Grades Kindergarten - 3
Regular physical education classes provide students with the opportunity to develop gross motor skills, work as a team and learn the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Our Program focuses on three major areas that contribute to one’s physical health and well being:
- Movement Concepts. The program emphasizes the variety of ways to travel (e.g. running, skipping, hopping), as well as changes of direction and speeds, different ways to balance, jump and land, special awareness, chasing, fleeing, dodging, and body awareness.
- Skill Themes. Basic skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, volleying, dribbling, tumbling activities, and rhythmic movements, are emphasized in each class period.
- Wellness Concepts. The wellness concepts taught throughout the year include healthy and unhealthy foods, and the components of fitness which are muscular strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance.
Physical education is an integral part of the educational program for all students. It teaches students how their bodies move, how to perform a variety of physical activities, the health-related benefits of regular physical activity, and specific skills that will allow them to adopt a physically active, healthy lifestyle. It also provides learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of students. With physical education, students become confident, independent, self-controlled, and resilient; develop positive social skills; learn to set and strive for personal, achievable goals; learn to assume leadership, cooperate with others, and accept responsibility for their own behavior; and improve their academic performance.
There are five overall model content standards for elementary and middle school children.
In grades 6,7, and 8, the specific content standards emphasize working cooperatively to achieve a common goal, meeting challenges and making decisions, and working as a team to solve problems.