Summary of Course Content and Activities
Physical Education and Wellness 5 (or PEW 5) is based on the new Alberta curriculum (2022). PEW supports a strength-based focus that promotes the development of the whole individual and aims to nurture students in their pursuit of living healthy and active lifestyles. Physical education improves the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. As students become physically literate, they develop the motivation, confidence, physical competence, and knowledge to value and take on the responsibility for engaging in a wide range of physical activities. Wellness education promotes the vitality of individuals and communities and provides students with opportunities to learn about various aspects of health and wellbeing and to make informed decisions. As students grow and develop, they access, comprehend, evaluate, communicate, and apply health and wellness-related information as a means of promoting, maintaining, and improving wellbeing in a variety of settings throughout their lifetimes. Students who understand the importance of their wellbeing can make healthy living choices because they have developed essential knowledge and skills.
There are 9 units of study: Active Living and Motivation; Movement Skills Development; Developing Character; Personal Safety; Healthy Eating; Healthy Relationships; Decision Making; Human Reproduction (opt-in); and Financial Literacy. There are also monthly physical activity logs to complete.
Please note that the Human Reproduction unit is an “opt-in” unit of study and requires parental approval before a student is allowed to take part in it. Parents can contact the school to gain access to the course in order to view the unit’s contents.
On top of Alberta Education’s goals and outcomes, this course is designed to help students develop a godly understanding of who they are, from a biblical perspective, and to also learn how to take care of their bodies in a healthy manner, through eating well and daily physical activity. Health and life skills involve learning about the habits, behaviours, interactions, and decisions related to healthy daily living and planning for the future.
There is an assignment at the end of each unit of study that relates back to the information taught in the lesson. Also, there are formative assessments placed throughout the lessons, such as Group Discussions and Table Talks and Case Studies, that students think through to develop their understanding of the course material and have parents actively work with them to provide their practical input based on their own personal experiences.
God has created each person as unique individuals, with different bodies, minds, interests, personalities, families, etc. Thankfully, we can be assured that God spent time thinking about and planning every part of us. Psalm 139:13-16 says:
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”
Learning to eat healthy foods and in moderation, along with daily physical activity, helps our bodies to be the best that they can be in order to serve the Lord. Additionally, knowing what to think and how to think, through a proper grasp of who we are in relation to the God of the universe, helps us to organize our thought-life in a way that supports a biblical worldview. This, then, benefits us as we learn to live and think rightly in a world that wants to pull us away from God.
There are no prerequisites for PEW 5.
• PC computer (not an Apple, Chromebook, or iPad), printer, scanner, internet access.
Forecasted Amount of Time:
At least 20 minutes/day for PE activity and 10 minutes/day for Wellness assignments.
Unit Assignments (Wellness) – 50%
Monthly Activity Logs (PE) – 50%