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Physical Education Philosophy

Moving to Learn-Learning to Move
Mr. W's Physical Education Philosophy

Why physical education? BECAUSE:
* It serves as a gateway to a lifetime of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.
* You can learn about teamwork and working together with others to achieve a common goal.
*Your brain and body benefit from vigorous physical activity.
*You can learn motor skills that will help you pursue a variety of physical activities throughout your lifetime.
*The skills you learn will not only add years to your life, but life to your years!
*Sportsmanship is a vital life skill that carries over to your adult life.
*Learning to share equipment, responsibility and opportunity is an important value that leads to success in all facets of life.
*Knowing the components of physical fitness, and how to improve them, will help you remain physically active for a lifetime.
"Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning."
Thomas Jefferson

Students in grades K-3 work on a variety of skills designed to help improve eye-hand coordination, balance, locomotor skills, physical fitness, and overall coordination
Activities presented include movement education, stations, games, obstacle courses, climbing, balance tasks, rhythms and stunts/tumbling.
The types of equipment students will use at this level include: bean bags, balance beams, nerf balls of various sizes, scoops, paddles, hoops, rings, scarves, lummi sticks, tumbling mats, balloons, parachute, scooters, and a variety of other equipment adapted to this age student.
Students in grades 4-6 receive physical education three times per week, 30 minutes each class. Students in these grades begin working in small and large groups while learning lead up games, catching, throwing and kicking skills, fitness activities, jump rope, tag games and cooperative activities.
Physical fitness testing is incorporated at this level, and include the five health related components of fitness: flexibility, aerobic capacity, stomach muscle strength and endurance, upper body strength and body mass.
The primary goal of physical education at this level is to provide experiences that improve fitness levels, and for students to learn skills that enable them to be successful at being physically active for a lifetime.

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