• The Physical Education program is divided into 3 sections.  The first section is implemented in K and 1st grade.  The second section is implemented in 2nd and 3rd grade.  The final section is implemented in 4th and 5th grade.
     
     
    The students in Kindergarten and 1st grade work on 6 basic content areas:
     
    1. Spatial Awareness - the ability of the children to move through space safely.  This includes self space as well as general space.
    2. Locomotor Movements - these are different ways we move through space.  We focus on 9 locomotor movements in class (walk, jog, run, skip, hop, jump, gallop, leap, and slide).
    3. NonLocomotor Movements - these are stationary movements like bending, curling, and twisting.
    4. Manipulative Skills - these are skills that require the students to handle objects.  This would include throwing, catching, rolling, striking, kicking, volleying, and dribbling. 
    5. Rhythm and Dance -  the students incorporate movement with music.
    6. Cooperative Games - the students engage in activities that require them to work with other students in order to complete an activity or solve a challenge.
     
    The students in 2nd and 3rd grade transition from the basic content areas taught in Kindergarten and 1st grade towards a fitness based curriculum.

    1. Warm-up and Cool Down - the students learn why it is important to warm up their bodies prior to exercising and how to cool down after exercising.
    2. Eating Healthy - the students will learn that they need to balance healthy eating with exercising.  We will talk about daily exercise goals and healthy choices.
    3. Rhythm and Dance -  the students incorporate movement with music.
    4. Cooperative Games - the students engage in activities that require them to work with other students in order to complete an activity or solve a challenge.
    5. Expand on Prior Learning - the students will take skills learned in the previous years and apply those skills to larger games and activities. 
    The students in 4th and 5th grade focus on fitness.  They will learn how to incorporate the following topics into their exercise routines:
     
    1. Warm-up and Cool Down - the students learn why it is important to warm up their bodies prior to exercising and how to cool down after exercising.
    2. Pedometers - the students will learn how to use pedometers (step counters) to track how many steps they take during certain classes.  These scores are recorded in their workbooks so they can determine which activities provide them with the most movement.
    3. Eating Healthy - the students will learn that they need to balance healthy eating with exercising.  We will talk about daily exercise goals, calories, and serving sizes.
    4. Target Heart Rate - the students will learn the formula to find their target heart rates.  Throughout the year, the students will use pulse counters to determine if they are exercising within their own personal ranges.
    5. Fitness Components - the students will learn about 8 fitness components which include: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, flexibility, coordination, balance, agility, strength, and speed.
    In addition to fitness, the students will expand on the content areas learned in previous grades and apply those skills into more complex games and activities.