The instructor for Physical Education is Curtis Evans
Grades N-PS-K-1 Physical Education
Jean Piaget believed that children learn as they play; and that the constant opportunity to ‘play in a learning environment’ has a deep and positive influence on childhood development. We will learn as we play in these grades; exploring especially our physical capabilities and limitations, and how we physically adapt to the world around us!
Spatial orientation, an awareness of how we ‘fit’ into wide open field space as well as confining enclosed space will be a part of all activities. Our own coordination, and how we move, both efficiently and otherwise will also be stressed. Understanding our limitations with equipment and ‘modalities’ that we may use (such as playground equipment) will develop proper safety skills. Knowing how to use equipment and interact in a group will enhance safety as well as social skills. Certainly understanding and learning to follow directions in learning skills and games – will insure safety and social development! Thus, as these young ‘early learners’ become more and more physically capable, coordinated and aware; they will gain a positive and healthy perspective on living a physical life!
• We will use ball skills in open spaces on our ‘mini’ field to start learning about spatial orientation
• We will observe and insure safety on the playground, and use the playground as another teaching tool.
• We will use name games (red rover).
• Relays will be taught as a means of coordinating effort, and therefore socialization.
• Winter will be a period of indoor ‘fun’ to include:
o Movement to music.
o Hula hoops
o Tumbling/gymnastics (to the extent that equipment allows).
o Ball skills.
• ‘Duck,Duck,Goose’ is not dead – it is alive and well among the many games we will play as we will go back outside to celebrate the Spring.
• Simple lead up games, as well as a continued awareness of our outdoor facility will bring us into and through the Spring.
This is to be an ‘experiential’ course, full of activity, discovery of self and others, and the space around us! It therefore will have a positive and flexible grading scale, based on each individual succeeding to his or her potential.
Grades 2-6 Physical Education
Throughout the course of a year, locomotor skills, and strength and fitness is emphasized in all activities. Lead up games to more formal sports units will be the progression; while essentials of movement and coordination will be stressed. Above all – fun in movement will be a guideline – hoping to inculcate values that will last a lifetime.
In all grades at this level, the following units will be offered as a teaching basis – from which one can digress as needed!
• President’s Council, or a simple testing ‘benchmark’.
• Lead up games, such as ‘speedball’ as ‘games ‘units.
• Soccer as an introduction. ‘The world’s oldest/simplest sport’.
• Movement exploration where applicable.
• ‘New games’ at grade appropriate level.
• Ball skills on all ‘levels’ of play, whether low (ground-footwork), or high (air ball-hand-eye) level.
• Developing an indoor program around the small gym – dodge ball, volleyball, tumbling/gymnastics, etc.
Living a physical lifestyle; as well as the social benefits of the class will b stressed whenever applicable. These opportunities will strengthen the effect of the course, especially in the older grades. Socialization is a natural occurrence in the P.E. curriculum.
We will work with our students ‘as they are’ ie: without any requirement for different dress or change of clothing. Yet it is expected that proper footwear will become the norm for this class; and appropriate clothing for exercise is in order.
Grading will be based primarily on participation and positive attitude – ‘are we having fun’? And can we respect other’s preferences, while anticipating our own preferred areas of activity! This will be a very flexible system, intended to support positive effort, and encourage a lifetime of physical activity.
HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION
This is a course that focuses on fitness, social skills, and the experience of a wide variety of sport and lifetime fitness. We will work from an experiential perspective, trying to involve every student in the benefits of physical activity.
Course of Offerings:
Fall: Speedball, Handball, Soccer, Flag football,
Frisbee, Walk/Jog aerobic fitness.
Winter: Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Floor hockey, Tumbling aerobics.
Spring: Frisbee, Lacrosse, Softball, Four Square & Outdoor, 3on3 Basketball, Walk/Jog/Testing.
We will be very active, and lots of different units of as much variety as possible will be covered. Expect to exercise a lot, break a sweat, and learn what you are capable of doing physically and socially. Expect to work with and through your limitations. Think about gaining a new perspective on a healthy, active lifestyle.
What to bring to class:
Be willing to participate; and by becoming active in the physical aspect, be prepared to ‘work –out’! Be prepared to dress appropriately for physical activity, so bring the right clothing to the class! Along with this, bring yourself, and an attitude to participate!
1). Participation – Are you actively involved in the class activity?
2). Skill- A measure of physical ability in each unit.
3) Attendance – Are you there consistently?
4) Attire – Are you dressing appropriately?
5) Attitude – Are you giving this a chance?