Physical Education

Nursery school through Pre-Kindergarten

 

The nursery through pre-kindergarten physical education curricula focus on encouraging our young learners to be active and develop positive attitudes toward athletic activity. Weekly classes include games, songs, and activities designed to promote the development of basic gross motor skills. In addition to directed activities, each class includes a “free play” portion, during which
equipment such as balls, hoops, and ribbon wands are made available for student use.

 

Kindergarten through Second Grade

 

In kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, physical education classes focus on the development of good sportsmanship, fair play, and positive self-image. 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.

 

Third and fourth grade

 

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 the third and fourth-grade years, 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. The physical education teacher encourages good citizenship and the development of a positive self-image.

 

Middle School

 

The middle school curriculum further develops students’ education in and enjoyment of team sports. Middle school students continue playing the sports they’ve learned in previous years, like basketball, baseball, lacrosse, football, soccer, and floor hockey. They build on their knowledge of game fundamentals, team strategy, skill development, and rule analysis. Students are motivated to participate fully and confidently. They are celebrated for the skills they bring to their team. In all aspects of the middle school sports curriculum, interpersonal communication, a healthy competitive spirit, and sportsmanship are promoted. For students who engage in interscholastic athletics coaches balance competing to win with ensuring all members of the team have an opportunity to play.