Physical Education encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, physical fitness, motor skills, social skills and positive attitudes that foster and empower students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.
The goal of the Physical Education program at Quaker Ridge is to insure that all students have the opportunity to develop physical, cognitive, and social skills in a fun, safe, and encouraging manner. The students participate in developmentally appropriate activities and lessons that are essential to the educational process and contribute to the overall growth and development of each child.
In grades K-2, the emphasis is on learning basic movement and motor skills, understanding healthy fitness levels, and providing opportunities to develop effective personal and social skills. Fundamental movement skills include locomotor movement patterns such as walking, running, jumping, leaping, galloping, hopping, and skipping. Non-locomotor movement skills include, but are not limited to, bending, stretching, and balancing. Concepts such as spatial and body awareness, understanding directions and patterns, and following/applying game rules and strategies are also emphasized in the curriculum. Manipulative skills include rolling, throwing, catching, kicking, striking, and volleying.
In grades 3-5, the students are introduced to a variety of activities that utilize the skills acquired during their previous Physical Education experiences. These activities include, but are not limited to, flag football, volleyball, floor hockey, basketball, soccer, badminton, and baseball/wiffleball. During these activities, the students are encouraged to think critically and creatively, display leadership skills, and collaborate with teammates. Additional areas of focus are climbing and gymnastics, team challenges (cooperative learning), and fitness. The students personal fitness level will be evaluated using the FITNESSGRAM fitness assessment. The goal of the program is to provide valuable feedback to the child on their fitness level. The students will learn to identify the different components of fitness and then design methods of improving (creating goals) not only their personal fitness level but their overall health as well.
All students are encouraged to put forth an honest effort on a regular basis. Throughout the year emphasis is placed on sportsmanship, cooperation, and teamwork. Participating in an unselfish manner, following rules, and playing safely are also important aspects of the Physical Education program.