Updated Standards for the Quality Daily Physical Education Award Program

Guiding Principles

PHE Canada adheres to the following guiding principles related to Physical Education:

  • Physical Education is a fundamental right for all students in Canadian schools.
  • Teachers must be knowledgeable, critically reflective, and passionate.
  • Programs are developed based on sound pedagogical principles and current assessment practices that address individual student needs.
  • Planned program activities are balanced, multi-dimensional, and culturally relevant.

By adhering to these Guiding Principles, a quality/comprehensive Physical Education program provides a foundation for the development of physical literacy; enabling students to live physically active and healthy lives.

Standards

Physical and Health Education Canada recommends that such a program require the following as a minimum:

  • A minimum of 30 minutes of physical education every day of the school year
  • Well-planned lessons incorporating a wide range of activities that address the provincial curriculum learning outcomes/objectives.
  • A variety of assessment and evaluation strategies that enhance student learning
  • Emphasis on student learning, personal success, fair play, and personal health
  • Adherence to provincial student safety guidelines
  • Appropriate learning activities for the age/stage of development of each student that reflect current research and best practices.
  • Opportunities to be physically active beyond scheduled physical education time in order to realize recommended physical activity requirements for students (i.e. intramurals, extracurricular, school wide physical activity initiatives (DPA), etc.)
  • Opportunities for student leadership development
  • All students are taught by a qualified physical educator (as defined by PHE Canada)
  • Achievement of provincial curriculum learning outcomes

Breakdown of the New Levels

One Star (link to table below)
Two Star (link to table below)
Three Star (link to table below)
Four Star (link to table below)

 

Requirements for a One Star award

 

 

Kindergarten* through to Grade 12

One Star

Achieves provincial curriculum learning outcomes

Well-planned lessons incorporating a wide range of activities that address the provincial curriculum learning outcomes/objectives

A variety of assessment and evaluation strategies that enhance student learning

Emphasize student learning, personal success, fair play, and personal health and wellness

Adhere to provincial student safety guidelines

Appropriate learning activities for the age/stage of development of each student that reflect current research and best practices

Meets or exceeds provincial curriculum recommendations for minimum instructional time in physical education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*For schools that offer kindergarten less frequently than full day, every day (such as half day or every other day), minute requirements may be condensed in proportion to the reduction in instructional time.

 

 

Requirements for a Two Star award

 

Kindergarten* to Grade 12

Two Star

Achieves provincial curriculum learning outcomes

Well-planned lessons incorporating a wide range of activities that address the provincial curriculum learning outcomes/objectives

A variety of assessment and evaluation strategies that enhance student learning

Emphasize student learning, personal success, fair play, and personal health

Adhere to provincial student safety guidelines

Appropriate learning activities for the age/stage of development of each student that reflect current research and best practices

Opportunities to be physically active beyond scheduled physical education time in order to realize recommended physical activity requirements for students (i.e. intramurals, extracurricular, school wide physical activity initiatives (DPA), etc.)

Opportunities for student leadership development

A minimum of 150 minutes of PE per week, divided among at least 3 days per week

92.5 hours of PE per school year

 

 

*For schools that offer kindergarten less frequently than full day, every day (such as half day or every other day), minute requirements may be condensed in proportion to the reduction in instructional time.

 

Requirements for a Three Star award

 

Kindergarten* through to Grade 12

Three Star

Achieves provincial curriculum learning outcomes

Well-planned lessons incorporating a wide range of activities that address the provincial curriculum learning outcomes/objectives.

A variety of assessment and evaluation strategies that enhance student learning

Emphasize student learning, personal success, fair play, and personal health

Adhere to provincial student safety guidelines

Appropriate learning activities for the age/stage of development of each student that reflect current research and best practices

Opportunities to be physically active beyond scheduled physical education time in order to realize recommended physical activity requirements for students (i.e. intramurals, extracurricular, school wide physical activity initiatives (DPA), etc.)

Opportunities for student leadership development

All students are taught by a qualified physical educator (as defined by PHE Canada)

A minimum of 150 minutes of PE per week, divided among at least 3 days per week

92.5 hours of PE per school year

 

*For schools that offer kindergarten less frequently than full day, every day (such as half day or every other day), minute requirements may be condensed in proportion to the reduction in instructional time.

 

Requirements for a Four Star award

 

Kindergarten* through to Grade 12

Four Star

Achieves provincial curriculum learning outcomes

Well-planned lessons incorporating a wide range of activities that address the provincial curriculum learning outcomes/objectives.

A variety of assessment and evaluation strategies that enhance student learning

Emphasize student learning, personal success, fair play, and personal health

Adhere to provincial student safety guidelines

Appropriate learning activities for the age/stage of development of each student that reflect current research and best practices.

Opportunities to be physically active beyond scheduled physical education time in order to realize recommended physical activity requirements for students (i.e. intramurals, extracurricular, school wide physical activity initiatives (DPA), etc.)

Opportunities for student leadership development

All students are taught by a qualified physical educator (as defined by PHE Canada)

Minimum of 30 minutes of physical education every day of the school year

*For schools that offer kindergarten less frequently than full day, every day (such as half day or every other day), minute requirements may be condensed in proportion to the reduction in instructional time.

 

 

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