ne of the major aspects of Quaker philosophy is to recognize the unique talents and abilities in each individual. Within the context of the Gym curriculum, students are encouraged to develop and express their individuality via a wide variety of physical activities. They learn cooperation and acceptance of each other’s differences in a nurturing and supportive environment.
Early Childhood through Sixth Grade Curriculum Goals and Objectives
- Get exercise and make it enjoyable.
- Create an enjoyable and non-threatening atmosphere.
- Learn athletic skills and develop teamwork.
- Foster sportsmanship (handle winning, losing and competition).
- Develop an appropriate perspective toward competition.
- Develop familiarity with many sports and games.
- Prepare for future participation in afterschool and extracurricular sports.
- Develop a sense of work ethic.
- Develop confidence to feel comfortable in a variety of athletic situations.
- Learn about one’s body and how exercise helps one’s mental and physical well being.
Early Childhood and Kindergarten Goals
- Learn simple games with 1- and 2- step directions (cooperative and minimally competitive)
- Begin learning cooperation and sportsmanship
- Develop basic motor skills and concept of personal space
- Practice simple movements and skills (jumping, throwing, dodging, catching, and kicking)
- Establish rules and routines (lining up, sitting and listening) for a safe and enjoyable class
First through Third Grade Goals
- Learn complex sports and games with strategy and multiple positions (i.e. soccer, hockey, basketball)
- Continue to learn cooperative games and transfer to team play
- Work on sportsmanship and maintaining perspective
- Tolerate one’s and others’ varying skill levels (self and others) as well as handle not getting one’s way
- Understand that success in PE is enjoying oneself, exercising and cooperating
Fourth through Sixth Grade Goals
- Learn complex skills for games and sports (soccer, hockey, and basketball)
- Learn to place self purposefully during games and strategize in game-play
- Simulate team-based sports experience in tournament play, such as hockey and soccer
- Practice teamwork and sportsmanship by problem solving and resolving conflicts