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Physical Education

In the 21st century the importance and value of regular physical activity has been recognized as never before. Childhood is the time to begin the development of active and healthy lifestyles. Children do not automatically develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that lead to regular participation in physical activity – they must be taught.

Physical education provides opportunities for children to develop sports, gymnastics, dance, and wellness skills. It uses a conceptual approach which accommodates individual differences and allows each child to work at his/her own developmental level. Instruction in physical education is an essential element in the development of the whole child. It integrates the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains. A learning environment is created where children are encouraged to make decisions and take responsibility for their learning.

Values and Goals of Physical Education:
  • provide a safe and productive learning environment
  • help each child to become a competent and confidant mover
  • help children to value wellness and make informed decisions to create a healthy lifestyle
  • help children understand movement concepts
  • help children develop a rich movement vocabulary
  • allow children to set goals and take an active role in the learning process
  • allow and encourage children to take responsibility for their learning and actions
  • foster creativity and encourage higher level thinking skills and problem-solving
  • encourage children to question and develop critical thinking skills
  • create an environment of unconditional acceptance knowing each child matters
  • teach children to respect, accept and value each others’ differences and themselves
  • help children to work cooperatively together
  • create a fun and exciting learning environment
  • celebrate and encourage the gifts inherent in each child