Physical Education ProgramNovember 3, 2021
The goal of the physical education program is to promote lifelong physical activity by building physical literacy. “Physical Literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities” (Whitehead, 2016). Through the physical education program, students will build a variety of basic movement skills (running, throwing, striking, etc.) with the overall goal of developing skills to be active for a lifetime. In addition, students will take part in activities which help to build their knowledge of different types of games and the benefits of physical activity. Every attempt will be made to ensure all physical education classes are as safe and inclusive as possible.
The physical education program will cover four of the five areas included in the Manitoba Physical Education curriculum (the classroom teacher will teach health). These areas include:
- Movement: Students will learn how to effectively move in various situations (ex. games, gymnastic activities, etc.) and will be able to demonstrate this knowledge. Students will also demonstrate their basic movement skills which represent the building blocks of many different sports and activities. Grade five and six programming will focus on building strategy and knowledge of the different types of games (net/wall, invasion, target, striking/fielding).
- Fitness Management: Students will learn a variety of ways to maintain/improve personal fitness levels and will demonstrate the knowledge as to why this is important (promote bone growth, build muscle, etc.). Students in grades four to six will learn to set fitness goals and to monitor fitness levels.
- Safety: Students will learn different ways to maintain safety while participating in a variety of physical activities. Students will also learn about maintaining safety within the community and in different environments (ex. fire safety, road safety, etc.).
- Personal/Social Management: Students will learn different ways to work with others through a variety of activities and games. There will be a focus on how to avoid conflict and how to deal with conflict when it does arise. Students will also learn how to set goals for themselves.