Villa Maria Elementary School

 

Physical Education & Aquatics

 

Preschool Aquatics

The intent of the preschool aquatic program is to develop a comfort level in and around the water as well as a readiness for learning to swim. The focus is on: water safety; aquatic adjustment and swimming readiness skills; fun and enjoyment in the water; and participant socialization.


Kindergarten

Students have two terms of swimming and one term of Physical Education at this level. Swim classes concentrate on adjustment to the water; skills, taught in accordance with the American Red Cross swim progression levels; and water safety. Students begin to learn the importance of raising their heart rate and begin to learn to find their pulse. Fitness swims are introduced. Term three concentrates on water safety, including an introduction to rescue breathing.

During term two students have regular physical education. Classes begin with introduction to the warm-up and stretching phases of a “work-out”. Large motor skills are emphasized. Good sportsmanship and cooperative interaction are stressed at this level.

Kindergarten students are involved in “Jump Rope for Heart” which raises awareness of heart disease and stroke.


Grades 1 and 2

Students have two terms of swimming and one term of physical education/health. Swim classes are held during terms 1 and 3; the physical education teacher has the students for physical education classes and health during term 2. The classroom teacher also takes the students to the gym on a regular basis during term 2.

 

Swim classes concentrate on fitness and skills taught in accordance with the American Red Cross swim progression; with emphasis on Levels I and II. Basic strokes are introduced and practiced. A water safety unit is taught during the spring session, with emphasis on self-help and helping others.

 

The physical education segment continues to build on the concepts and skills started in the previous year(s). Good sportsmanship and respecting the differences/skill levels of others is emphasized. Students begin to recognize that skill development requires practice.
Class structure begins with warm-up and flexibility. Each class then has a game/activity to develop skills/movement and to elevate the students’ heart rates. A cool-down phase concludes each class.


Students participate in “Jump Rope for Heart”, which raises awareness of heart disease and stroke. Beginning at Grade 1 students have the option to participate in the Presidential Active Lifestyle Fitness Program.

 

Health classes, at this level, have an emphasis on healthy living. Nutrition and heart health are emphasized. Personal health, dental health, and many other topics are incorporated into daily lessons by the homeroom teacher.

 

Grade 3

Students in Grade 3 have aquatics and health/safety during term 1 and term 3. Physical Education and health/safety are taught during term 2.

  • Health and Safety topics
  • Personal Health/Disease Prevention
  • Bus/Car/Pedestrian Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Dental Health
  • Heart Health
  • Nutrition
  • First Aid
  • Bike and Sun Safety

Aquatics:

Swimming lessons are based on the American Red Cross skill progression. Stroke work and fitness swims are emphasized at this level. A water safety unit is taught in the spring.

 

Physical Education:

Classes continue to begin with a warm-up and flexibility segment. Students begin to learn names of muscles as they improve the flexibility of each. Classes continue with a wide variety of activities, including skill training and activities to elevate the heart rate. Distinguishing between fair play and appropriate behaviors for participating with others in physical activities are both stressed at this level.


Students participate in “Jump Rope for Heart”, which raises awareness of heart disease and stroke. They also have the option ot participate in the Presidential Active Lifestyle Fitness Program.

 

Grade 4

Students in Grade 4 have aquatics and health/safety during term 1 and term 3. Physical Education and health/safety are taught during term 2.

  • Health and Safety topics
  • Personal Health/Disease Prevention
  • Fire Safety
  • Dental Health
  • Heart Health
  • Nutrition
  • First Aid
  • During Grade 4 the emphasis begins to change from Health and Safety to Health and Wellness; with the emphasis on healthy bodies and healthy minds.

Aquatics

The American Red Cross skill progression is used, with emphasis on skill improvement. Additional fitness activities are incorporated at this level. Water safety is taught during term 3.

 

Physical Education

The different components of physical activity are reviewed and expanded in the 4th grade. Students will acquire some specialized skills basic to a sport activity (ex. Soccer dribble). Classes continue with a wide variety of activities to elevate the heart rate. Emphasis on “Fitness for Life” and the understanding that physical fitness provides many opportunities for enjoyment is emphasized at Grade 4.

 

Grades 5, 6, 7, 8

Middle school age students rotate between pool class and gym class year round. Health and wellness is the third component of the physical education program.

 

Aquatics

Although the A. R. C. skill progression is used, the emphasis at this level is improving stroke technique. Students participate in fitness activities to improve muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular function. Water safety is also a component at the middle school level.

 

Physical Education

More advanced movements and game strategies are introduced at the middle school level. Students will strive to improve physical fitness and skill levels. Activities are designed to improve cardiovascular function.

 

Wellness

  • The wellness program at the middle school level incorporates all aspects of health and wellness. Lessons follow the national standards for Health. Topics that are covered at this level are:
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Community and Consumer Health
  • Emotional, Psychological and Social Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Family Life Education
  • Injury Prevention and Safety
  • Nutritional Health
  • Personal Health
  • Prevention and Control of Disease
 
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