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Physical Education (PE) plays an important role in the physical growth and development of students. Through PE, students are given the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of physical activities such as sports and games and acquire the basic skills necessary for participation and enjoyment of the sports and games for leisure.
In addition, PE provides a natural platform to impart valuable life skills and develop self-awareness of their own physique. The life skills imparted through PE include self-management skills like discipline, resilience and endurance; social awareness skills like cooperation and teamwork; relationship management like sportsmanship and fair play and responsible decision-making skills with respect to student leadership and safety.
In line with the Ministry of Education (MOE) PE Curriculum Vision, the school also envisions that every student in NUS High School will be physically educated. Hence, the NUS High PE curriculum aims to ensure that each student:
1. Understands the importance and benefits of physical activity
2. Enjoys and actively participates in a variety of physical activities
3. Demonstrates positive social character traits in a variety of physical activities
4. Develops and maintains both health-rated fitness as well as performance–related fitness
5. Plays safely with respect to self and others
As PE educators, it is our duty of care to ensure the well-being of students in the physical domain. Safety is paramount. Prior to lessons, the PE staff would check on students’ well-being. Those who are unwell are duly excused from class. Adequate warm up/cool activities down are also carried out in class.
To heighten the awareness of safety in schools sports, the Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) has drafted a set of ‘Safety Tips for Sports & Games’ to guide the school sporting community in their participation of Sports and Games. All PE staff and sports CCA staff have been kept informed. This document can be found on the School Sports Website: http://www.schoolsports.sg/sssc/safety_resources.
There is a wide variety of activities offered to students from Years 1 – 6. At each level, students will learn at least 2 sports and games, in addition to the regular fitness and conditioning carried out throughout the year.
Some of the other features of the scheme of work include gymnastic programme for Years 1 – 2, track and field related activities for Years 1 – 4, sports science components like sports injury, basic first aid and sports ethics as well as health management components like hygiene, nutrition and healthy lifestyle for all levels.
The National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA) Challenge is conducted by the school annually. This mandatory scheme aims to promote the attainment of desirable levels of overall fitness amongst students. It enables schools to identify low-fit students so that additional support can be provided to help this group of students. It also aims to motivate students to improve their fitness.
The NAPFA Test Stations include Bent Knee Sit-ups, Standing Broad Jump, Sit and Reach, Pull-ups/Inclined Pull-ups, 4 x 10m Shuttle Run and 2.4km Run.
Award Requirements are as follows:
GOLD: At least a C grade performance in all 6 test items and a total of 21 or more points.
SILVER: At least a D grade performance in all 6 test items and a total of 15 or more points.
BRONZE: At least an E grade performance in all 6 test items and a total of 6 or more points.