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Physical Education - First Grade

The Physical Education class begins with aerobic activity to warm up the muscles (i.e. tag or jump rope). Their warm-ups are followed by stretching and strength exercises which the children lead themselves.

The next phase of the class involves motor skill development. This is achieved through a variety of instructional approaches especially successful with this grade (demonstration & explanation, Socratic approach, movement education and role playing). Making use of the first grader's rich and vivid imagination, many skill sessions are presented within storylines. For example, when learning the standing broad jump and running broad jump, the child imagines s/he is hiking and must cross many brooks of varying widths without landing in them.

The culminating activity of each lesson is a group game or individual challenge which utilizes/ reinforces the skill(s) developed earlier in the lesson. The game usually has a cooperative element to it. For example, if the focus skill of the day is throwing or catching, we will play Fox and Squirrel which is a circle game in which the Fox (large ball) is chasing the Squirrel (small ball). The Fox must be handed to a person on either side of you while the Squirrel can "fly" across the circle to anyone whose name you call. The entire group becomes concerned with the fate of the Squirrel as they practice throwing, catching and calling to a receiver before passing the ball.

Class ends with a circle time for the children to ask questions, describe what they have learned in P.E. and receive feedback about a particular aspect of the class.

The P.E. objectives are met through the areas of instruction indicated below:

Basic Movement
  • Manipulative: one and two hand bowling, one and two hand overhand and underhand throws, one hand overhand throw, bouncing with one and two hands, catching, kicking, rolling hula hoops, tossing scarves, balancing peacock feathers, and flying ribbon streamers
  • Non-locomotor : balancing, sitting, kneeling, squatting, standing, bending, swaying, rocking, swinging, turning, twisting and pushing and pulling
  • Locomotor: walking, running, hopping, jumping, leaping, galloping, sliding, skipping, dodging, landing, turning and side-stepping
  • In a Group: forming circles, lining up and responding to signals
Dance
  • Learning simple line and circle dances
Games
  • Simple: Simon Says to Music, Red Light-Green Light, One Bounce
  • Cooperative: Frozen Bean Bag, Caterpillar Over the Mountain, Parachute Games.
Obstacle Courses
  • Obstacle courses integrate a variety of skills and concepts and are good for body awareness and memory. Throughout the year, obstacle courses are presented to coincide with holidays and Project Time.
Gymnastics
  • Tumbling: log rolls, egg rolls, forward and backward rolls and straddle rolls, animal walks, jumps and jump turns, splits, 1 side cartwheels, tip-ups and tripods.
  • Apparatus: balance beam, forward and backward walking, squat turn and scale. Vault: squat on and jump dismounts, squat through. Climbing ropes: pull-ups, inverted hangs and skin the cat.
Physical Fitness
  • Calisthenics for strength and flexibility, long rope jumping and tag games for cardiovascular endurance.
Rhythms
  • Creative movement, rock passing, hand clapping songs, lummi sticks.





 


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