Once a winter we give each of our physical education classes the opportunity to sled. After all, sledding combines so many of the elements we love about PE: being outdoors, balancing, taking calculated risks, looking out for others, and above all, hill sprints (ie. dragging your sled up the hill
One of our department mottos is that every student is an athlete. In order to reflect and celebrate that message, PE is collaborating with our library and technology and innovation departments to launch the Athletic Identity Project. First, students read a couple of books in the Erskine Library about what
The return from a break provides a nice opportunity to return to our roots in PE, establishing teamwork and building community with cooperative challenges. After defining the word “cooperation” (it doesn’t mean “when something is hard,” but it can be hard!), we were off to the races at partner stations.
In physical education this week, our younger grades got to try some indoor winter activities, including speed skating (on pinnies), igloo building (with mats), and snowball rolling (with paddles and balls). Also, with the first snowfall of the season, we offered some crucial winter reminders: Sneakers are essential! We had
Now that December is here, our lower school athletes are getting in the spirit of winter sports. In the Barn, our second and fourth graders use pillo polo sticks to practice their hockey skills. They are learning how to defend, how to pass, and how to score using controlled dribbling
As we mention to our students when we begin the jump rope unit, the best athletes in the world often train by jumping rope. It builds footwork, endurance, strength, and coordination. But more importantly, it hits on two key elements of PE: fun and fitness. Our students began their jump
Our outdoor adventures middle school athletics team spends all fall in the woods learning how to read maps, vault over logs, build endurance, and bond in nature. This week some of our lower grades got to experience some OA excitement with a sampling of activities. First graders played tree tag
Physical education teachers tend to appreciate all sports and see the benefit of a wide variety of activities. That said, there are certain units, or pieces of equipment, that we might have a soft spot for. The parkour unit is one of those units, and the parachute is one of
The fifth grade physical education program mirrors our seasonal athletics offerings, giving our students experience in each sport before making athletics selections in middle school. Fifth graders spend a lot of time working on sport-specific skills, and they have already completed field hockey, flag football, and soccer units this fall.
The October weather has been a gift, allowing our physical education classes to soak in the sunshine with outdoor activities. Our pre-kindergarten students did their best bunny, kangaroo, and frog impressions during a “hopstacle course” on Claflin Field. After bounding over our hurdles, there were a variety of hopping implements