Physical education (KRO01‑05)
Relevance and central values
Physical education is an important subject for stimulating lifelong joy of movement and a physically active lifestyle based on personal qualities and abilities. The subject shall help the pupils to learn, sense, experience and create with their bodies. Through movement activities and nature wandering together with others, physical education promotes collaboration, understanding and respect for each other. The subject shall help the pupils to develop their competence in exercising, lifestyle choices and health, and also to experience the importance of one’s own efforts for achieving goals. The pupils’ efforts are therefore part of the competence in physical education. The subject shall motivate the pupils to maintain a physically active and health-promoting lifestyle after leaving school and in their future working lives.
All subjects shall help the pupils to understand the value system for learning. Physical education shall give the pupils the opportunity to practise and reflect on interaction, co-responsibility, equality and equal value. In physical education, the pupils shall solve challenges and tasks in a diversified learning environment. The subject shall also challenge their courage to push their limits. Play, outdoor life ("friluftsliv"), dancing, swimming, sports activities and other movement activities are part of the all-round education tradition and the creation of identity in society. Physical education maintains the traditional movement activities in society, while also stimulating experimentation and creative exercise of talent in alternative forms of movement. Physical education encourages the pupils to think critically about how the way the ideal body is portrayed may affect self-esteem, health, fitness and lifestyles. Outdoor activities and nature wandering are the foundation for learning to enjoy and respect nature and for developing environmental awareness.