Health & Physical Education

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students in gym working out

Physical education is a vital piece of the whole school education. Study after study shows a strong correlation between physical activity and school success. The Center for Disease Control states, “…physical activity can have an impact on cognitive skills and attitudes and academic behavior, all of which are important components of improved academic performance.” Students are given the opportunity to challenge themselves both physically and mentally. Our “play” time involves games and activities that require leadership, cooperation, and the chance to take personal responsibility for behaviors. There is also the added benefit of stress reduction and improved self-worth. While continuing to develop both individual and team sports skills, we also increase the emphasis on fitness. Using the fitness center for both cardiovascular and strength training enable our students to understand, design, and implement a personal fitness program that will lead to a physically active lifestyle.

Curriculum

Lower School

Emphasizing creativity and cooperation

Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten

Students are given an introduction to the physical education environment and basic movement skills. They will participate in low organized play with individual movement challenges and small group games. Units of instruction include spatial awareness, kicking, tossing, catching, scooters, jumping and landing, tumbling, parachute activities, movement/dance, and swimming.

First and Second Grades

Students will continue to develop both locomotor and non-locomotor skills in a moving environment. They will learn rules and strategies necessary for participation in simple games with an emphasis on safety. There will be an emphasis on cooperation and conflict resolution in a group setting. Units of instruction include spatial awareness, chasing/fleeing, kicking/soccer skills, throwing/catching, ball handling, scoops, fitness games, relays, volleying, tumbling, dance, striking, and swimming.

Third and Fourth Grades

Students will continue to learn how to react and respond to others while performing a combination of movements. They will learn to manipulate objects in and through space during skill practice and game situations. While working as a group, students will learn to recognize personal differences and value the abilities of others. Units of instruction include chasing/fleeing, soccer, team handball, fitness, stick/hockey skills, volleyball, basketball, base games, dance/movement, and swimming.

Middle School

Body, mind and spirit

Fifth Grade

In addition to components of health-related fitness and sport-specific skills, students will learn to identify relationships between positions in a variety of sports. They will work to display responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and other in physical activity settings. Units of instruction include field hockey, flag football, dance, net games, fitness and fitness games, health, cooperative games, and swimming.

Sixth Grade

In addition to components of health-related fitness and sport-specific skills, students will learn to use offensive and defensive strategies to have successful performance in a variety of team sports. Students will focus on the proper shooting, passing, and receiving techniques for multiple games. Units of instruction include soccer, volleyball, floor hockey, badminton, health, swimming, team handball and other large group games.

Seventh Grade

Units of instruction include field hockey, flag football, rugby, volleyball, fitness and fitness games, health, Pilates, cooperative games, and swimming. Health topics include values, fitness prescription, body image, stress management, and nutrition.

Eighth Grade

Units of instruction include soccer, badminton, team handball, rugby, fitness and fitness games, health, and swimming. Health topics include relationships, birth control methods, sexually transmitted infections, and drugs and alcohol use/abuse.

Upper School

PE Courses

Ninth Grade PE

The physical education curriculum for 9th graders is designed to focus on personal fitness awareness and to develop team oriented skills. Students are instructed in the following units: pre and post fitness testing, lacrosse, aqua games/instructional swim, general fitness, Pilates, speedball and other large group games. Health topics include personal wellness, mental health, stress management, and nutrition. Students’ developmental success is assessed using a variety of tools. Students can expect to have their physical skills evaluated as well as their cognitive growth assessed.

Tenth Grade PE

The physical education curriculum for 10th graders is designed to develop individual and team fitness oriented skills. Students are instructed in the following units: pre and post fitness testing, aqua fitness/instructional swim, badminton, muscular strength and conditioning, cooperative games, golf, and volleyball. Health topics include gender, marriage/divorce, consent, sexually transmitted infections, and drug and alcohol use/abuse. Students’ developmental success is assessed using a variety of tools. Students can expect to have their physical skills evaluated as well as their cognitive growth assessed.

Eleventh Grade/Twelfth Grade PE

The physical education curriculum for 11th and 12th graders is designed to provide a more advanced course of study which builds upon the skills and interest of the individual student. Students participate in the following units: rollerblading, recreational games, strength and conditioning, CPR and online health issues. Students can expect to have their physical skills evaluated as well as their cognitive growth assessed.

Contact Us

Rae Asbridge

Physical Education, Physical Education Department Chair