Physical Education in the Lower School focuses on the development of skills used for fitness and sports. We want students to attain a level of physical literacy that will allow them to understand the importance of being fit for life. Students need to wear sneakers to participate, and should wear sneakers everyday for lunch time play also. You can pack sneakers in backpacks or leave a pair at school.
Students at Work
The Physical Education time is not recess or free play. I am expecting students to learn whatever skills and concepts I am teaching. At this time Kindergarten students are working onJumping patterns, including learning to jump rope.Soon they will begin learning basketball skills. First graders are remembering their Basketball skills in preparation for a little structured Team play. Of course, we will keep revisiting skills already learned; Locomotor, throwing, catching, ...
Kindergarten Workout Wednesday!
Every Wednesday is a Work Out day at Lunch time. Students are encouraged to do the Workout at home with family or friends. We count to 8 for each of the following exercises: Squats, plank(arms on the floor; hold your body up), arm circles, run in place, chase the rabbits, tripod (one hand behind your back; then switch hands), inchworm( reach for toes and walk hands out and back; feet don't move), chest busters(jump with knees coming up to chest), jumping jacks(open and close feet), belly stretch(lay with belly on floor; stretch to lift arms and legs off the floor; then swimming in place). We end our workout time by dancing. Dancing helps us stay fit too.
Grades in Class
Students are graded on how well they perform the skills taught in class. Scores range from 1-4. "4" is the highest score a student can get.
1= Trying to get started...What should you do first?
2=Almost got it!...You can do some parts of the skill. What's next?
3= You Got It!; You know how to do this. How can you get super good at it?
4= Wow!; You are Super good at this. Skill is performed at a level above average. What other ways can you do it?