Four concepts support the framework for learning in health education.
The concept of well-being encompasses the physical, mental and emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of health. Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health unique to New Zealand. It comprises taha tinana, taha hinengaro, taha whanau, and taha wairua.
Health promotion helps create supportive physical and emotional environments in classrooms, schools, communities, and society. The process involves collective action from all members of the wider community and will help students understand how their environment affects well-being, develop skills to empower them to take action to improve well-being, and to help develop supportive links and policies to ensure safety in the community.
The Socio-ecological Perspective
Students will be able to identify and reflect on factors that influence people’s choice and behaviours relating to health, recognise the need for mutual care and shared responsibility, and actively contribute to their own well-being, to that of other people and society, and to the health of the environment.
Attitudes and Values
Students will develop a positive and responsible attitude to their own well-being, respect for the rights of other people, care and concern for other people in their community and for the environment, and develop a sense of social justice.
Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum. Ministry of Education.
Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum
Health and physical education is one of the eight essential learning areas of The New Zealand Curriculum. Furthermore, it is a compulsory subject until the end of Year 10.
Although there are seven key areas of learning in the Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum, the four areas specifically covered in Health education are:
- mental health,
- food and nutrition,
- body care and physical safety,
- sexuality education.
For more detailed information on Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum please visit https://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum/Health-and-physical-education