We believe the purpose of the physical education program is to encourage children to develop a positive attitude about themselves and physical activity so that they choose to be physically active throughout their lives. Children need a variety of movement experiences to develop a healthy mind and body that is capable of learning. The involvement of young children in daily physical activity during school hours is critical for their current and future health.
Parent Information: Students in Grades K - 5 have physical education once a week for forty-five minutes. Preschool has twenty minutes of physical education per week. Please remind your child to wear sneakers on PE day! Thank you.
Teach developmentally appropriate physical education lessons
Build each child's self-esteem
Differentiate lessons so each child can be successful
Make physical education a fun, positive learning experience
Instill positive social behaviors
Make each lesson safe, physically and emotionally
Make connections to every day life through the lessons we teach
Teach children the importance of living a healthy lifestyle
HOW AND WHY PHYSICAL EDUCATION IMPACTS LEARNING
- Movement is still young children's preferred mode of learning (Pica)
- Children are active, concrete, experiential learners who acquire information and knowledge with all their senses.
- The integration of body systems allows for optimal learning to take place.
- Lessons that are physically experienced have a more immediate and longer lasting impact.
- Reading requires eye muscle strength. Tracking a ball and navigating the environment in physical education class strengthen eye muscles necessary for reading.
Physical Education Impacts Learning
- 10% of what we read
- 20% of what we hear
- 30% of what we see
- 50% of what we both see and hear
- 70% of what we hear, see, and say
- 80% of what we experience personally
- 90% of what we teach to someone else
What I hear, I forget. What I see I remember. What I do I know.
"Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong." [JFK}
The Greeks knew it thousands of years ago; the spirit, the mind, and the body are all connected.
STATE AND NATIONAL PHYSICAL EDUCATION OUTCOMES
- Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
- Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.
- Participates regularly in physical activity.
- Incorporate fitness and wellness concepts to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
- Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
- Choose physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction to sustain a physical active lifestyle.
Physical Education is more than just playing games. Students learn in each and every class. We learn to move and move to learn. Following is a list of what students learn in P.E. Lines that being with an * directly relate to academic learning
Travel using fundamental locomotor movements. Run, jump, hop, skip, gallop, leap, slide, gravevine
Use non-locomotor movements. Bend, twist, stretch, sawy swing
Apply locomotor and non-locomotor movements in physical activities
Move safely while avoiding others and practice stopping in a balanced position on signal
Learn what personal space is
Identify different body parts using beanbags and carpet squares and understand the relationship to the object and our body
Practice static and dynamic balances: Maintain balance while traveling on obstacles; Use different bases of support to balance; Understand principles and concepts of balancing different objects
Make shapes with our body, round, wide, narrow, twisted, symmetrical, and unsymmetrical
Use our imagination to practice faking and dodging ie., move around the gym and when you hear the drum beat jump back as if scared by a ghost
Travel at high, medium, and low levels
*Learn about force: We make body shapes that illustrate strong and light force. Travel with strong and light movements. Use levers to produce force. Explore force on different objetcts.
*Learn about time: We practice moving our bodies slow and fast ie., slowly melt like the wicked witch, pretend you are a lion stalking its prey and pounce.
*Travel in different partner relationships: side by side, leader/follower, face to face
*Travel along different pathways and patterns; curved, straight, and zigzag
Sing a song that teaches the names of our muscles
Sing a song that teaches the names of the bones in our body; tarsal, tibia, fibula, patella, femur, pelvis, ribs and sternum, carpal, ulna, radius, and humerus, hey my cranium
Volley and strike balloons and other objects with our hands and paddles; learn where to strike a ball so it travels up and forward
Learn what part of our hands to use to dribble a ball
Practice juggling with scarves
Move rhythmically to music. Learn the following dances: Purple People Eater, Wooly Bully, Laraspa