LS PE Curriculum
From body management skills and locomotor skills, to health-fitness concepts and object movement.
Students utilize activities such as throw/catch, hoops, kicking skills, racquet skills, games/parachute, football, floor hockey, basketball, tumbling team, dodge/throw, handball, baseball/striking, frisbee, soccer, scoopball, dance, jump rope for heart and field day.
The Physical Education program at Friends Academy builds a lifelong appreciation of the connection between fitness and a wholesome lifestyle. Students enjoy a broad and diverse physical education curriculum that includes skill development, games and traditional sports as well as non-western activities such as African dance and yoga.
Please click here for a curriculum overview.
Kindergarten - Second Grade curriculum includes:
- Body management skills - stationary & moving balance, agility
- Locomotor skills - run, hop, skip, jump, gallop
- Health-fitness concepts - cardio-respiratory endurance, strength, flexibility
- Object movement - kicking, dribbling, throw, catch, striking, roll
- Activities - Throw/catch, hoops, kicking skills, racquet skills, games/parachute, football, floor hockey, basketball, tumbling team, dodge/throw, handball, baseball/striking, frisbee, soccer, scoopball, dance, jump rope for heart, field day.
Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade curriculum includes:
Fitnessgram assessment, volleyball, field hockey, dance, flag football, team handball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, ultimate frisbee, speedball, track & field, floor hockey, softball, basketball, badminton, self-defense, field day.
The month of May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month sponsored by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and the Society of Health and Physical Educators. http://www.letsmove.gov/get-active
The theme, “Let’s Move In School,” was chosen to help promote the government’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and reinforce the recommendations that:
“School-age youths should participate daily in 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity that is developmentally appropriate, enjoyable, and involves a variety of activities”.
In addition to the normal curriculum activities that reinforce the development of motor skills and the value of physical activity related to health and fitness, our 1 st -5 th classes will be involved in a four week endeavor to compile and track minutes of activity that they are involved in outside of school hours. Our goal for the next four weeks will be 87,360 minutes of activity OUTSIDE OF CLASS TIME, which breaks down to 140 minutes of activity per child per week, outside of school.
Each week your child will be given a "Trip Ticket" where they can record the number of minutes of activity each day. Some days they may have more or less and some days they may not have any additional minutes, and that's fine; the objective is to reinforce the concept of "carry-over" into their home lives. We also strongly encourage you to take part in these activities with your children in any fitness and/or physical activity you may choose (bike riding, playing catch, walking, jogging, swimming, yoga, dance, frisbee, youth sport leagues, etc.). You can also access the FA physical education webpage and click "101 Tips for Family Fitness Fun" for more ideas, as well as a blank Trip Ticket. We ask that you sign their log and have them return it each Monday. We will total the minutes and track them on the physical education bulletin board in the fieldhouse.
Quality physical education is the cornerstone in developing an active lifestyle and to develop the skill that will allow them to do so. However it is also important to find more opportunities for children to be physically active throughout the entire day. Maintaining healthy bodies is not only vital for physical well-being, but for mental and emotional development as well. We hope this helps reinforce this idea within your children.
Thank you in advance, for supporting this initiative and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Physical Education dept. at 393-4224.
Physical Education Staff:
Christine Botti, Dave Barth, Gail Baker, Amanda Haughney, Patrick Maguire, Mike Damm, Alan Quackenbush