International Baccalaureate

The Middle Years Programme - MYP


Physical Education & Health

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The aims of physical education are to enable the student to:

  • appreciate and understand the value of physical education and its relationship to a healthy, active lifestyle

  • work to their optimal level of physical fitness

  • become aware of movement as a creative medium connected to communication, expression and aesthetic appreciation

  • develop the motor skills necessary to participate successfully in a variety of physical activities

  • experience enjoyment and satisfaction through physical activity
    develop social skills that demonstrate the importance of teamwork and cooperation in group activities

  • demonstrate a high level of interest and personal engagement showing initiative, enthusiasm and commitment

  • show knowledge and understanding in a variety of physical activities and evaluate their own and others’ performances

  • demonstrate the ability to critically reflect upon physical activity in both a local and intercultural context

  • demonstrate the ability and enthusiasm to pass on to others in the community the knowledge, skills and techniques that have been learned.


The objectives of any MYP subject and of the personal project state the specific targets set for learning in the subject. They define what the learner will be able to do, or do better, as a result of studying the subject.
The objectives of MYP physical education are split into five sub-groups that correlate with the final assessment criteria.
A. Knowledge and Understanding
At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles and concepts related to a variety of physical activities

  • understand the importance of physical activity to a healthy lifestyle
    recall and understand the various components that contribute to health-related fitness.

B. Movement Composition
At the end of the course students should be able to compose and communicate meaning and ideas through movement.

C. Performance and Application
At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • display acquired motor skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities

  • apply tactics, strategies and rules in both individual and group situations

  • use movement concepts appropriately in relation to themselves, others and their physical environment

  • apply health and fitness principles effectively through a variety of physical activities.

D. Social Skills
At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • work cooperatively

  • respect themselves and their social and physical environment

  • support and encourage others (towards a positive working environment)

  • develop attitudes and strategies that enhance their relationship with others

  • show sensitivity to their own and different cultures.

E. Personal Engagement
At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • show initiative, creativity and a willingness to improve themselves

  • take responsibility for their own learning process and demonstrate engagement with the activity, showing enthusiasm and commitment

  • show self-motivation, organization and responsible behaviour

  • recognize, analyse and evaluate the effects of a variety of physical activities on themselves and others

  • reflect upon and evaluate their own performance in order to set goals for future development.