Physical education program provides regular moderate to vigorous
exercise for students through a variety of sports, games and lifetime
physical activities. Activities support and are aligned with the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities for Physical Education Grade Expectations for knowledge, motor skills, physical fitness,
affective qualities and social interaction.
Physical Education Curriculum Overview:
Pre-K-Grade 2: Through
movement activities Kindergarten students learn basic movement
concepts such as spatial awareness, body-parts, boundaries,
directions and pathways (forwards, backwards, sideways, straight,
curvey, zig-zag, etc.). We play listening games, practice
locomotion, manipulative, and other gross motor movement skills using
a variety of balls, scooters, tricycles, hoops, bean bags, playground
structure, balance beam /mats, etc. Using a variety of warm-up
activities (JAM, Yoga-time, exercise
cards & games, and tag games) students explore moving in personal and general
space, practice balance and body control. We practice tagging,
throwing, tossing, batting, bouncing, catching, kicking, and
climbing. Gymnastics and dance skills are a key part of the curriculum giving students a unique opportunity to devleop specific coordination and rhythms. Students play many simple games and modified sport
activities. We use the playground apparatus and hiking trails on
campus as authentic ways to practice gross motor skills and develop
strength, endurance & flexibility.
Grades 3-6: Students participate in a variety of movement challenges and games. Traditional sport skills, rules and game strategies used in soccer, LaCrosse, basketball, football, ultimate, tennis, volleyball, etc. are practiced through guided instruction. Students practice fitness exercises that address three of the component areas of fitness (muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, & flexibility) and they learn to assess their own physical fitness abilities and set goals, using their knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Class hikes on local trails and mountain tops, golf, biking, and more are included in the curriculum to enhance lifetime sports . Gymnastics is a core unit in physical education allowing students an opportunity to develop specific strengths and coordination. Dance is often included in collaboration with the music department giving students opportunities to combine rhythm and movement, learn about other cultures, and perform in plays, musicals, and school performance nights.
Health Curriculum Overview - See Health Curriculum Syllabus-K-3 & Health syllabus 4-6
A variety of professional resources are used to provide a comprehensive sequential health education program for students grades PreK-6. The core curricula used are Know Your Body and Michigan Model. These curicula support the National Standards for Health Education, the Vermont Health Education Guidelines for Curriculum and Assessment, and the Vermont Grade Expectations and best practice providing instruction in seven concept areas: alcohol, tobacco & other drugs; family, social & sexual health; mental & emotional health; nutrition & physical activity; personal health & wellness, violence & injury prevention, sexual violence prevention). The key health skills, (self-management, analyzing influences, accessing information, interpersonal communication, decision making) are emphasized in each concept area through age-appropriate instruction and practice.
is defined as “the capacity of an individual who can obtain, interpret, and understand basic health information & services, and who has the competence to use such information and services in ways that enhance personal health."