Elementary Physical Education

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Philosophy

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) believes that every student in our nation's schools, from kindergarten through grade 12, should have the opportunity to participate in quality physical education. It is the unique role of quality physical education programs to develop the health-related fitness, physical competence, and cognitive understanding about physical activity for all students so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles. Today's quality physical education programs are important because they provide learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of youngsters, which help improve a child's mental alertness, academic performance, readiness to learn and enthusiasm for learning.

 

Elementary Physical Education
In the elementary grades, states NASPE, the physical education program emphasizes the development of fundamental locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills through the main content areas of educational games, dance, and gymnastics. The movement framework, (i.e., body, space, effort, and relationship) is also a part of the core content and is the basis for developing, expanding, and refining children’s range of motor skills and awareness. Quality instruction by physical education professionals is critical if children are to develop fundamental motor patterns (e.g. jump, throw, skip, hop, catch, and kick). The motor skill foundations established during the elementary grades may enhance children’s social, cognitive and physical development and increase the likelihood of continued interest and participation in physical activity. Fitness at elementary grades is supported by a rich experience in many basic movement forms.

In Pinellas County students have 150 minutes of physical education each week in kindergarten through grade 5.

Using the Being Fit Matters tool,  fitness testing is administered twice a year for all students  grades K-5.  Information can be found under the BeingFit Matters link which includes the Parent Notification letter.
 

Student instruction is based on Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards

Strand: Cognitive Abilities

Standard 1: Identify, analyze, and evaluate movement concepts, mechanical principles, safety considerations, and strategies/tactics regarding movement performance in a variety of physical activities.

Strand: Lifetime Fitness

Standard 1: Participate regularly in physical activity.

Standard 2: Develop and implement a personal fitness program to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

Strand: Movement Competency

Standard 1: Demonstrate competency in many and proficiency in a few movement forms from a variety of categories.

Strand: Responsible Behaviors and Values

Standard 1: Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

Standard 2: Value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction. 


Physical Education is part of the required curriculum in elementary school and is scheduled for 150 minutes per week with a minimum of 30 minutes for any day that physical education is provided. Physical education classes are staffed by a certified physical education teachers and non-certified assistants.

Other programs offered by the Physical Education teacher include:

Bus Safety: Grades K-2
Pedestrian Safety: Grade 1
Bicycle Safety: Grades 4 and 5

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