Physical Education -- Dover School

 Deerfield Valley Fitness Invitational 2010~Wendy Johnson & students 
Dover's Physical Education Program provides moderate to vigorous exercise for students through a variety of movement experiences including fundamental motor skills, movement concepts and movement patterns, traditional sports, modified games, and lifetime physical activities. Activities are aligned with the National Standards & Grade Level Outcomes for  Physical Education.
With the intent of fostering lifelong physical activity, learning expectations include development of knowledge, skills, and confidence to support proficiency-based graduation requirements and performance indicators in physical education. 

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 develop 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 participate in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, practice fitness exercises that address component areas of fitness, learn to assess their own physical fitness abilities and set goals for healthy improvement and 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 curricula support the National Standards for Health Education, the Vermont Health Education Guidelines for Curriculum and Assessment, and the Vermont Grade Expectations for best practice. Instruction provides general information 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) and practice in key health skills, (self-management, analyzing influences, accessing information, interpersonal communication, decision making, goal-setting). 

   Health literacy 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."