Curriculum in Physical Education

Curriculum — one of the four essential components of physical education — is the written, clearly articulated plan for how standards and education outcomes will be attained.

School districts and schools should have a written physical education curriculum for grades K-12 that is sequential and comprehensive. It should be based on national and/or state standards and grade-level outcomes for physical education, and should include learning objectives for students as well as units and lessons for teachers to implement.

The physical education curriculum should mirror other school district and school curricula in its design and schedule for periodic review/update.

Overall, the physical education curriculum serves the purpose of standardizing the curriculum in a school district across schools and ensuring equitable education for all students. It also results in improved teacher quality and increased consistency in instruction.

Curriculum Resources

Essential Components of Physical Education