Elementary Physical Education
PCS Elementary Physical EducationIn the elementary grades, states SHAPE, 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, 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.
Elementary School Curriculum Timelines
Online Resources for Families
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Athletics, Pre K-12 Physical Education, Health Education, Driver’s Education, and School Wellness
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