The Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten physical education curriculum focuses on encouraging our young learners to be active and develop positive attitudes towards athletic activity. The weekly class includes simple games, sing-along activities, and emphasis on developing basic gross motor skills. In addition to planned activity, each class includes a free play portion, during which equipment such as balls, hoops, and ribbon wands are provided.
In Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade, physical education classes focus on developing good sportsmanship, fair play, and positive self image in our student athletes. Starting in kindergarten, students engage in tagging games, ball games, and other simple, cooperative activities. Through these games, kindergartners develop crucial locomotor skills (skipping, hopping, jumping) and manipulative skills (throwing, catching, kicking). In first grade, students master locomotor fundamentals like leaping, galloping, dodging, and changing directions, and manipulative skills like dribbling, jumping rope, batting, and balancing. By their second grade year, students exhibit refined motor skills and greater endurance for physical activity. Second graders also learn more complex sports, such as floor hockey, tumbling, and dancing. First and second grade classroom teachers teach Health classes in coordination with the school nurse.
What does it take to play on a team? Third and fourth grade students grow as athletes and classmates by participating in team sports. Over the course of third and fourth grades, students learn the skills and game rules for soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, and lacrosse. They learn what it takes to play on a team: sportsmanship, turn-taking, confident participation, and leadership. Students further develop their fine and gross motor skills by engaging in aerobics, gymnastics, and track activities. In all activities, the Physical Education teacher encourages good citizenship and the development of positive self-image. Third and fourth grade students begin their Health curriculum by studying healthy lifestyle choices, self-esteem, bodily safety, different types of families, and conflict resolution in family life and friendships.
The Middle School curriculum further develops students’ education and enjoyment in team sports. Middle school students continue playing the sports they’ve learned in previous years, like basketball, baseball, lacrosse, football, soccer, and floor hockey. In the process, they build on their knowledge of game fundamentals, team strategy, skill development and rule interpretation. As in all grades, students are motivated to participate fully and confidently, and they are celebrated for the unique skills they bring to their team. Some middle school students choose to serve as safeties, helping younger children out of cars and into the Schoolhouse. The safety program further develops students’ leadership skills and responsibility to their community. In Health class, fifth through eighth graders learn about stress management, health and hygiene, positive self-image, drug safety, and family life. In all areas, the middle school Sports curriculum focuses on fostering students’ positive self-image, interpersonal communication, and confidence in pursuing sports in high school and beyond.