Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! May-June, 2017

Dear Families,

Wearing the proper shoes is very important in all sports and nearly every sport requires a specific shoe. For example, basketball players need extra ankle support for all of the lateral movements, and runners need extra cushioning for shock absorption. It is important to have a sport shoe if you participate in a physical activity.

Kindergarten

In kindergarten, we continue to follow the objective of our current unit. The objective is to provide students with an opportunity to refine skills such as throwing, tossing, catching, kicking, rolling, and the use of striking objects (tennis/badminton racquets) which are the prerequisites for many team sports. We also incorporate components of the fitness gram into the above stated activities to further improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility.

1st Grade

In May and June, we’ll continue to work on previously developed skills that include throwing, tossing, catching, kicking, and rolling that are prerequisites for many team sports. We incorporate the use of team sport (basketball and volleyball) components into relay race activities, obstacle course activities and teamwork building games to further improve students’ cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Children will participate in yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and body composition.

2nd – 3rd Grade

Students in 2nd and 3rd grades should concentrate in the skill area to learn basic fundamentals of basketball, volleyball, and racquet sport games. The emphasis at this level should be fun as opposed to competition. The students will focus on gaining or improving individual skill development. Basic techniques will be taught and drilled. Concepts of team play will be introduced too. The students will learn the proper way to perform exercises that improve their strength, muscular, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility.

4th – 5th Grade

Our basketball, volleyball, and racquet sports curriculum is designed to develop solid core fundamentals, fundamental offensive and defensive skills, ultimately building into progressions of team play and systems as well, and it has a detailed analysis to meet players’ goals and a structured course based on age, ability and skill level. The students’ performance will be monitored to ensure effectiveness. In addition to the ball skills involved with both sports, the fitness-related components that need to be considered are muscular strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, power and speed. Particular attention needs to be paid to jumping and landing.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the GYM!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova