Course Outline: PPL1O

The following document is the course outline for the PPL1O course offered by Christian Virtual School. It contains the course description, unit outline, teaching & learning strategies, and the curriculum expectations addressed. This outline can also be viewed as a PDF using the download link provided.

Healthy Active Living Education, Grade 9, Open

Course Code: PPL1O

Grade: 9 

Course Type: Open

Credit Value: 1.0 

Prerequisite(s): None 

Curriculum DocumentHealth and Physical Education, Revised (2015) 

Developed By: Elyse Gosselin

Department: Health and Physical Education

Development Date: September 2020

Most Recent Revision Date: September 2022


Mark graduated from Lakehead University in 2010, with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) and a Bachelor of Education degree.  

After graduating, Mark began his teaching career with science, health and physical education, and communication technology in a remote, Indigenous community of Bearskin Lake, Ontario. Working in the north gave him his first experiences with online education. In continuing with online education, Mark became a special education coordinator for 13 Northern communities and continued to write and develop courses over the 5 years. He then returned to his hometown as a Vice-Principal and then Principal for an accredited private school. Using these experiences, Mark is now working for the public-school board as an intermediate teacher to help ready students for the secondary level. In addition, he continues to teach both online and through his summers at a youth jail to help rehabilitate students who face motivational and life challenges as well as coaching soccer, basketball, and baseball. 

In his spare time, Mark continues his love for learning by taking additional courses online, learning new songs on the guitar, or learning to cook a new dish! He has a good sense of humour and physically active through golf, tennis, travelling, camping, and hiking! He says, “I hope to help students and colleagues free themselves of their concerns and fear of learning new things and bring out their best self as the effect we have on each other, is the most valuable currency there is; with online mediums and platforms such as CVS, we can do just that. I look forward to developing relationships and building online presence with the CVS School community to learn, grow and support each other!” 

Course Description:

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices now and lead healthy, active lives in the future. Through participation in a wide range of physical activities, students develop knowledge and skills related to movement competence and personal fitness that provide a foundation for active living. Students also acquire an understanding of the factors and skills that contribute to healthy development and learn how their own well-being is affected by, and affects, the world around them. Students build their sense of self, learn to interact positively with others, and develop their ability to think critically and creatively.

Overall Curriculum Expectations

Active Living

  1. participate actively and regularly in a wide variety of physical activities, and demonstrate an understanding of factors that can influence and support their participation in physical activity now and throughout their lives;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of being physically active, and apply physical fitness concepts and practices that contribute to healthy, active living;
  3. demonstrate responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others as they participate in physical activities.

          Movement Competence: Skills, Concepts, and Strategies

          1. perform movement skills, demonstrating an understanding of the basic requirements of the skills and applying movement concepts as appropriate, as they engage in a variety of physical activities;
          2. apply movement strategies appropriately, demonstrating an understanding of the components of a variety of physical activities, in order to enhance their ability to participate successfully in those activities.

                    Healthy Living

                    1. demonstrate an understanding of factors that contribute to healthy development;
                    2. demonstrate the ability to apply health knowledge and living skills to make reasoned decisions and take appropriate actions relating to their personal health and well-being;
                    3. demonstrate the ability to make connections that relate to health and well-being – how their choices and behaviours affect both themselves and others, and how factors in the world around them affect their own and others’ health and well-being.

                              Living Skills

                              1. use self-awareness and self-monitoring skills to help them understand their strengths and needs, recognize sources of stress, take responsibility for their actions, and monitor their own progress as they participate in physical activities, develop movement competence, and acquire knowledge and skills related to healthy living
                              2. use adaptive, management, and coping skills to help them respond to the various challenges they encounter as they participate in physical activities, develop movement competence, and acquire knowledge and skills related to healthy living
                              3. communicate effectively, using verbal or non-verbal means, as appropriate, and interpret information accurately as they participate in physical activities, develop movement competence, and acquire knowledge and skills related to healthy living
                              4. apply relationship and social skills as they participate in physical activities, develop movement
                              5. competence, and acquire knowledge and skills related to healthy living to help them interact positively with others, build healthy relationships, and become effective group or team members
                              6. use a range of critical and creative thinking skills and processes to assist them in making connections, planning and setting goals, analysing and solving problems, making decisions, and evaluating their choices in connection with learning in health and physical education

                                    Resources Required:

                                    This course is entirely online and does not require nor rely on any textbook. The materials required for the course are:

                                    • A calculator (online or hand-held)
                                    • Access to video recording tool (webcam, cellphone, etc.)
                                    • Recommended: athletic shoes
                                    • Recommended: various balls or equivalent to be used in sports and games

                                    The student will also be required to do the following:

                                    • Plan, create, and execute a healthy eating and fitness plan to last a minimum duration of four weeks. The student can execute both the healthy eating and fitness plan concurrently. Students should be advised that they require a minimum of four weeks to complete the course.

                                    Teaching and Learning Strategies:

                                    • Differentiated Learning and Assessment: This course allows students the flexibility to not only work through the course in the order they are most comfortable with, but also lets them select options for assessments that best fit their respective skill sets and comfort levels. The goal is to allow the student to demonstrate their understanding and ability through a variety of assessment opportunities.
                                    • Technology and Media Strategies: Activity-specific skills and strategies are supported by video instruction. This allows students to see the movements prior to participation.
                                    • Thinking Skills Strategies: Through the use of case studies and self-reflection, students will learn to think creatively and critically about issues involving healthy and active living.

                                    Assessment and Evaluation Strategies of Student Performance:

                                    Every student attending Christian Virtual School is unique. We believe each student must have the opportunities to achieve success according to their own interests, abilities, and goals. Like the Ministry of Education, we have defined high expectations and standards for graduation, while introducing a range of options that allow students to learn in ways that suit them best and enable them to earn their diplomas. Christian Virtual School’s Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting Policy is based on seven fundamental principles, as outlined in the Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools document.

                                    When these seven principles are fully understood and observed by all teachers, they guide the collection of meaningful information that helps inform instructional decisions, promote student engagement, and improve student learning. At Christian Virtual School, teachers use practices and procedures that:

                                    1. are fair, transparent, and equitable for all students;
                                    2. support all students, including those with special education needs, those who are learning English, and those who are First Nation, Métis, or Inuit;
                                    3. are carefully planned to relate to the curriculum expectations and learning goals and, as much as possible, to the interests, learning styles and preferences, needs, and experiences of all students;
                                    4. are communicated clearly to students and parents or guardians at the beginning of the school year or course and at other appropriate points throughout the school year or course;
                                    5. are ongoing, varied in nature, and administered over a period of time to provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate the full range of their learning;
                                    6. provide ongoing descriptive feedback that is clear, specific, meaningful, and timely to support improved learning and achievement; and
                                    7. develop students’ self-assessment skills to enable them to access their own learning, set specific goals, and plan next steps for their learning.

                                    For more information on our assessment and evaluation strategies, refer to Section 6, Student Achievement, in the Course Calendar.

                                    Program Planning Considerations: