Ophea’s H&PE at Home Resources have been developed to provide educational and development-focused curriculum-linked resources to support educators, parents/caregivers and all students to keep progressing in their learning.
The resource database and sample activities have been adapted from OASPHE's Getting Started with Learning Outside of the Classroom: Health and Physical Education Elementary Supports.
In addition, alongside Ontario's teachers, Ophea has put together a collection of our health and physical education content to use with primary, junior, and intermediate learners to stay healthy and active at home.
Why health and physical education at home (H&PE at Home)?
- Highlights the importance of Health and Physical Education: “Health and Physical Education is highly relevant to students’ present and future lives in a complex, global, technology-rich, and rapidly changing world, and students need to understand this if they are to develop the comprehension, commitment, and capacity to participate in and promote healthy, active living.” (Ontario Elementary H&PE Curriculum, 2019 p. 10; Ontario Secondary H&PE Curriculum, 2015, p.10)
- Supports student success and health and well-being: “Research has shown a connection between increased levels of physical activity and better academic achievement, better concentration, better classroom behaviour, and more focused learning. Other benefits include improvements in mental health and well-being, physical capacity, self-concept, and the ability to cope with stress. ” (Ontario H&PE Curriculum, 2019 p. 7)
- Continues physical literacy development for students: A student’s physical literacy journey is an ongoing and shared responsibility. PE at Home provides students with the opportunity to learn, practice and demonstrate a variety of skills and strategies, share their learning with their parent/caregiver and reinforce this learning at home.
- Reinforces key messages about safety: PE at Home provides an opportunity to extend the safety practices used at school during Health and Physical Education to the home. Communicating with parents/caregivers and having students learn about and take increased responsibility for safe practices will encourage the use of consistent practices for all physical activities.