Physical Education

This course is offered to students in grades Preschool-8 and focuses on personal health with emphasis on health-related fitness. Students will work on exercise, cardiovascular, body composition, endurance, flexibility, and strength. Students engage in fitness activities based on their fitness level. A variety of fitness, skills, individual, team, and field activities will promote the development of lifetime fitness leisure skills.

The aim of the physical education program at Thaddeus Stevens School is to develop and improve students’ personal fitness and motor skills by providing developmentally appropriate activities through purposeful, creative, and enjoyable instruction. By incorporating challenging yet achievable tasks, the students will attain positive attitudes about physical activity and movement.

Preschool-Fourth

The focus will be your child’s locomotor movement. We work on the foundations of human movement such as walking, running, skipping, jumping, galloping, leaping and sliding. We also work on the manipulative skills and personal behaviors. Finally, fitness levels will be will be monitored and assessed throughout the school year.

Fifth-Eighth

The focus of the upper level grades is agility, strength, cardiovascular health, and flexibility. We continue to work on the foundations of human movement, such as walking or running. Finally, we work on health, nutrition, the human structure, and exercise, with the goal of teaching students how to incorporate these important topics in to their daily lives.

Expectations

Every child is expected to participate to the best of their ability each day they attend class. There are days however, when illness or injury may inhibit your child’s ability to participate.

Activities are taught to allow students the opportunity to work together to improve their emerging social and cooperation skills, as well as positive self-concept.

Students are taught exercises that keep the body in proper alignment, thereby allowing the muscles to lengthen without placing stress and strain on the surrounding joints, ligaments, and tendons.

Daily Exercise

All grades walk four laps (one mile) around the L.I. track daily.

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