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.
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.
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
Movement Skills and Movement Knowledge
Self-Image, Self-Esteem, and Self-Realization
Motor Learning, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Human Growth and Development, Humanities, Sociology
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.