Physical Education in the Lower School aims to help students understand and apply the fundamental skills and knowledge they need to begin leading a healthy lifestyle. The students begin their introductory lessons in the five components of physical fitness: cardiovascular health, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, and body composition. During these developmental years, students learn the body systems and their functions as well as basic nutrition information that will lead them to make informed choices regarding their own health. Students also engage in basic movement and motor skills in the younger ages and progress their performance of these skills as they matriculate into the later grades of the lower school. Through various types of play where students learn their individual roles as well as ways to collaborate with their peers, students will gain knowledge to create a healthy lifestyle.
Physical Education in the Middle School builds on the lessons learned in the Lower School, taking students from fundamental skills and knowledge of the five components (cardiovascular health, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, and body composition) of physical fitness to a deeper understanding of those components. Students will gain exposure to a variety of sports and physical games where they will have to demonstrate complex motor skills and movements that build on their fundamental skills. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation for various sports and activities so they can assess their own performances. During their physical education instruction, students will create SMART goals that are specific toward their development in physical fitness, encouraging them to implement physical activity into their daily lives. Through journaling and logs, as well as reflections about their entries, students will begin to form a basic understanding of how their physical fitness is affected by their nutrition. Nutrition, physical fitness, and hygiene are all elements of instruction in the middle school that will enable the students to understand the impact they have on their healthy lifestyles.
The High School Physical Education experience provides students with the opportunity to use the knowledge they gain from classes to implement routines that will help their personal development. Students will establish goals and plans to help reach them in a timely manner. Through individual and group elements, they will learn and appreciate the importance of collaboration and healthy competition (when appropriate). Though there are various electives students can take regarding physical education in the High School, the purpose of the courses is to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the five components of physical fitness (cardiovascular health, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, and body composition) and how their activities and sports are affected by external factors such as nutrition, injury, stress, and more. Students will develop a deeper understanding of their body systems and the importance of emotional, physical, and metal wellness.
The types of assessments parents and students can expect from the physical education courses reflect the standards that drive instruction. As such, there will be various formats to the assessments that your children will take. Based on the grade level and the appropriateness of the assessment format, you can expect any or all of the following types of assessments throughout the school year:
- Demonstration of skill
- Procedural tests and quizzes
- Vocabulary assessments
- Activity logs
- Presentations and Interactive Games
- Visual aids – posters, PowerPoint, diagrams, etc.
- Written reflections
- Written and verbal task analysis
- Group projects
- Teacher Observations
- Visible Thinking Activities
Each of the assessments that students will complete will be as authentic as possible so that the students understand the real-life application of the task. The assessments will be both formative and summative in nature. Students will be made aware of summative assessments in advance as well as what standards will be assessed.