The mission of our School Physical Education Program is to provide successful physical experiences for all children. Activities in the program are selected from a wide variety of offerings for children in Kindergarten through grade 8. Through participation in the physical education curriculum, students should have the opportunity to develop knowledge and practices necessary in obtaining personal physical fitness and lifetime wellness values. They should also acquire appropriate physical skills to participate in a wide range of physical activities and specialized sports skills. Social interaction occurs in physical education classes and participation should foster personal values.
K-8 PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM
The goal of our program is to provide grade level or age appropriate activities where self-expression, self-confidence, and physical and mental poise can be attained through determination and mastery of physical, mental, and social tasks. For Grades K-8, our PE program will use different approaches to physical education.
The first approach is Fitness Education. In fitness education, students will be fitness tested twice; once at the beginning of the school year and once at the end to hopefully measure improvements. The areas of fitness that will be covered are body composition, speed & agility, muscular strength & endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. FITTNESSGRAMA second approach is the Skill Theme approach. This approach is based on developmentally appropriate principles that recognize that children have different interests, abilities, and motor skills. The intent is to help children learn a variety of locomotor, nonmanipulative, and manipulative skills that they can use to enjoyably and confidently play a sport in the future. Skill Themes are generic and are not tied to any particular sport or activity.
The following are the main criteria that helped us build our program:
- Sportsmanship, cooperation, teamwork, and respect for self and others are taught prior to competition.
- In Grades K-2, the emphasis is on individual motor skill development and physical fitness.
- In Grades 3-8, teamwork is encouraged while refining motor skills and physical fitness. In Grades 5-8, lesson plans may introduce more small group and team competition, while further developing speed and accuracy of movement and encouraging total health and fitness. Grades 6-8 will be introduced to individual and team sports as well.