All students will be physically active and educated, acquiring motor skills to perform a variety of physical activities, and intrinsic motivation to pursue a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle.
The physical education program at Footscray Primary School is designed to provide positive physical activity experiences that support the development of healthy, active children. All students from Foundation to Grade 6 take part in weekly one-hour classes with a specialist physical education teacher. Foundation to Grade 2 students focus on developing a strong understanding of the core fundamental movement skills and applying these in structured activities and games. In Grades 3 to 6, students begin to transfer these skills into more complex, sports-specific environments.
The physical education curriculum is informed by both the Victorian Curriculum and the Primary Years Program (PYP). The International Baccalaureate learner profile, attitudes and transdisciplinary skills feature strongly in the program, allowing students to become positive and inclusive members of sporting communities.
Students in Grades 4 to 6 are provided with increasing opportunities to represent the school in sporting competitions such as swimming, cross country and athletics. Year 6 students engage in a year-long interschool sport program across a wide variety of sports. As part of the program all students have the opportunity to take part in an intensive water safety program (Foundation – Year 4) and beach program (Year 5 – 6) conducted by Life Saving Victoria.
Footscray Primary School holds strong community connections and encourages all students to participate in extra-curricular activities such as Active April, National Ride 2 School Day, and additional coaching clinics offered through local sporting affiliations.