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International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

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Assessment - Physical and Health Education

Table 1

Here are the key concepts to be explored across the MYP. The key concepts contributed by the study of physical and health education are change, communication and relationships.

Aesthetics Change Communication Communities
Connections Creativity Culture Development
Form Global Interactions Identity Logic
Perspective Relationships Systems Time, place and space

These key concepts provide a framework for physical and health education, informing units of work and helping to organize teaching and learning.


Change is a conversion, transformation, or movement from one form, state or value to another. In many ways, physical and health education involves inquiry into change. In response to stimuli from players and the environment, individuals and teams change strategies and tactics. Change is an essential aspect of human development, and adolescents are acutely aware of their changing bodies and abilities. Physical and health education courses can help to foster positive personal, social, emotional, mental and physical change that can lead to more balanced, healthy lives.


Communication is the exchange or transfer of signals, facts, ideas and symbols. It requires a sender, a message and an intended receiver. Physical and health education requires students to utilize, create, adapt and understand a variety of strategic communication tools. Communication within this subject relies on a strong connection between form and function. Students will understand that communication is not simply about giving and receiving information, but also how that information is transferred. Communication is an essential part of all personal and social development; it helps people to understand themselves, others and the world around them.


Relationships are the connections and associations between properties, objects, people and ideas— including the human community’s connections with the world in which we live. In physical and health education, the concept of relationship offers opportunities to explore the connections human beings need in order to function and interact effectively. Through physical and health education, students will develop and reflect on a wide variety of personal and social relationships in which they can assess and develop their interpersonal skills.

Assessment Information

Assessment for physical and health education in all years of the programme is criterion-related, based on four equally weighted assessment criteria

Criterion A Knowing and understanding Maximum 8
Criterion B Planning for performance Maximum 8
Criterion C Applying and performing Maximum 8
Criterion D Reflecting and improving performance Maximum 8

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