Physical Education

Physical Education at the Lower School level promotes the mental, physical, social, and emotional growth of each child. Students work with physical education teachers to develop gross motor skills. Concepts of fitness, sportsmanship, and individual growth are central to the philosophy of the program. Students learn to take risks and appreciate individual differences in an environment of mutual respect, personal challenge, and fun.

Physical Education - Early Childhood

The major goals for early childhood students in Physical Education are to:

  • identify physical changes that occur during vigorous activity
  • perform appropriate warm-up activities
  • engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity
  • learn basic elements of movement
  • move with an awareness of space and others' safety
  • develop locomotor skills (e.g., running, jumping, galloping)
  • build non-locomotor skills (e.g., bending, stretching, rolling)
  • improve form with sports equipment (e.g., balls, bean bags, paddles)
  • identify the rules of a given activity
  • demonstrate the ability to cooperate with peers
  • use equipment responsibly

Physical Education - Kindergarten & Grade 1

The major goals for kindergarten and first grade students in Physical Education are to:

  • identify physical changes that occur during vigorous activity
  • perform appropriate warm-up activities
  • engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity
  • study and practice basic elements of movement including space, shape, force, and rhythm
  • move with an awareness of space and others' safety
  • develop locomotor skills (e.g., running, jumping, skipping)
  • build non-locomotor skills (e.g., bending, stretching, rolling)
  • improve form with sports equipment (e.g., balls, bean bags, paddles)
  • identify the rules of a given activity
  • demonstrate the ability to cooperate with peers
  • use equipment responsibly

Physical Education - Grades 2-3

The major goals for second and third grade students in Physical Education are to:

  • perform appropriate warm-up activities
  • engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity
  • move with an awareness of space and others' safety
  • distinguish between warm-up movements, strength-building, and aerobic exercises
  • identify the positive effects of regular exercise
  • develop mature form in locomotor skills (e.g., running, jumping, sliding) and non-locomotor skills (e.g., bending, stretching, dodging, climbing)
  • demonstrate increasingly mature form with sports equipment (e.g., balls, bats, scooters)
  • demonstrate increasingly complex combinations of motor patterns
  • adapt skills to demands of game or environment
  • demonstrate the ability to cooperate with peers
  • use appropriate communication skills in activities to enhance group cooperation and effort
  • use equipment responsibly

Physical Education - Grades 4-5

Physical Education at the Lower School level promotes the mental, physical, social, and emotional growth of each child. Students work with physical education teachers to develop gross motor skills. Concepts of fitness, sportsmanship, and individual growth are central to the philosophy of the program. Students learn to take risks and appreciate individual differences in an environment of mutual respect, personal challenge, and fun. The following are goals of the Lower School Physical Education program.

The major goals for fourth and fifth grade students in Physical Education are to:

  • perform appropriate warm-up activities
  • engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity
  • move with an awareness of space and others' safety
  • distinguish between warm-up movements, strength-building, and aerobic exercises
  • demonstrate specific exercises and understand how each supports specific fitness goals
  • identify the positive effects of regular exercise
  • develop mature form in locomotor skills (e.g., running, jumping, sliding) and non-locomotor skills (e.g., bending, stretching, dodging, climbing)
  • demonstrate increasingly mature form with sports equipment (e.g., balls, bats, racquets)
  • demonstrate increasingly complex combinations of motor patterns
  • combine movement skills in applied settings
  • adapt skills to demands of game or environment
  • demonstrate the ability to cooperate with peers
  • use appropriate communication skills in activities to enhance group cooperation and effort
  • use equipment responsibly
  • assess own performance

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