In February, 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Education released revisions to the Health & Physical Education (HPE) Curriculum, for classrooms across Ontario, beginning in September, 2015.
The revised HPE curriculum, last updated in 1998, contains new material related to a number of issues that were not publicly discussed in school or available 17 years ago. Some of these topics include mental health, online safety and the risks of sexting, respect for self and consent within healthy relationships, and respect for diversity.
What is covered in the Health & Physical Education (HPE) Curriculum?
The HPE Curriculum is made up of 3 parts: Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living. The Active Living strand consists of:
- Active Participation
- Physical Fitness
- Safety (e.g. bike safety, concussions)
The Movement Competence – Skills, Concepts and Strategies strand consists of:
- Physical Activity and Sports Skills
The Healthy Living strand consists of:
- Healthy Eating/Nutrition
- Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
- Substance Abuse, Addictions and other behaviour (e.g. gaming, screen time)
- Human Development and Sexual Health
Understanding the Connection Between HPE & FLE
In Ontario Catholic schools, Family Life Curriculum (FLE) is taught through the lens of the ‘Fully Alive’ program. The Fully Alive program presents a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage and family and is designed to encourage students to become the people God wants them to be – to be fully alive.
With the guidance of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) has developed resources to ensure that the Family Life Curriculum in Ontario’s Catholic schools continues to be consistent with our Catholic teachings, appropriate within the context of our Catholic classrooms, and complementary to the efforts of parents.
The Family Life Curriculum (FLE), using the resource series, Fully Alive, is broken down into 5 themes:
- Theme 1: Created and Loved by God
- Theme 2: Living in Relationship
- Theme 3: Created Sexual: Male and Female
- Theme 4: Growing in Commitment
- Theme 5: Living in the World
New Resources for Parents & Catholic Schools
The Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) views the new curriculum as an opportunity for parents and teachers to talk to students about a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Supplementary resources have been developed to help educators deliver the provincial curriculum in a way that is consistent with Catholic values. Review the resources below, that explain how the curriculum is being taught in our schools.