The objective of P.E. is to engage students in physical activities giving them a base of knowledge so that they might lead a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the P.E. program is not to produce athletes rather to produce people who understand the values and benefits of physical activity.
Why physical education?
Physical education helps children by developing:
- Cardiovascular endurance
- Muscular strength and power
- Muscular endurance
- Weight regulation
- Bone development
- Skillful moving
- Mental alertness
- Active lifestyle habits
- Constructive use of leisure time
- Enthusiasm for learning
- Interpersonal relationships
The Physical Education Curriculum
Listed below are some of the major content areas and some activities:
- Throwing and catching
- Striking skills
- Locomotor/non-locomotor skills
- Fitness activities
- Jumping rope
- Learning about our heart and lungs
- Basic rhythm activities
- Simple line dances
- Folk dances
- Basic tumbling
- Tag games
- Simple team games
- About 40% of children between 5 and 8 show at least one risk factor for heart disease
- 28% of kids between 7 and 12 have high blood pressure
- Less than 50% of kids between 10 and 18 stay active during the winter months
- As many as 1/3 of kids over 12 have high cholesterol levels
- Cardiovascular disease starts by 1st grade!
- Kids only spend 2% of their time working their hearts at the proper level; they should be spending 8%.
- At least 30 minutes of physical activity a day is a good beginning goal. Activities of moderate intensity such as walking briskly or biking are excellent. Make this a family affair!