The elementary physical education program is rooted in the department philosophy that movement and play, as fundamental human behaviors, fulfill a unique and necessary role in the growth and development of children. The strength of the program lies in an emphasis on fundamental movement skills developed initially through exploration and guided discovery. The recognition and practice of patterns and skill combinations leads to the proficiency required for the performance of complex tasks and the application to game situations.
An emphasis is placed on cultivating a learning environment embedded with the values of sportsmanship, fair play, self-improvement, and respect. A meaningful experience, accompanied by some measure of accomplishment, has the potential to enhance the development of a child’s self-image and enrich his/her interpersonal relationships.
Students continue to build their foundation of movement skills as they progress through the upper grades. Students not only work on refining some of their manipulative skills (throwing, catching, kicking, punting, dribbling), non-manipulative skills (balancing, transferring weight, jumping and landing), and locomotor movements (running, galloping, skipping, chasing, but an increased emphasis on fitness and more in-depth unit becomes the focus. Students participate in various fitness testing to measure their endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. Students learn the fundamentals of various games and activities and apply that knowledge to small-sided gameplay. Teamwork and cooperation continue to be a major point of emphasis as students work together in various team activities such as playground games, soccer, ultimate frisbee, football, tennis, volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, gymnastics & movement, baseball, etc.
Don't forget to join us at the end of the year to celebrate physical activity at our annual Field Day!