Health and Physical Education (HPE) and the Fully Alive program for Family Life Education - Curriculum and resources
The fundamentals of the subjects being coveredThe HPE curriculum covers much more than discussions about sexuality and anatomy. It offers health lessons on nutrition and the importance of physical activity. There are five main areas of focus for students in Grades 1 through 12.
- School, Family, and Community Support
- Physical Activity as the Vehicle for Learning
- Physical and Emotional Safety
- Student-Centred, Skill-Based Learning
- Balanced, Integrated Learning with Relevance to Student’s Lives
The Fully Alive program for Family Life EducationIn Ontario Catholic schools, Family Life Education is taught through the lens of the Fully Alive program in Grades 1 through 8. This program was design under the guidance of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. The teachings focus on a distinctive Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Its goal is to complement what parents are teaching their children at home. There are five themes of the Fully Alive program:
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. They have developed supplementary resources to help educators deliver the provincial curriculum in a way that is consistent with Catholic values. Take some time to review these resources. They help explain how the curriculum is being taught in our schools.
New resources to help Catholic schools
A Parent's Guide to Understanding Family Life Education in Catholic Schools