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During the Early Years, the curricular emphasis is on the acquisition of basic movement skills and their functional use in introductory and simple activities. During the Middle Years, the curricular emphasis is on the acquisition of basic movement skills and their functional use in modified and lead-up activities. The knowledge component helps students understand what movements to do, as well as why and how to do them. The Basic Movements skills are running, jumping, skipping, hopping, galloping, underhand and overhand throwing; catching, rolling, and bouncing balls; dynamic and static balance.
Movement-skill competency is a key determinant in a student's decision of whether to participate in or pursue a particular activity or sport. Students are less likely to participate in physical activity if they have not learned the movement skills or experienced success in applying them. The basic movement skills are the building blocks for participation in all physical activity and are the prerequisites to lifelong physical activity.
For balanced Physical Education programming, students are expected to participate in a variety of activities, including individual/dual/team sports/games, alternative pursuits, and rhythmic/gymnastic and fitness activities, scheduled on an ongoing basis throughout the school year. Middles Years programming emphasises developing health-and skill-related fitness components through physical activity participation. Students are encouraged to set personal goals, record own data, and be active on a daily basis to develop and/or maintain their personal fitness. Students will show basic understanding of the knowledge-related learning outcomes to help make informed choices for personal fitness development.
The Winnipeg School Division organizes events for grade 7/8 students in cross-country running, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and softball which they can prepare/practice and participate in on a weekly basis.