Health and Physical Education (H&PE)
Connect[ED] links directly to the Healthy Living Strand of The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1 – 8: Health and Physical Education, 2015 (revised). The H&PE Curriculum is intended to help students develop:
- the living skills needed to develop resilience and a secure identity and sense of self, through opportunities to learn adaptive, management, and coping skills, to practise communication skills, to learn how to build relationships and interact positively with others, and to learn how to use critical and creative thinking processes;
- the skills and knowledge that will enable them to enjoy being active and healthy throughout their lives;
- an understanding of the factors that contribute to healthy development, a sense of personal responsibility for lifelong health, and an understanding of how living healthy, active lives is connected with the world around them and the health of others.
Four topic areas are addressed within the H&PE Curriculum Healthy Living Strand:
- Healthy Eating
- Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
- Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours
- Human Development and Sexual Health
Connect[ED] is linked to Personal Safety and Injury Prevention, which helps students recognize, assess and control potentially dangerous situations in order to reduce risk of injury.
Connect[ED] helps students build knowledge and develop skill. Knowledge alone is not enough to ensure students will make healthy decisions about personal safety; they must also have the skills necessary to preventand respond to situations that threaten their personal safety and well-being.
Connect[ED] reinforces Living Skills such as:
- self-awareness and self-monitoring skills
- adaptive, management, and coping skills
- communication skills
- relationship and social skills
- planning and processing
- drawing conclusions
Language – Media Literacy
The Language Curriculum includes the Media Literacy Strand. Media literacy is the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and use the codes and conventions of various forms and genres of media (such as news, magazines, video, advertisements, film, music, games, apps, websites and social networks) appropriately, effectively and ethically.
Media environments are embedded into the fabric of students’ daily lives, and so it is crucial that young people be able to develop critical thinking skills about media products and be equipped to enjoy, understand, and respond to their messages. While developing a powerful and positive relationship with media, students must also be able to distinguish fact from opinion, evaluate the credibility of sources, be attuned to discriminatory portrayals and recognize biased representations.
To develop media literacy skills, students need opportunities to view, analyze and discuss a wide variety of media texts and relate them to their own experience. They also require opportunities to use available technologies to create different media texts. Connect [ED] provides such opportunities by allowing students to reflect on the messages portrayed in the video and examine the video’s degree of effectiveness in delivering credible information about Internet safety to its target audience. Creating a variety of media products allows students to express their understandings of their subject matter as well as their chosen media forms.
Character education is embedded in teaching and learning in all of Ontario’s publicly funded school boards. It considers the whole student as an individual, a learner and an engaged citizen.
Connect[ED] integrates character education through an understanding and application of online ethics. One of the key areas of focus of this resource is on “netiquette” - communicating respectfully online. Examples include:
- the appropriate use of smart phone cameras
- the appropriate use of computer webcams
- the importance of online privacy
- maintaining integrity while using the Internet and other forms of social media.