IB Course Description


Course Name: Physical Education

Course #: PE 30

Grade Level: 7/8

# of Credits: .5 credit


I.  Course Outline

MYP Physical Education will be a physical education activity class as outlined in the Mesa Public Schools Arizona Academic Content Standards for Health and Physical Education.

Throughout this course, IB students will be asked to reflect on their progress along the Learner Profile continuum, which includes becoming motivated and principled learners. Students will expand their global outlook through research, problem-solving, and communication.

Key Concepts for this course will include Change, Communications and Relationships.  Related Concepts will include Movement, Space and Interaction.


II. IB Aims and Objectives

The aims of MYP (Your Class) are to encourage and enable students to:

  • use inquiry to explore physical and health education concepts

  • participate effectively in a variety of contexts

  • understand the value of physical activity

  • achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle

  • collaborate and communicate effectively

  • build positive relationships and demonstrate social responsibility

  • reflect on their learning experiences



    The objectives of MYP Physical Education are for students to:

  • Students develop knowledge and understanding about health and physical activity in order to identify and solve problems.


  • Students through inquiry design, analyze, evaluate and perform a plan in order to improve performance in physical and health education.

  • Students develop and apply practical skills, techniques, strategies and movement concepts through their participation in a variety of physical activities.

  • Students enhance their personal and social development, set goals, take responsible action and reflect on their performance and the performance of others.


    Outside of these, ATL (Approaches to Learning) is always present and helps students “learn to learn” with tools to enable them to become lifelong, independent learners.  ATL skills include thinking, social, communication, and research skills.


    III. Topics

    Major topics for this course include: physical and health-related knowledge, aesthetic movement, team sports, individual sports and recreational sports.


    IV. Global Contexts


    Global Contexts provide a framework on which to build each unit of study. The six Global Contexts will be integrated within the various units of study to reinforce the connections between physical education as it relates both to content and universal concepts.  The six Contexts are Identities and Relationships, Scientific and Technical Innovation, Fairness and Development, Orientation in Space and Time, Globalization and Sustainability, and Personal and Cultural Expression; however, of particular emphasis in this subject content will be Identities and Relationships and Fairness and Development.


    V.  Internationalism

    Internationalism for this content will include a variety of multi-cultural activities including international sports, movement and recreational activities will be researched, discussed and participated in throughout the semester.


    VI. Teaching Methods

    Teaching methods for this class incorporate demonstrations, group projects, written reflections, class discussions, presentations and use of technology.


    VII. Assessment

    Students are given an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and the Criterion A-B-C-D skills using a variety of assessments such as tests, movement composition, game play, and reflections. Performance-based assessments can include game play, aesthetic movement routine, fitness training program, and creating games. This way, students are given an opportunity to self-reflect and refine their product prior to teacher evaluation.


    VIII. Texts and/or Resources

    Fitness for Life: Middle School



    Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary Students

    Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary Students