Movement is essential for daily functioning. Knowledge of what, where and how the body can move is critical for quality human existence.
Physical Education, as an integral part of the general education process, contributes to an individual’s awareness and understanding of the elements and dimensions of movement and forms the basis for the learning of sport skills. Sport, on the other hand, is viewed as the vehicle for the enhancement of fundamental motor skills and the development of complex skills learnt in a properly structured Physical Education programme. It is governed by formal or informal rules that involve competition and is pursued for fun, recreation or reward and promotes healthy lifestyle practices.
The study of Physical Education and Sport, therefore, not only allows students to work individually and with others in the theoretical and practical components of the subject but also assists them in developing critical life skills. As a curricular inclusion, it provides students of varying abilities with experiences that facilitate physical, social, intellectual, cultural and emotional growth. Skills related to decision-making, problem solving and critical thinking and the use of sport technology are acquired by students undertaking a course of study in Physical Education and Sport.
In offering this syllabus, the Caribbean Examinations Council is providing opportunities for the attainment of a working knowledge of Physical Education and Sport and its component parts. Such knowledge can form the basis for further studies in Physical Education and related fields in health and sport. The syllabus takes into consideration the multicultural nature of the Caribbean people and consequently, endeavours to respond to a wide range of Physical Education and Sport experiences.