Course Syllabus





    Physical Education, (Swim)  Grade 9                     Swim Course Syllabus Outline

    M. Switalski


    *Course Title: Physical Education Swim Class, Grade 9

    *Course Description:

    The Physical Education curriculum, instruction and assessment is based on the Physical Education Standards set by New York State. These standards include motor/movement, personal fitness/wellness and personal living skills.  Its goal is to contribute to the development of the student’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social maturity.

    The swim program will follow the American Red Cross swimming and water safety standards. Red Cross course completion certificates will be awarded to students completing specific standards.  

    *Course Objectives:

    Motor/ movement: Through a developmental appropriate progression of activities, based on a strong foundation of psychomotor skills, all students regardless of ability can engage in swim activity with competence and confidence.  Students perform voluntary motor skills that change with experience. In order to participate in a variety of swim activities through life, a student needs to master a number of motor/movement skills at a young age.

    Personal/fitness/wellness: Students gain an understanding of the importance of developing and maintaining optimum fitness in areas of cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance and body composition.

    Personal living skills: These skills serve as the foundation for becoming a productive and concerned citizen.  Personal living skills include self-reliance, social interaction and personal management.  

                    All of these objectives can be achieved through the Red Cross Learn-to-Swim and Water Safety programs.

    *Major Units Taught:

                    Basic Swim Skills: water orientation and adjustment, breath control, treading water, floating and gliding,

                    changing direction and positions, entering the water, underwater skills, surface diving.

    Stroke Development: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke.

    Water Safety

    American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuers

                    Diving: body alignment, diving from deck, springboard diving.

                    Each unit will tackle basic skills that the student will develop and use in other areas of their life.     

    *Essential Questions:

                    -Approaches to learning: How does learning swim skills and techniques necessary to lead health lifestyle.

                    -Community and service: What are some health issues that you can get involved in promoting health and

                      fitness in your community?

                    -Human ingenuity: How can you develop and evaluate new strategies for swim team play, warm-ups and


                    -Environment: Do you recognize the importance of safety within the environment and what can you do to

                      help improve this environment?

                    -Health and social education: How does this activity have an effect on the body and mind?

                    -What are some of the differences and/or similarities internationally regarding rules, skills, popularity, etc. of

                      sport and Physical Education?

                    -How can the skills learned in the activity relate to other aspects in your daily routines?

    *Text/materials Used:

                    American Red Cross water safety and swim materials.

    *Methods of Communication with Parents and Students:

    Communication with parents: Parents will be informed by e-mail, phone or a form letter mailed if the child is in jeopardy of a low grade or needs improvement to achieve the class standards. Letter must be signed by the parent and returned to us by the student. Parents may also contact their child’s teacher by e-mail.  Mr. Switalski:

    Communication with a student usually occurs on an individual basis, private and at an appropriate time.  Administration is involved if necessary.





    *Teaching and Assessment:

                    Grading Practice: All students begin each marking period with an “A+”. Class participation, preparedness,

    cooperation, effort and positive attitude will keep the A+.

                    A 5 point rubric will be used for daily evaluation:

    0              =              NO participation at all, was unprepared

    1              =              No participation, prepared but sat on the pool deck

    2              =              Limited participation/movement in the water

    -          Standing in the water, not doing anything

    -          Limited walking around in the water

    -          Got out of the water before class was over           

    3              =              Usually participated, contributed to the class at times

    -          Difficulty in getting completely wet

    -          Some participation in required pool activities

    -          Followed safety rules

    4              =              Mostly participated in class most of the time

    -          Completely wet

    -          May not have participated in all the pool activities

    -          Followed instructors directions

    -          Followed safety rules

    5              =              Always participated in class

    -          Completely wet, swam the entire class period

    -          Participated in all swim activities presented

    -          Followed all instructions

    -          Followed all safety rules

    ü  If the student was late to the attendance line from the locker room changing clothes, one (1) point will be deducted.

    ü  If the student was a discipline problem for the class period, either had to be reminded of safety procedures, be reprimanded for a behavioral problem, or had to be removed from class, the student will lose some or all of his credit for the class that day.

    ü  Students unable to participate may be assigned written work. Quizzes, student skill observation, and self-assessments will also be utilized. Rubrics will be used occasionally for skill and social development assessment.

    ü  The students must come prepared with appropriate Physical Education swimwear in order to participate in class. Appropriate swimwear consists of one-piece bathing suit for the girls and swim trunks or jammers with a tie string for the boys.  All the girls and all the boys with long hair will be required to wear a swim cap.  This will help to keep the pool clean and the filter system working properly.

    ü  Students must change clothes in the locker room, put valuables/jewelry in a locker and secure it with their own lock.

    ü  Class procedures:  Students check in with the teacher for attendance and then sit in the bleachers until instruction begins. No student will sit by the pool edge or enter the water until given permission by the instructor.          

    ü  Medical excuses must be documented by a doctor and submitted to both the school nurse and swim instructor.




    I have read the syllabus and reviewed the information with my child, _____________________________________.


    Parent Name__________________________________________________Date______________________

    Parent Signature________________________________________________________________

    Child’s Name _________________________________________________Date______________________

    Child’s Signature________________________________________________________________



    Revised 9/15