What OurPlanet believes about PSPE

Personal, Social and Physical Education (PSPE) at OurPlanet in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is concerned with the individual’s well-being through the promotion and development of concepts, knowledge, attitudes and skills that contribute to this well- being. Well-being is intrinsically linked to all aspects of a student’s experience at school and beyond. It encompasses physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social health and development, and contributes to an understanding of self, to developing and maintaining relationships with others, and to participation in an active, healthy lifestyle.

PSPE is integral to teaching and learning in the PYP and is embodied in the IB learner profile that permeates the programme and represents the qualities of internationally minded students and effective lifelong learners. As lifelong learners we strive to make sense of our lives and the world around us by constructing meaning, exploring concepts and revising understandings. Lifelong learners adopt a positive attitude to learning, develop and apply strategies for critical and creative thinking, engage in inquiry, make connections, and apply new learning and skills in different contexts. In order to become successful learners, it is necessary for students to feel empowered by their learning, to value and take responsibility for their learning, to demonstrate resilience and to develop independence. Such learners are able to reflect on themselves, their experiences, and the process of learning in order to support personal growth and their ongoing commitment to personal, social and physical well-being.

Physical education in a PYP school is more than just student participation in sports and games. Its purpose should is:

  • to develop a combination of transferable skills promoting physical, intellectual, emotional and social development; 
  • to encourage present and future choices that contribute to long-term healthy living; 
  • to understand the cultural significance of physical activities for individuals and communities. 

The development of overall well-being is defined through three common strands that have relevance to all teachers: 

  • Identity
  • Active Living 
  • Interactions. 

These strands are concept driven and have been designed to interact with each other, working together to support the overall development of students. 

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