The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course aims to extend students' knowledge and skills in selected areas of the K-6 Personal Development and Health syllabus and new Australian HPE Curriculum. In particular this course will explore personal development and health concepts that are contained in the PDHPE syllabus (Mental Health and Well-being, Relationships and Sexuality, and Safety) and contexts for health in the new Australian HPE Curriculum. There will be an emphasis on teaching sensitive issues such as sexuality, emotional and mental health, child protection, and grief and loss.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe and apply principles of, and strategies for teaching Personal Development and dealing with sensitive issues in relation to sexuality and social, emotional, and mental health;

2. Demonstrate teaching skills and effectively use relevant teaching resources for teaching about personal development topics;

3. Analyse their own experiences, attitudes and values which may affect their teaching of key strands of the syllabus;

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and processes involved with sexuality, mental health issues for children, child protection, and grief and loss (personal development topics in the NSW K-6 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education syllabus and new Australian HPE Curriculum);

5. Describe a range of teaching, whole school and wider community strategies that will enhance the health and wellbeing of children.


Principles for teaching sensitive issues in primary schools:

  • Module 1: Sexuality
  • Module 2: Mental Health

Assumed knowledge

Foundation Studies in K-6 PDHPE - PUBH1030

Assessment items

Written Assignment: 'Sexuality Question Box' Oral Presentation and Written Report

Online Learning Activity: Blackboard Online Reflection Task

Formal Examination: Examination