The Physical Education Program
Physical Education Philosophy
A quality Physical Education program is fundamental for our students. Why? Physical Education provides children with the opportunity to remain physically active throughout their lifetime and to enjoy the benefits of participating in regular physical activity. Physical Education at KCDS provides children with a multitude of important learning experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom. The focus of Physical Education is to provide teaching of skills, improving physical fitness, developing peer relationships, leadership, teamwork and co-operation. In summary, Physical Education at KCDS contributes much to the growth, development, and the general well-being of every child.
In pre-school the aim is to provide a fun learning environment that will help the children become familiar with their bodies’ movement potential. By choosing age appropriate activities we aim to help children become confident as they develop fundamental movement skills and as they become skilled movers. Most importantly our pre-school program aims to generate enthusiasm amongst the children so that they maintain an interest in physical activity. Our pre-school children attend Physical Education twice a week for 30 minutes. The following are some of the skills and concepts that are covered: loco-motor movements, balance & co-ordination, spatial awareness, multi skills such as jumping, throwing, catching, kicking & striking
Kindergarten through second grade Physical Education is focused on introducing and developing children’s ability to perform basic skills. Skills and concepts are introduced to the whole class and practiced and then children are given opportunities to develop those skills in a number of skill stations. Whole class games are introduced and are selected to reinforce the skills/concepts that the children have practiced. Lower Elementary classes’ meet three times a week for 30 minutes and the following are some of the skills and concepts covered: Multi Skills such as striking, throwing, catching, jumping, Fitness Assessment, co-operative games, team building, movement pathways and Healthy Lifestyles
Third through fifth grade review and refine the fundamental skills and concepts developed in lower elementary. Initial instruction in sport skills and sport lead up activities are utilized so children can apply newly learned skills in small group setting. Children are introduced to the importance of sportsmanship and what this entails. Upper Elementary children meet three times a week for 30 minutes and cover some of the following skills and concepts: invasion games, Fitness, adventure racing, volleying, track & field and offensive and defensive strategies.
Middle School Curriculum
In the middle school there is a shift towards specialized skills and sport activities. Students continue learning and improving sports skills while participating in sport lead up games. Each unit starts with a review of individual skills needed to be successful then transition into small sided games. Football, soccer, rugby, volleyball, frisbee, fitness and basketball are some of the activities offered. Middle school students meet 2 times a week for 45 minutes and they are graded on number of aspects such as participation and effort.