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ELEMENTARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The physical education curriculum for elementary students in Shrewsbury Public Schools is child-centered. Students learn the joy and satisfaction of being physically active and part of the group regardless of their personal strengths or limitations.

Through physical education, it is paramount that students learn a variety of important life skills which include movement skills, knowledge, and behavior/social skills, over the course of each school year. Some of these include: locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills, team-building, social interaction skills, and cognitive concepts linked to fitness, wellness, skill development, and social skills appropriate to each grade/developmental level. We want all students to be competent in a variety of fundamental motor skills, because these skills enhance everyday living. The acquisition of fundamental motor skills are essential to improving ones overall fitness and key in leading an enjoyable active lifestyle. Moreover, we want all students to develop an understanding of the importance of lifelong fitness and skill building concepts. It is important that we instill healthy living and activity knowledge, skills and disposition at a young age in an attempt to impact positive lifestyle choices and patterns for the long term.

Student Expectations in Elementary Physical Education:

  • Develop skill for locomotion and non-locomotion as well as using a variety of manipulatives for throwing, catching, striking
  • Identify and apply movement concepts including direction, balance, level, pathway, range, application of force, force absorption
  • Identify and demonstrate responsible personal social behavior used in physical activity settings
  • Identify physical changes and feelings that result from participation in a variety of physical activities.

Elementary Physical Education Syllabus