Elementary Physical Education
The Physical Education program considers age ability levels to allow for the participation by all in structured classes. The Pre-K classes meet twice weekly. The Elementary classes meet three times weekly.
The development of major motor skills, specific team and individual sport skills, the ability to follow group instructions and sportsmanship are emphasized as goals. Recognition and consideration of cultural differences in sports and games, language abilities, and personal physical development allows for the inclusion of all students.
Specific skills at all levels include the following: ability to identify specific muscle groups and understand their purpose and range of movement, refinement of coordination of motor skills, i.e. running at various speeds, weaving, hopping, jumping (down, up, over, and usage of jumping rope), skipping, throwing various shapes (variety of balls, frisbee, sticks, beanbags, medicine balls etc.), catching/hand eye skills, and simple stunts and tumbling routines.
Music is included inside units of instruction targeting aerobics and games in order to expose the students to the natural feeling of fun brought out by the combination of rhythms and physical movement. The usage of English verbs in describing movement and cooperation as well as the counting, clocking and recording of class statistics which are specifically related to skills and sports support the development of language skills for young students.
Students are also introduced to the fundamentals of several sports, including volleyball, basketball, badminton, soccer, t-ball and softball.