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Standards

The goal of the Worcester Public Schools Health and Physical Education Department is to provide students with the necessary skills which enable them to make safe and healthy choices in a variety of situations. In addition, students are given those skills which are needed to make fitness a lifelong habit. The Health and Physical Education Curricula, which is aligned with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework, is taught by certified Health and Physical Education teachers.

Grade 3 Health

This health course teaches students fundamental concepts and skills that foster healthy habits and behaviors through the teaching of developmentally appropriate lessons that address nutrition, hygiene , disease prevention, violence prevention, including bullying and personal safety.

Grade 4 Health

This health course teaches students fundamental concepts and skills that foster healthy habits and behaviors through the teaching of developmentally appropriate lessons that address nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention, violence prevention, including bullying, decision making, and hygiene.

Grade 5 Health

This health course teaches students fundamental concepts and skills that foster healthy habits and behaviors through the teaching of developmentally apprpriate lessons that address nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention, violence prevention, including bullying, decision making, and hygiene.

Grade 6 Health

This health course teaches students fundamental concepts and skills that foster healthy habits and behaviors through the teaching of developmentally appropriate lessons that address nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention, violence prevention, including bullying, decision making, and hygiene. Students will study the emotional and physical changes as related to the reproductive system during puberty.

Grade 7 Health

This health course teaches students fundamental concepts and skills that foster healthy habits and behaviors through the teaching of developmentally appropriate lessons that address drug abuse and violence prevention, including bullying, as well as human sexuality.

Grade 8 Health

This health course teaches students fundamental concepts and skills that foster healthy habits and behaviors through the teaching of developmentally appropriate lessons that address drug abuse and violence prevention, including bullying, as well as human sexuality, disease prevention and first aid.

Health I (Part I)

This course provides students with the skills needed to live a healthy and productive lifestyle, as well as the ability to be a savvy health consumer. Young people are educated about various preventable illnesses/diseases, issues related to nutrition and fitness, as well as information on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as understanding sexuality, reproduction and birth. In addition, the course explores violence and injury prevention for teens. The goal is to allow students the opportunity to explore their own health practices and realize the implications of an unhealthy lifestyle in the future. This course will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance students’ ability to make safe and healthy choices in life.

Health I (Part II)

This course provides students with the skills needed to live a healthy and productive lifestyle, as well as the ability to be a savvy health consumer. Young people are educated about various preventable illnesses/diseases, issues related to nutrition and fitness, as well as information on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as understanding sexuality, reproduction and birth. In addition, the course explores violence and injury prevention for teens. The goal is to allow students the opportunity to explore their own health practices and realize the implications of an unhealthy lifestyle in the future. This course will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance students’ ability to make safe and healthy choices in life.

Health II (Part I)

This course focuses on providing students with the skills needed to live a healthy and productive lifestyle. It teaches young people about various relationships with family and friends, living with feelings and handling stress, understanding sexuality, reproduction and birth, dealing with trouble in relationships as well as building skills to prevent pregnancy, STDs and HIV, and finally transition to adulthood. The course teaches the students to build skills to enhance their ability to make informed choices in all of these areas.

Health II (Part II)

This course focuses on providing students with the skills needed to live a healthy and productive lifestyle. It teaches young people about various relationships with family and friends, living with feelings and handling stress, understanding sexuality, reproduction and birth, dealing with trouble in relationships as well as building skills to prevent pregnancy, STDs and HIV, and finally transition to adulthood. The course teaches the students to build skills to enhance their ability to make informed choices in all of these areas.