Work samples

Health and Physical Education

Years 7 and 8


Demonstration: Bush dance

Summary of task

Students participated in a unit of work that introduced them to the history of Australian bush dance. The class was taught Heel and Toe Polka, Strip the Willow and Waves of Bondi at the start of the unit.

Students were asked to form groups and use the movements learnt in the previous dances plus their own variations to choreograph their own bush dance routine. These routines were performed in front of the class.

This assessment task relates to the focus area: rhythmic and expressive movement activities.

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 8, students evaluate strategies and resources to manage changes and transitions and investigate their impact on identities. Students evaluate the impact on wellbeing of relationships and valuing diversity. They analyse factors that influence emotional responses. They investigate strategies and practices that enhance their own, others’ and community health, safety and wellbeing. They investigate and apply movement concepts and select strategies to achieve movement and fitness outcomes. They examine the cultural and historical significance of physical activities and examine how connecting to the environment can enhance health and wellbeing.

Students apply personal and social skills to establish and maintain respectful relationships and promote safety, fair play and inclusivity. They demonstrate skills to make informed decisions, and propose and implement actions that promote their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing. Students demonstrate control and accuracy when performing specialised movement sequences and skills. They apply movement concepts and refine strategies to suit different movement situations. They apply the elements of movement to compose and perform movement sequences.

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