Physical Education

Overview

Physical Education

Department Philosophy & Goals

Healthy bodies are necessary for the development of the whole child, so Physical Education is a highly valued and integral part of a Country Day education. In our daily PE classes every child has the opportunity for maximum development in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Our Movement Education curriculum teaches children how to master the intricate balance of strength, flexibility, speed, strategy, and sportsmanship and good character that enhance a person’s life and make participation in sports and other physical pursuits fun and satisfying.  Activities are designed to challenge each individual’s abilities and provide a positive and secure atmosphere for learning.

All levels participate in an interdisciplinary program between classroom and physical education (i.e. physical education includes economics, math, science, foreign language, arts, history, etc., in daily teaching).

The overall goal of our program is to help individuals achieve optimum growth and development. Movement Education and Physical Education teachers are full partners in your child’s total education program.

In addition to our scheduled curriculum, we will be including special events throughout the year. These include Mile Club, Aquatics Day, and Sportsmanship Month. It is our belief that supplementing our curriculum with special events helps raise our Physical Education program above all others.

General information

High School PE Program

Vision

Each student will:

  • Demonstrate competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms.
  • Apply movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills.
  • Exhibit a physically active lifestyle.
  • Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  • Demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings.
  • Demonstrate understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity settings.
  • Understand that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

Goals and Disciplines

  • Movement Skills and Movement Knowledge
  • Motor Learning
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology and Health-related Physical Fitness
  • Self-Image and Personal Development Human Growth and Development
  • Psychology
  • Aesthetics
  • Social Development
  • Sociology
  • Historical Perspectives

Guidelines

9th – Developing a Personalized Fitness Program for a Healthy Lifestyle
10th – Analyzing Skills for Effective Movement
11th & 12th – Selecting Activities for the Pursuit of Individual Excellence

General information

Middle School PE Program

Vision

Each student will:

  • Demonstrate competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms.
  • Apply movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills.
  • Exhibit a physically active lifestyle.
  • Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  • Demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings.
  • Demonstrate understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity settings.
  • Understand that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

Goals and Disciplines

  • Movement Skills and Movement Knowledge
  • Motor Learning
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology and Health-related Physical Fitness
  • Self-Image and Personal Development Human Growth and Development
  • Psychology
  • Aesthetics
  • Social Development
  • Sociology
  • Historical Perspectives

Guidelines

6th – Working Cooperatively to Achieve a Common Goal
7th – Meeting Challenges and Making Decisions
8th – Working as a Team to Solve Problems

General information

Lower School PE Program

Vision

The quality and productivity of each individual’s life is enhanced through participation in a comprehensive, sequentially-planned, physical education program that promotes through movement the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of every individual in the pursuit of lifelong health.

It is a fact that healthy children learn better. Therefore, good health is basic to education, and physical education is basic to good health.

Goals and Disciplines

  1. Movement Skills and Movement Knowledge
  2. Self-Image, Self-Esteem, and Self-Realization

Motor Learning, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Human Growth and Development, Humanities, Sociology

Guidelines

  • Pre-Kindergarten – Children move in their environment. Solo learners. They explore locomotor and non-locomotor movement.
  • Grade 1 – Children move through space and time. Direction and speed.
  • Grade 2 – Children choose partners and move in space together. They explore movement patterns with a partner. Relations to other people, shapes, group, and group shape.
  • Grade 3 – Students create patterns that demonstrate continuity and change in movement. React and respond to movements of others. They combine and sequence movement skills.
  • Grade 4 – Students manipulate objects in and through space. Correct technique. Lead up games to sports.
  • Grade 5 – Students work cooperatively in sport activities and learn to give feedback.
General information

Independent PE Program

Requirements

  • Athlete must hold a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Athlete must complete the Student Application Form and be accepted into the program

Goal

To provide students in athletics outside of Country Day an opportunity to fulfill their SCDS PE requirements and allow for study hall time during their regularly scheduled PE time.

Philosophy

This program is designed for those students who are competing in an out-of-school athletic program that:

  • requires a minimum of 60 hours/trimester or 80 hours/semester
  • is supervised by a professional trainer/coach/teacher
  • is ranked at a local, state or national level, unless class is a college course