Physical Education

Philosophy

Physical activity is critical to the development and maintenance of good health. The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

The Northborough Elementary Physical Education Curriculum reflects goals to develop a variety of motor skills, improve physical fitness, and foster cooperative attitudes with classmates.

Mission Statement

Physical Education is essential part of the total educational process and contributes to the overall growth and development of the individual child. This process must be based upon the physical, social, and emotional needs of the student. Every child needs to be afforded the opportunity to grow in the areas of knowledge and understanding, motor skills, attitudes, and personal fitness that will enable him/her to achieve a lifestyle in which regular, vigorous physical activity, nutrition, and healthy choices become an integral part. To these ends the Lincoln Street Elementary School Physical Education program is dedicated.

We Believe That a Quality Physical Education Program:

  • is standards based.
  • is developmentally appropriate.
  • is sequential and progressive.
  • is balanced in its approach.
  • focuses on skill acquisition and development.
  • has a high degree of engaged learning time.
  • uses games to reinforce skill development.
  • promotes positive feelings about oneself.
  • makes use of up-to-date grading/assessment practices.
  • has teachers who demonstrate exemplary instructional strategies.

The elementary school physical education program emphasizes individual growth in basic movement skills, perceptual motor experiences, rhythmic activities and dance, personal fitness and conditioning, and basic skills of various individual, dual, and team sports as well as outdoor recreational and challenge activities. Elimination-type games, highly competitive contests and team sports are kept to a minimum at this level. The program provides the child with the opportunity to understand basic body structure and function, physical development, and social skills as they relate to participating in vigorous activity as well as the importance of regular daily physical activity in establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Children will learn to participate in a positive and productive manner in which doing one’s best and improving one’s performance is more indicative of success than winning a game!