The Physical Education curriculum at St. John the Evangelist School, for grades K-8 aims to promote the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of students through a comprehensive and standards-based approach.
Here's a summary of the key components across grade levels:
Pre- Kindergarten & Kindergarten:
- Introduction to fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, and throwing.
- Exploration of basic locomotor and non-locomotor movements through games and activities.
- Emphasis on developing spatial awareness, body control, and cooperation with peers.
- Continued development of fundamental movement skills with an increased focus on coordination and balance.
- Introduction to basic sports and games, with an emphasis on fair play, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
- Integration of activities that promote cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength through structured play and exercise routines.
- Progression of fundamental movement skills to more complex tasks such as dribbling, striking, and kicking.
- Introduction to sports-specific skills and rules for a variety of team and individual sports.
- Emphasis on health-related fitness concepts including aerobic capacity, muscular endurance, and flexibility.
- Opportunities for cooperative games and problem-solving activities to enhance teamwork and communication skills.
- Refinement of sport-specific skills and strategies through structured drills, scrimmages, and gameplay.
- Integration of fitness assessments and goal-setting activities to promote personal wellness and lifelong physical activity.
- Exploration of recreational and lifetime sports activities that can be enjoyed beyond the school setting.
- Introduction to concepts related to nutrition, body composition, and the importance of physical activity for overall health and well-being.
Throughout all grade levels, St. John the Evangelist School's Physical Education curriculum emphasizes the importance of creating inclusive and supportive learning environments that encourage all students to participate and succeed. Additionally, it promotes the development of critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and responsible decision-making related to physical activity and health behaviors. By providing a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate program, the curriculum aims to empower students to lead active, healthy lifestyles now and in the future.