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Overall Aim & Objectives


To provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of health related fitness and to apply its principles to participation in physical education activities.


  • To develop an understanding of the role of health related activity in the promotion of well-being.
  • To promote, through participation in relevant activity, an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin health related fitness.
  • To enable students to measure and monitor their physical well-being.
  • To encourage and enable students to take responsibility for their own good health and well-being.


Teacher Guidelines

It is the intention of this programme of study in health related activity [HRA] to provide the students with the knowledge and skills by which they can be enabled to make informed decisions concerning issues of health and personal wellbeing. In addition to acquiring these skills and knowledge, the students should be encouraged to develop a positive disposition towards participation in healthy physical activity.


The material will require a variety of approaches in order to attain the objectives set out in the programme. The primary focus of the programme in terms of methodology must be to facilitate the use of physical activity as the vehicle whereby the students learn. There will be occasions during which the students will be less active but it must be the intention of the teacher to restrict such occasions to the minimum.


A variety of presentation techniques will require a range of equipment. Each lesson will have a list of relevant equipment. As much as possible the equipment included will be that which is available to most teachers and thus no extra cost should accrue to the school.


It is recognised that the health related activity element of the Junior Cycle Physical Education curriculum is delivered most effectively through integration across the programme. Accordingly, the guidelines provided here present the health related activity element as a theme to be explored in a variety of activity contexts.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2009 12:14

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