In fall 2018, the Government of Ontario held the largest ever consultation on Ontario’s publicly funded education system . The government had over 72,000 engagements with Ontarians, including parents, students, educators, employers and organizations, on ways the government can deliver education that works. This included comprehensive feedback on the need for an age-appropriate and relevant Health and Physical Education curriculum.
The 2019 Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum for Grades 1-8 are informed by the results of the consultation, as well as research and learnings from other jurisdictions. The result is a modernized and inclusive curriculum that helps students learn the skills and knowledge they need to lead healthy, active lives and make healthy and safe choices.
This learning relates to the everyday experiences of students – at home, at school and in the community – and helps students develop skills and habits that will enhance their physical, social-emotional and mental well-being for the rest of their lives. For Grades 1-8, Ontario’s updated HPE curriculum now includes:
- mandatory learning about mental health,including a new section on social-emotional learning skills
- new learning about concussions
- new and updated learning about body image, consent and online safety
- age-appropriate sexual health education
Health and Physical Education in Ontario. (n.d.). Retrieved October 29, 2019
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