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Elementary Physical and Health Education:
Supporting Physical Activity and Physical Literacy

Available for credit and non-credit | EDCP 420


July 6–10, 2020 | online

Hosted by the UBC Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

The Summer Institute introduced teachers to the Elementary Physical and Health Education (PHE) curriculum, content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, practical experiences, and professional responsibilities of a successful elementary school teacher. The course expanded elementary teachers’ level of confidence and competence when delivering the British Columbia (BC) PHE Curriculum.

During the one-week course, learners worked through modules on the BC PHE K-7 curriculum, the Indigenous holistic approaches to teaching and learning, creating equity, diversity and inclusion in PHE, quality physical education, assessment, physical literacy and the comprehensive school health model. Learners worked on their own and with others while being guided by leaders from BC school districts, Indigenous Sport Physical Activity and Recreation Council, and several BC Universities.

The goals of the Summer Institute were to support BC educators working in elementary (K-7) schools to be able to:
  • Increase their level of confidence and competence when delivering the BC PHE curriculum;
  • Implement activities to increase the number of minutes during the school day for students to be active;
  • Use physical activity to support student mental well-being;
  • Identify the value of physical activity for one’s own mental health and mental well-being; and plan to increase your knowledge of physical activity as a mechanism to support your own mental well-being; and
  • Learn culturally relevant and responsible pedagogies to advance an understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and being in relation to physical activity, health and well-being.

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In the rush to get ready for the new school year, some teachers are taking time out of their busy days to learn about physical literacy. Through the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy Project virtual workshops teachers are getting great online professional development with a live facilitator.

“Teachers can take the workshop in their homes and interact with the facilitator in real time,” explains Project Lead, Alex Wilson. “The technology used allows the facilitator to poll participants, break participants into discussion groups, or practice activities together on video.”

Virtual workshops are the perfect way to get access to expert facilitators despite the COVID-19 restrictions on in-person professional development. Unlike a pre-recorded video, webinar or e-learning course, virtual workshops let the participants interact with the facilitator.

“We have people with their cameras on doing activities in their homes and having fun,” says Master Workshop Facilitator, Jessica Waterman. “The participants like the activities that we are doing and come away knowing that they could lead these with their class. This helps increase the confidence of the teachers to develop physical literacy skills with their students.”

The Getting Started in Physical Literacy virtual workshop introduces the concepts of physical literacy, and provides tips and activities that teachers can use right away.

“We wanted to make the workshops practical and not overly theoretical,” explains Bruce Deacon, Development Lead for the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy Project. “The objective is to be relevant, hands-on, and enabling. You don’t need to be a PE specialist to deliver a top quality physical activity and physical literacy program to your students.”

More virtual workshops are on their way this fall. Making Physical Literacy Work in Your Class introduces fun activities based on the principles of physical literacy, and shows how easy it is to include these in the gym, classroom, or playground. Physical Literacy for All (Special Needs) gives practical advice to adapt activities to meet the needs of students with special needs. This workshop is gets participants rolling up their sleeves to work together to find solutions that work for all their students.

Do virtual workshops sound like a great fit for your professional development plans? Teachers and schools can register for upcoming virtual workshops or request a virtual workshop for their school or district. Questions? Contact