education Queensland provides an online 'Learning Place' for Aspiring, Beginning, Establishing, Returning & Supply Teachers. This site provides ample resources, discussion topics, assessment strategies, human anatomy, human lifespan and development, and much more support for teachers. Professional Development, reflection, classroom management, and behaviour management strategies are also deeply analyzed. Not only does this site provide important information for Health and Physical Education teachers, but every subject is addressed equally.

This online resource can be found at

Resource 37.

'Swap it, Don't stop it' is a goverment initive program, dedicated to improving the health of the Australian Population. It is evident that the obesity is becoming the leading health concern all over Australia, with 61.4% of the adult population considered over weight or obese. In response to these statistics the goverment has introduced the program which highlights that people do not have to give up everything they are eating, they can simply swap it for a healthy option, or half the portion size.

This program could be easily implemented into the classroom within HPE, helping students to understand they can improve their lifestyles through small changes. The website offers resources such as a 12 week planner etc.

Resource 38.

ACPER QLD started in 1986 and is a not for profit membership basedorganisation, governed by a voluntary Board from educational and communitysectors. ACHPER QLD’s key clients include teachers, academics, governmentbodies, parent and teacher associations, and sport, recreation, physicalactivity and fitness organisations and providers. ACPER QLD’s goal is toadvocate for active and healthy life styles across QLD educationalcommunities; and deliver professional development programs and services in theareas of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Achper Qld. (2011).Retrieved August 8, 2011, from

Resource 39.

Dietary Guidelines for all Australians is a great website produced by the Australian government and is an excellent resource for looking at the dietary requirements for all ages.

Dietary Guidelines for all Australians (2003), from

Resource 40.

Nutrition Australia is an excellent website for HPE teachers and schools in general as it has the latest news and food campaigns that are running across Australia as well as interesting facts, recipes and food myths.

Nutrition Australia. (2011), from

Resource 41.

Reach out isan Australian website dedicated to drug, alcohol and mental issues and muchmuch more that many adolescents deal with, so it is very good to make sure thatthe students are aware of this website if they are having any difficulties., from

Resource 42.

Drug info is website from the Australian drugfoundation that has all the latest articles on all different drugs and theeffects that they can have on people and their families.
Druginfo. (2011), from

Resource 43.

This link connects to a video on youtube that demonstrates the perfect spiking technique in volleyball. It can easily be linked to the topics of biomechanics or the practical sport. A section of the clip is in slow motion and therefore allows for easy analysis in areas such as force summation and technique.

leonal marshall. (2008), Retrieved August 12, 2011, from

Resource 44.

This site contains a variety of games that are designed for both indoors and outdoors. On the "Quick Links" tab on the left side bar, there are links to many different types of games and they range from easy through to advanced, designed to suite different age groups. These may come in handy if the teacher is away and needs to leave simple games for the supply teacher to run for a practical lesson.

Games for Early Teens (12-15 yrs old). (2010), Retrieved August 14, 2011, from

Resource 45.
This is an online copy of an article from the "Medical Journal of Australia" and contains information on the occurrence of teenage pregnancy. It also gives advice on the best topics/ways to structure school sexual education programs so as to keep the students focused on what is a very important topic.

Teen pregnancy: telling it like it is. (2003), Retrieved August 15, 2011, from

Resource 46.

“Ball Games” is a great teaching resource for middle schools HPE. The book covers many popular sports for example volley ball and soccer. It is a breeze to find information as the book has designated chapters for each sport. Within these chapters’ skills, rules, skill/rule test as well as quizzes are covered. The book also provides detailed diagrams when required.

Kuhnell, S. (2000). Ball Games. Victoria. Australia: Hawker Brownlow Education.

Resource 47.

“Teaching Cues for Sport Skills for Secondary School Students” is a great resource when looking to improve the skills and performance of the students. It covers skills and techniques of all the popular and common sports to unique sports like lacrosse. Skills are broken into the stages of learning such as cognitive, autonomous and associate, as well as providing tips for common errors. Diagrams and tables are provided, make it easy to follow and find information.

Fronske, H. (2008) Teaching Cues for Sport Skills for Secondary School Student (4th edition). San Francisco. America: Pearson Benjamin Cummings

Resource 48.

An excellent website has categories for kids, teens & parents on health issuessuch as:- How the body works, homework help, practical parenting, your body,your mind, sexual health, food and fitness, recipes and more.

Kids health. (2011), from

Resource 49.

Healthy kids is a website that gives ideas for Good food habits and daily physical activityand gives many links to other sites on this topic. A great website for teachers, parents andstudents.

Healthy kids (2011), from

Resource 50.

This site identifies the main training principles and gives fantastic advice on how to create a training programme. It also contains links to other pages that can give more specific information for athletes and teachers/coaches.

Training Principles. (2011), Retrieved August 15, 2011, from

Resource 51.

This page identifies and breaks down the components of fitness (e.g. muscular endurance, speed etc.). It also identifies different examples of sports that use the specific components and in what degree they are used. It can help greatly in the structuring of training regimes and help to focus on obtaining specific results.

Fitness Components. (2011), Retrieved August 15, 2011, from