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Physical Education


P.E. Curriculum Description

Pre-Kindergarten– Pre-Kindergarten P.E. curriculum includes both 3 and 4 year old students. The students receive an introduction to all basic simple team sports. Students work to advance their basic motor skills to be able gross and fine motor skills. Basic stretching is also introduced to begin to stretch core muscles. Students do activities such as use riding toys, use the parachutes, use hoola hoops and use their imagination to take an imaginary trip to the zoo along with all other basic sports

Kindergarten- Kindergarten students build on the foundation from pre-school and begin to learn basic athletic skills such as catching a ball and kicking a ball from a stationary position.  They learn very simple rules such as kicking the ball in soccer and dribbling a ball in basketball. They also learn how to take oral instructions and apply that into physical movements.  To demonstrate the application of those skills, students will play games such as follow the leader. Students in 1st grade also begin to build up cardiovascular strength to prepare them for fitness testing that begins in first grade.

1st Grade- Students in first grade play adapted versions of more advanced sports such as football, badminton and hockey.  First grade is a key transitional year for all students to take the basic skills and apply them to more athletic games. Students in first grade begin fitness testing which begins to examine their physical improvement throughout the year.

2nd Grade-Second Grade students take a very large step in the physical education curriculum.  Second grade must demonstrate improvement based on their 1st grade fitness test scores. The fitness tests help to measure the student’s physical abilities and demonstrate over time if they are improving through 8th grade.  The fitness tests measure the student’s level of cardiovascular strength, muscular endurance, muscular strength, muscular flexibility, muscular agility, muscular quickness, and muscular explosion.

3rd Grade- Third grade students begin to play full versions of all sports.  Third grade students begin full versions of games such as football, volleyball and hockey.  Third grade students must improve on their personal fitness testing scores from second grade in the areas of cardiovascular strength, muscular endurance, muscular strength, muscular flexibility, muscular agility, muscular quickness, and muscular explosion.

4th Grade- Fourth grade students must demonstrate the ability to use proper technique in simple skills such as throwing and catching a ball, kicking a ball, and catching a ball on the run.  Fourth grade also moves into very advanced activities such as yoga, dance and gymnastics. Students must also improve on their fitness testing scores from third grade.

5th Grade- Fifth grade students must be able to apply the basic skills they learned in fourth grade such as catching a ball on the run, into more advanced games such as flag football. Fifth grade students must show advanced motor skills and be able to apply them into activities such as rope climbing, ball sports, and cardiovascular activities. Finally, fifth grade students must improve on their fitness testing skills from fourth grade.

6th Grade- Sixth grade students must understand the basics of different games such as lay-ups in basketball, throwing a football, and kicking a soccer ball. Mastery of proper technique of these skills is part of the 6th grade curriculum.  The mastery of these skills is demonstrated in the playing of each game.  Also, a basic understanding of all game rules and regulations should be mastered. All sixth grade students should improve on their fitness testing scores from fifth grade.

7th Grade- Seventh grade students must demonstrate an understanding of all game rules and scoring patterns.  Seventh grade students should have a basic level of flexibility and coordination in all core muscles that allows them to play all team sports and also more advanced levels of rope climbing, gymnastics, dance and yoga.  Seventh grade students must also improve on their fitness scores from sixth grade. Finally, 7th graders must work on a health curriculum that discusses different parts of the body and how each one of them works.

8th Grade- Eighth grade students have very minimal basic skill work and more time in advanced athletic games and physical activities.   Students must have the highest level of fitness testing scores.  Students must be able to do activities such as dancing with a partner. Eighth grade students must have a mastery of all sporting game rules and regulations. Finally, 8th graders look at sports in reference to the outside world and understand how to live a healthy everyday lifestyle.