Physical Education Overview

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


The students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate progress toward the mature form of selected motor and manipulative skills.
  • Demonstrate mature form in walking and running.
  • Follow directions.
  • Develop teamwork skills.
  • Understand the work ethic “We all can try!”

Grades 1-2

The students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills of chasing, fleeing, and dodging to avoid others.
  • Receive and send an object in a continuous motion.
  • Strike a ball repeatedly with a foot, hand, and a paddle.
  • Move each joint through a full range of motion.
  • Apply rules, procedures, and safe practices with little or no reinforcement.
  • Work cooperatively with another to complete an assigned task.
  • Resolve conflicts in socially acceptable ways.

Grades 3-4

The students will be able to:

  • Throw, catch, and kick using mature form.
  • Dribble and pass a basketball to a moving receiver.
  • Jump and land for height/distance using mature form.
  • Transfer weight from feet to hands at fast and slow speeds using large extensions.
  • Engage in appropriate activity that results in development of muscular strength.
  • Support, lift, and control body weight in a variety of activities.
  • Utilize safety principles in activity situations.
  • Work cooperatively and productively with a partner or small group to complete an assigned task.

Grades 5-6

The students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increasing competence in more advanced specialized skills.
  • Demonstrate beginning strategies for net and invasion games.
  • Throw a variety of objects demonstrating both accuracy and force, such as basketballs, footballs, and Frisbees.
  • Keep an object going continuously with a partner using a striking pattern.
  • Maneuver the ball away from an opponent in a racket sport activity.
  • Detect, analyze, and correct errors in personal movement patterns.
  • Identify basic practice and conditioning principles that enhance performance.
  • Work cooperatively with both more and less skilled peers.

Grades 7-8

The students will be able to:

  • Use basic offensive and defensive strategies in a modified version of a team sport.
  • Display the basic skills and safety procedures to participate in lifetime activities.
  • Demonstrate a growing understanding and application of more advanced game strategies.
  • Use knowledge of movement concepts to increase independent/group participation in physical education.
  • Work cooperatively with both more and less skilled peers.