Bugbee Physical Education
We’re off to an awesome start in Physical Education! We are excited to give our students a fun and challenging year in Phys. Ed! Periodically, we will use the Buzz to keep you informed on what is happening in our program.
3rd, 4th and 5th grade are weaving cardiovascular fitness into our game-like activities as we work hard to prepare for the CT Physical Fitness test which takes place in October. This test includes push-ups, curl-ups, the sit and reach stretch, and running a mile. Students learn about and improve the 4 components of fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness in a variety of ways. We emphasize improvement over time and “competing against oneself” as opposed to one’s peers. The effort and determination to improve demonstrated by our students has been outstanding thus far!
The 6 minute Cardio-Challenge: We work toward the mile run by giving our 3-5th graders this challenge: How many laps can you run in 6 minutes? Students start with a baseline # of laps, discuss and choose a “game plan” to improve next time, and record their strategies in their Fitness Folder. The goal is to run at least one more lap during the next attempt. We also rock some fun tunes to help motivate our runners. In this way, students can experiment with and try different strategies like pacing, “emptying the tank at the end”, running with strong arms, etc… so that by the time we run a full mile – we are ready!
Our 4th – 5th graders also playing the ultimate team strategy game called Hoopla! Think 4 team capture the flag where the only way be successful is to work together with your own teammates or even collaborate with another team.
Our K-2 grade students will spend the next weeks working with body management including locomotor skills, pathways, directions, speeds, levels, matching and mirroring shapes as well as activities that involve cooperation, team work and listening. Soon these students will begin working with manipulatives (like balloons, hula hoops and colorful scarves) as we explore ways to control objects. 2nd grade is also weaving in some soccer dribbling. Finally, we are reviewing how to play the recess favorite “Ga-ga” game so students have one more fun choice to do physical activity during their recess break.
A Quality Physical Education Program
Quality physical programs recognize and develop individual needs and talents through creative movement experiences to ensure that students achieve their personal best and develop in a positive, responsible and cooperative environment. A highly effective program will help students build a foundation for developing lifelong wellness skills that encourage a desire for continued participation in physical activity. Through their active engagement in our program students will:
- Understand movement concepts and demonstrate movement patterns.
- Understand and master, or show progress toward mastery, in the four components of physical fitness as defined by the Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to participate in cooperative learning activities.
- Respect and show appreciation for the differences among people.
- Understand the process of critical thinking through inquiry, problem solving, and self-evaluation.
- Choose to participate in physical activities outside of the physical education program.
What will my child learn in physical education class?
*Skills that involve locomotor movements such as walking, running, hop- ping, jumping and non-locomotor movements such as twisting, stretching, balancing, and supporting.
Actions such as throwing, catching, and striking that directly enhance coordination skills and dexterity in handling small equipment, such as balls, hoops, and ropes.
Activities that help improve flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and cardiovascular endurance.
Body management skills in relationship to large apparatus including climbing, balancing, hanging, and supporting.
Traditional dance patterns such as folk, line, square dances, rhythmic activities, and creative dance.
Activities that encourage a sense of interpersonal confidence, mutual support within a group, and the enjoyment of cooperative learning.