Health and Physical Education for the AC - Years 7 & 8: Student Book (Print and Digital)

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Health and Physical Education for the Australian Curriculum is a complete resource package that encourages students to develop skills, knowledge and strategies in order to make healthy, safe and active choices in their lives.

Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 3 - 7 Business Days ISBN: 9781316621646 Brand/Publisher: Cambridge University Press Categories: Australian CurriculumHealth & Physical EducationMovement & Physical Activity

Part of the series Health and Physical Education for the Australian Curriculum.

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Health and Physical Education for the Australian Curriculum is a complete resource package that encourages students to develop skills, knowledge and strategies in order to make healthy, safe and active choices in their lives.

Health and Physical Education for the Australian Curriculum covers the two curriculum content strands - Personal, social and community health, and Movement and physical activity - by drawing on the five interrelated propositions that have shaped this curriculum:

  • To provide a wide range of opportunities for students to develop, practice, apply and evaluate key health and movement knowledge, understanding and skills (to focus on educative purposes)
  • To support students to make healthy, safe and active choices (to take a strengths based approach)
  • To value the development of movement skills and concepts students need to confidently and ably participate in physical activity (to value movement)
  • To enhance students’ ability to access, understand and use health information (to develop health literacy)
  • To encourage students to critically research, apply, analyse and evaluate information, ideas, issues, contexts and influences (to include a critical inquiry approach)

This complete resource package for the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education integrates the key curriculum focus areas, together with general capabilities, cross-curricula priorities and links to other learning areas, as it explores key contemporary issues.



The student text delivered in full colour in print format.

PDF Textbook

The downloadable PDF version of the student text enables students to take notes, highlight key passages, and bookmark pages. It is downloaded from Cambridge GO using the unique 16-character code that is included with the purchase of the Print Textbook.

Interactive Textbook

The online version of the student text delivers a host of interactive features to enhance the teaching and learning experience of the student text. It is accessed online through Cambridge GO using a unique 16-character code supplied with the Print Textbook, or available for purchase separately as a digital-only option.

Contents: Years 7 & 8

  1. Who am I?
  2. Managing change and transition
  3. Seeking help
  4. Healthy and safe choices
  5. Benefits of relationships
  6. Managing yourself, supporting others
  7. Skills for your health
  8. Wellbeing in my community 
  9. Connecting with the outdoors 
  10. You, Me, We - valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity 
  11. Specialised movement skills 
  12. Movement for performance 
  13. Becoming a thinking player 
  14. The social, health and skill-related benefits of physical activity 
  15. Enhancing performance 
  16. Where do games come from? 
  17. Being a good sport 
  18. Learning on the move 
  19. Let’s join in

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About the Authors

Dylan Chown

Dylan Chown has worked in the field of Health and Physical Education for almost twenty years and is a researcher, teacher-trainer, occasional lecturer and consultant in the field of Islamic schooling. Dylan has travelled extensively delivering training and facilitation packages for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander games and has authored and co-authored a number of publications focused on Traditional Games for the Australian Curriculum.

Sue Dickens

Sue Dickens has thirteen years experience as a Health and Physical Education teacher and coach in secondary schools before moving to her current position at the University of Queensland. Her interests remain aligned to teaching and learning as the Manager of Continuing Professional Development which oversees the development of online courses specific to HPE teachers and sports coaches. Sue is also involved in the Postgraduate Program in Sports Coaching at UQ which offers sports coaches the opportunity for career advancement through tertiary study. She has over a decade of experience as an author having written HPE and Senior Physical Education textbooks for secondary schools to meet the changing curriculum and assessment requirements.

Toby Priest

Toby Priest has been a teacher of Physical Education and Health for the past 20 years in Secondary and Primary schools in Western Australia and South Australia, and has held Head of H&PE and Sport Coordinating positions. In recent years he has been the PE and Sport teacher at St Thomas School, Goodwood in Adelaide’s inner south, and holds various academic positions at Flinders University and the University of South Australia in H&PE teacher training.

Jo Butterworth

Jo Butterworth has worked in the field of Health, Physical Education and Science for over 20 years and currently works for the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and was involved in the implementation of a range of moderation and assessment processes in the senior phase of schooling. From 2011 – 2014 Jo was an ACHPER Queensland Management Committee member, advocating for quality Health and Physical Education in Queensland schools.

Christopher Hall

Christopher Hall has worked in Health and Physical Education for 20 years, with much of his time spent as a Head of Department and a Sport Coordinator at Carmel School in Western Australia. Chris also worked with Australian rugby league athletes combining a love of exercise physiology and biomechanics to improve player performance. With a young family of his own nowadays, Chris currently enjoys coaching / managing his own kids and others in their local teams.

Michelle Nemec

Michelle Nemec is an accomplished educator in New South Wales and a current Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) teacher. Michelle has presented at a range of International, National and State conferences and she was a member of the Years 7-10 PDHPE syllabus NSW. She holds a PhD earned at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University.

ISBN 9781316621646
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Product Type Student Books,
Year Level Year 7, Year 8,
Author(s) Jo Butterworth, Sue Dickens, Dylan Chown, Michelle Nemec, Toby Priest and Christopher Hall

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