Physical Education Overview
The focus of the MMS Physical Education Program is to help children create a healthy foundation of fitness for life by providing exposure to a wide range of activities and sports while making fitness fun and enjoyable. Students will be assisted in working towards meeting Presidential Physical Fitness awards and will participate in other fitness programs such as Jump Rope for Heart.
Beginners (ages 2-4)
Creative play, movement to music, and obstacle courses allow the children to explore what their bodies can do. Students are introduced and encouraged to practice locomotor activities such as skipping, hopping on one foot, and balancing during both creative movement times and playground activities.. Daily outdoor play time allows the children to develop their muscles and coordination through climbing, swinging, sliding, running, and sandbox play. (This is part of classroom, not with Coach Cam)
Preschool and Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 3-6)
Kindergarten classes have P.E. twice a week for thirty minutes (total of one hour). Students are introduced to basic movements and skills. The focus is on the enjoyment of participating in physical activities. Each day starts with a stretching routine that changes every quarter. The remainder of the class is devoted to skill development. Units include fundamental movements such as running, stopping, skipping, jumping, kicking, throwing and catching. Various sports equipment is used such as a soccer ball; however, the emphasis will be on the skills and locomotor development as opposed to sport specific skills.
Lower Elementary (ages 6 – 9)
Students in the first-third grade have P.E. four times a week for thirty minutes (total of 2 hours). The focus is on participation and discovery of activities. Some sport skills are introduced. Each day begins with a warm-up routine and students are then lead through games and activities to develop skills and movements. One day per week is devoted to large group games that correspond with the skills being developed. This provides the students an opportunity to work together and to learn how to play a specific role on a team; sportsmanship is a constant emphasis. Cardiovascular and general fitness training is also a component of the students’ P.E. program.
Upper Elementary (ages 9-12)
Students in the fourth-fifth grade have P.E. four times per week for forty-five minutes (total of three hours). The focus is on teambuilding and the creating of a fit lifestyle. Personal exploration of various sports and activities are emphasized to help children find activities that they will enjoy as they grow older. Sport skills are taught as a part of skill and locomotor development. Each day begins with a warm-up routine and changes every six weeks. Students are lead through games and activities to develop skills and movements. One day per week is devoted to large group games that correspond with the skills the students are working towards; this provides students an opportunity to work together and learn to play a specific role on a team. Sportsmanship is a constant emphasis. Cardiovascular and general fitness training is also an important component.