Year 11 Physical Education Units 1 and 2
In Unit 1, you will explore how the musculoskeletal and cardio-respiratory systems work together to produce movement. You will explore the relationships between the body systems and physical activity, sport and exercise through practical activities. Also, you will look at how the systems adapt and adjust to the demands of the activity. You will investigate the role and function of the main structures in each system in an exciting exercise. As a result, you will learn how they respond to physical activity, sport and exercise.
Unit 2 will develop your understanding of physical activity, sport and society from a participatory perspective. You will be introduced to types of physical activity. You will look effect physical activity and sedentary behaviour have on health and wellbeing. Then, you will experience and explore different types of physical activity promoted in your own and different population groups. The course will also give you an appreciation of the level of physical activity needed for health benefits.
Who is it for?
Physical Education is a subject ideal for those who enjoy participating in sport or physical activity. The study of VCE Physical Education is ideal for students with a wide range of aspirations, including those who wish to pursue further study at the tertiary level or in vocational education and training settings in fields such as exercise and sport science, health science, education, recreation, sport development and coaching, health promotion and related careers.
What do you do?
Engage in weekly work that explores all the content within the unit 1 and 2 PE study design.
Understand the terms relating to physical activity and how they can impact lifelong participation including barriers, enablers, sedentary behaviour, sport and exercise.
Discover the interaction between the muscles and bones which enable movement.
Discover the structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system which enables blood flow around the body at rest and during exercise.
Participate in a series of practical activities and reflect on their effectiveness on physical wellbeing.
Explore the socio-cultural factors which influence movement and how each can restrict or be used to enhance physical activity.
Construct and record a physical activity program which meets national guidelines.
Investigate a contemporary issue which effects people’s participation in physical activity.
What skills do you need?
There are no prerequisites for entry to Unit 1 or 2, however you do need:
a willingness to have a go at a range of physical activities
a commitment to submit weekly work (up to an hour each week)
initiative and self-management skills (e.g. trying to figure things out yourself before asking a teacher)
Years 7-10 English and Science is an advantage
What skills do you develop?
Some of the key skills include being able to: define and participate in a range of physical activities, sports and exercise.
Some of the key skills include being able to:
- define and participate in a range of physical activities, sports and exercise
- describe the social, cultural and environmental influences on movement
- use and apply correct anatomical terminology to the working of the musculoskeletal system in producing human movement
- perform, observe and analyse a variety of movements used in physical activity, sport and exercise to explain the interaction between bones, muscles, joints and joint actions responsible for movement
- define and identify forms of physical activity, physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour
- identify contemporary issues associated with participation in physical activity and sport
- participate in and reflect on physical activities that illustrate the participatory perspective of the selected issue.
The following textbook is required: Live it up 1: VCE Physical Education 1 and 2, Fourth edition.
Things to think about
Consider attending when possible regular online lessons.
Creating a vocabulary list of all definitions from key knowledge terms as contained in the Unit 1 and 2 study design.
Attendance at other practical laboratory workshops and revision seminars which are conducted at the Virtual School Victoria in Terms 2, 3 and 4, are optional.