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Physical Education

DAILY EXERCISE...PROPER DIET...HEALTHY HABITS

The SCH physical education program is designed to provide each girl with the opportunity to find success at her own level.  

Our comprehensive curriculum provides students the opportunity to develop body awareness, explore movement, discover cooperative games, improve sport-specific skills, and experience team sports. We value the team experience and the life skills one develops while being a team member. Through these activities, students learn how to have fun, to win and lose, to show good sportsmanship, and to develop discipline and responsibility. Our physical education program supports the development of a well-balanced individual by providing the opportunity to develop not only physically, but also socially, emotionally, and mentally.

At SCH Academy Lower School for Girls, the physical education program is centered around SHAPE America’s 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.” 

National Standards

SHAPE Americas National Standards define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a quality physical education program. States and local school districts across the country use the National Standards to develop or revise existing standards, frameworks, and curricula.
  • Standard 1 – The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
  • Standard 2 – The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.
  • Standard 3 – The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
  • Standard 4 – The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
  • Standard 5 – The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

Goals

  • To learn to move and to move to learn: the development of neuro-muscular coordination, fitness, and physical growth through a sequential program of physical activity.
  • To apply movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills.
  • To encourage a physically active lifestyle.
  • To achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  • To develop responsible personal and social behavior (teamwork, sportsmanship, grace in competition) in physical activity settings.
  • To demonstrate understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity settings.
  • To understand that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.
  • To integrate with other educational areas such as math, science, language, technology, and music.
  • To learn about the structure of the heart and how to maintain a healthy heart.

~ National Association for Sport and Physical Education

“NASPE believes that a sound body enhances a sound mind, which improves a child’s mental alertness, academic performance, readiness to learn, and enthusiasm for learning.”

List of 1 members.

  • Betty Ann Fish 

    Teacher, Physical Education Department Chair
    215-261-6848

PE by Grade

List of 3 items.

  • Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

    • Listening, following rules and directions, and remembering movements in sequence
    • Activities involving balance, walking, jogging, running, galloping, jumping, hopping, skipping, leaping, rolling, tumbling
    • Various activities that require throwing, catching, bouncing, kicking, and striking
    • Integrating music, counting, and the alphabet in movement activities
    • Identification of body parts and muscles
    • Working all together, independently, and with a partner
    • Heart Adventure Challenge Course
  • 1st and 2nd Grade

    • ncreased cooperation and competition with emphasis on fair play, teamwork, and sportsmanship
    • Continued development of strength, flexibility, agility, large and small muscle coordination, eye-hand coordination, and spatial awareness
    • Exposure to team-oriented games
    • Cooperative and team-building activities
    • Heart Adventure Challenge Course
  • 3rd and 4th Grades

    • Learning basic skills and rules of soccer, field hockey, squash, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, and softball through activities and games
    • Dance and choreography
    • Continued development of strength, flexibility, agility, large and small motor control, eye-hand coordination, and spatial awareness
    • Cooperative and team-building activities
    • Fitness activities including the effects of exercise on the heart and body, healthy eating, and nutrition
    • Continued development of the concept of competition, learning the values of fair play, and sportsmanship

Physical Literacy

To pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity, a physically literate individual:
  • Has learned the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities.
  • Knows the implications and the benefits of involvement in various types of physical activities.
  • Participates regularly in physical activity.
  • Is physically active.
  • Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle.

    ~ National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education (2014), SHAPE America.