Across Canada – Nova Scotia

Provincial Organization
Teachers’ Association of Physical & Health Education (TAPHE)

View the current Nova Scotia physical education curriculum:

View the current Nova Scotia health curriculum:

Physical Education Curriculum focus
Health Education and Physical Education are within a combined foundation document, but have separate curricula.

  • Knowing
  • Doing
  • Valuing

Allocated Physical Education Time

  • P to Grade 2: 100 minutes/week
  • Grade 3-6: 150 minutes/week
  • Grade 7-9: 150 minutes/6-day cycle
  • Grade 10-12: 1 credit for graduation (new 2008-09)

* Allocated time does not necessarily represent actual Physical Education time provided.

Estimated actual Physical Education Time

  • Varies across the province: 90-150 minutes/week


Estimated that 90% of PE classes throughout the province are being taught by trained Physical Educators, and the goal is to be at 100%.
Physically Active Living 11 became a full credit in 2008-09.

A new Fitness Leadership course began in 2008-09.

Dance 11 will become eligible as a PE credit (for students in Grades 10-12, 110 hours).

TAPHE is establishing a new website specifically for Physical and Health Educators to get resources, lesson plans but most importantly assessment tools!

Nova Scotia is about to distribute a mental health curriculum supplement to support learning and teaching in Health Education 4-6 and Healthy Living 7-9. Healthy Mind, Healthy Body was developed by Dr. Bianca Horner in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Education. It is shaped by a vision that mental health will be a part of children and youths’ concept of health and well-being, enabling and encouraging them to speak as openly about feelings and behaviors as they would about physical health, and to speak freely about mental illness without shame. Healthy Mind, Healthy Body has been field tested in school boards across Nova Scotia and was positively received by Nova Scotia teachers and students. It is anticipated that a French Language version of this resource will be distributed late spring for teachers of French Immersion. A P-3 resource will be distributed in the fall of 2009 and material is being developed to address the issue of mental health at the high school level within some of the physical education courses.

Nova Scotia has seen a very successful implementation of a new high school physical education graduation requirement in 2008-09. Students are required to earn one full credit in physical education in order to graduate. Physical Education has seen its first textbook to support health literacy and physical education at the grade 10 level. Active Healthy Living, Physical Education in Nova Scotia highlights NS youth in action participating in a range of activities and learning experiences that keep them physically active. This textbook and accompanying resource was adapted from an Ontario Health Education/Physical Education textbook by Thompson Educational Publishing. The NS textbook features a Nova Scotia context and highlights the voice of NS youth.

Nova Scotia is developing and piloting a Workplace Health and Safety module that will live within Healthy Living 9. It will be piloted this upcoming school year, with implementation the following year. It is supported by other government partners, as well as a host of community partners.

Yoga 11, a Locally Developed Course, has been overwhelmingly well received by the youth at the schools where it is being offered. Close to 15 teachers in the province have and/or are being trained to deliver this course at the high school level. Yoga 11 is expected to become a Public School Program course beginning in the fall of 2010 complete with a curriculum guide and learning outcome framework. Currently, teachers are qualified to teach Yoga 11 if they have a 200 hour yoga training certification.

Updated: May 13, 2013