Physical Education

1

Safety

Following directions and learning the rules of the game are essential to having a fun and fair class.

2

Staying Active

Students are required to move, run, and participate in class and track their progress throughout the school year to celebrate accomplishments.

3

Healthy Living

Making healthy choices inside and outside of school are stressed as we discuss positive and negative choices for our health.

At St. Michael School the students K-8 have PE one day per week.  Our PE program contains various activities, games and sports, with a strong emphasis on safety.

The purpose of our PE program is not only to maintain certain levels of fitness, but also to teach socialization skills, sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, and responsibility.  A part of a student’s responsibility entails being prepared for class by wearing their gym uniform and gym shoes–preferably shoes with ties and no straps.

We want to our children to see the value of each and every person participating in gym class.   We want our children to know that ALL skill levels are accepted.  State Goal 21 states that we must teach mutual respect, team building and creativity.  We want our students to feel accepted, feel valued and most of all, feel respected.  We want them to be the best THEY can be, not what someone else expects them to be.  It is said that if you can guarantee a student will be safe and successful, they will be more willing to try.  My goal is to keep our children safe, both physically and emotionally.

K-1st students will focus on locomotor skills. They will be working on skipping, jumping, hopping on one foot, crab walk, bear crawl, running, galloping, and other locomotor skills. It is important to make sure they are able to have the coordination to perform the skill, so we break down the skill into steps and use these skills in games and warmups. They will also do line games, a variety of tag games with a twist, special holiday related activities, basic sport skills, parachute play, bean bag activities, and dance.

In second and third grade we start with a warm-up run followed by some dynamic stretches (in motion). Following our run and stretching we usually get into our activity or game for the day. Most games and activities are developed around enhancing a certain skill or group of skills. We focus more on gross motor skills as opposed to fine. We will get into some major sports and some fine motor skills but not all. At this age we stress being problem solvers and not problem makers. I promote students to handle situations on their own and we talk about different problem solving strategies.

In 4th and 5th grade we begin with a warm-up run and dynamic stretched. At this age we start getting more into the team sports. One of the major goals with the 4th and 5th graders is to promote critical thinking on strategies of the games, sports, or activities we participating in. Students will understand basic rules and elements of sport to participate in a variety of different sports. Leadership becomes a topic of conversation and a focus area with our students.

Junior high students will focus on our main sports: basketball, football, kickball, whiffle ball, and other games. Students will learn the rules and regulations, defense/offense strategies, team brackets, leadership, sportsmanship, and new games to stay active. Junior high students will also do the fitness test lesson. This is important so students understand the different categories of fitness testing and trying their best to reach a certain score they are aiming for.

Students will be put on teams for game play, which will require students to work together to accomplish a goal. Students will be involved in the game and the teacher will step back to observe how the students interact and process the game. This also gives the students a chance to help other students out while the instructor is working with others.

Mr. Mark Bohdan

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