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Physical Education Program

The Discovery School strongly believes that physical education plays a vital role in educating the student as a whole. It contributes directly to the development of athletic ability and fitness. It also supports all students in making informed choices and understanding the importance of leading an active lifestyle. The benefits of physical education can affect both academic learning and overall well-being.  A healthy and active student is more likely to be academically motivated and successful. As children grow older, being engaged in physical activity can enhance the development of a positive self-image as well as the ability to pursue social and emotional challenges. Throughout the years, quality physical education can promote social, cooperative, and problem solving competencies. The Discovery School strives to maintain an elite physical education program which stays up to date with education’s best practices. Our curriculum aligns with the National PE Standards, which promote the development of motor skills, active living, and understanding of concepts that foster positive interactions and lifelong healthy lifestyles.  

Program Overview

At Discovery, Primary students receive Physical Education instruction once a week for 45 minutes. The Lower Elementary students receive 90 minutes of instruction, spread over 3 days weekly and the Upper Elementary students receive 60 minutes of instruction, spread over 2 days weekly. Once a week for Primary students, Fitness and Character Education (FACE) is focused on functional fitness and uses monthly themes to develop specific skills. Monthly themes include juggling, martial arts, jump roping, balance, agility drills, strength and conditioning exercises. Character education is taught through the values of respect, leadership, and responsibility in relationship to team and individual fitness. Students build up their self esteem and confidence when completing new activities or levels of coordination. Twice a week, Lower and Upper Elementary Students engage in team sports and conditioning. Team sports include soccer, basketball, football, and track. Students also participate in conditioning, plyometrics, and strength activities promote increased muscle development and mental toughness.

 

Quality instruction by the teacher allows children to develop fundamental motor patterns. These motor skill foundations established enhance children’s social, cognitive, and physical development and increase the likelihood of continued interest and participation in physical activity throughout the years. Students are also taught how to be “smart” when engaging in physical activities; to know their limits and to take care of their bodies. All instruction falls under one of the five instructional themes.


Instructional Themes

Movement

The movement framework is a vital part of the core content for Primary and Lower Elementary students and is the basis for developing, expanding, and refining children’s range of motor skills and awareness.  By Upper Elementary, students are ready to experience a wide variety of applications of fundamental movements which are learned through various collaborative games in addition to traditional sports.


Fitness

Fitness is an important aspect of the curriculum. Students work on a variety of fitness skills along with principles and concepts on a weekly basis. As students progress and improve, their development becomes more systematic. Students are challenged with specific fitness tasks, goal setting, and assessing of personal fitness levels.  


Throwing, Catching, and Striking

Developing the basic and complex principles of throwing and catching are vital skills for students to understand. Children become aware of how these skills require varying amounts of energy that cause physical changes to the body. Students learn that being able to throw and catch effectively is essential in order to play many team games. Children develop their throwing and catching through a multitude of games and team sports. Striking is an essential element of many games and activities. Students develop the skills of striking and explore its use in different forms in many games. They learn that the basic body actions of striking remain consistent as the skill is adapted to suit a range of activities. Students demonstrate control in performing a strike in a range of modified games.  


Personal and Social Growth

The intent of the physical education program is to prepare students to maintain intrinsically active lifestyles which allows children to engage in enjoyable, meaningful leisure-time pursuits.  Students will develop leadership qualities and understanding about how to balance rights, roles, and responsibilities in various individual and team situations.


Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness

Children will understand the positive contribution that regular exercise makes to the physical and mental health of their own well-being.  Students learn how to bring healthy changes for both themselves and their community. All students develop an understanding for mental wellness, personal health, and safety, in addition to the importance of nutritional needs.


 

Learner Outcomes

  • develop of basic motor skills and the body’s capacity for movement through locomotor and manipulative skills and/or experiences

  • understand techniques, rules, and purpose of a range of athletic activities

  • recognize practice and repetition create achievement while focus helps to improve a performance

  • recognize that movements can be linked together and refined to create a sequence of aesthetic movements

  • understand that movements can be in response to stimuli or performance

  • recognize the challenges presented by games

  • understand the importance of manipulating space

  • categorize games

  • identify and develop appropriate skills and strategies

  • recognize the importance of rules and how they define the nature of a game

  • modify existing games and create new games

  • demonstrate teamwork

  • engage in variety of tasks requiring the use of physical and critical-thinking skills by individuals and/or groups

  • work collaboratively with a group in order to solve problems and accomplish a common goal

  • recognize the role of the individual in group problem solving

  • recognize and appreciate the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle

  • understand the body’s response to exercise including the interaction of body systems and the development of physical fitness


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