Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! September-October 2018

Dear Families,

Our students began the school year with not only learning, but being physically active as well. The significance of physical education and sport in a child’s physical, emotional, and social development can’t be overstated.  It’s extremely important to engage students in quality fun activities for their own benefit, so please help us by encouraging your children to be physically active outside of school as well.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the GYM! Physical Education is a part of your child’s curriculum and your child will miss the gym if he/she hasn’t dress properly.

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 sport shoes if you participate in a physical activity.

Kindergarten In kindergarten, students began to learn the proper technique for locomotor and non loco-motor movements. They learn the names of body parts and discover new locomotor movements (walking, running, hopping, skipping, jumping, leaping, galloping, and sliding). They also practice non loco-motor movements, including bending, curling, stretching, swaying, swinging, turning, and twisting. Kindergarten students learn to move through space, including moving side-to-side, and forward-and-back. Students practice stopping and moving on command while walking around the gym and looking around after each stop to see how much space is available.

1st Grade In 1st grade, students continue to learn the proper technique for locomotor and non loco-motor movements. They participate in a variety of games that involve locomotor skills (walking, running, hopping, skipping, jumping, leaping, galloping, and sliding). First graders continue to identify, devise, and use adequate space while emphasizing the value of not interfering with the play of others or invading personal space during a game. Students will gain the ability to identify their left and right hands with prompts and play games which require sudden movement to the left or right on cue.

In 2nd grade, students learn to value the meaning of not interfering with the play of others or invading personal space while playing a game. We discuss factors that affect a person’s movement ability, such as: height, weight, strength, and body shape. We brainstorm the advantages of each factor in particular activities, e.g., height in basketball, weight in wrestling. Lastly, we point out the positive aspects of each factor and that each person’s uniqueness contributes to a stronger individual.

3rd Grade    Our third graders continue to demonstrate the concept of adequate personal space by practicing and participating with moving obstacles and people. They go through the obstacles in a variety of ways: right, left, under, over, high, low, zig-zag and circular pathways. Students will begin to demonstrate skills of thinking strategically and develop plays in specific games. Drills emphasize how students should be moving in open spaces. Examples include: follow your pass, replace your partner, and work in a triangle.

4th –5th  Grade  Forth and fifth graders continue to develop the concept of more complex games and activities. Students are continuing learning specific plays used in games and discuss how space, direction, and body awareness are used in developing the plays. Skills include demonstrating the use of space to gain an advantage, using pathways to develop plays (such as “Straddle Ball”, “Blob Tag”, “Circle Chase”, and etc.), and demonstrating the ability to move around an obstacle course using a variety of directions and movements such as, zig-zag, curved, left, right, diagonal, up, and down. Students are given the opportunity to develop plays in specific games. To make sure they understand, they will have to diagram and present a play that makes adequate use of space. Discussion among students during this activity is encouraged!

Thank you!

Mrs. Glotova