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Physical Education and Health

The physical education and health program is an essential component of the well-rounded education that St. James’ provides. Its curriculum integrates physical activity and sports preparation with academic exploration of a wide variety of subjects related to health. Through a mix of study and practical application, students learn to take better care of themselves, each other, and the world.

Basket_2.jpgThe Physical Education program at St. James’ Episcopal School serves as an integral component of the overall educational experience. Through sport and movement, students participate in a sequential, differentiated program that effectively fosters personal health, fitness, and safety. The curriculum is designed to accommodate and improve each student’s strength, flexibility, and endurance. Critical social skills – including respect, communication, teamwork, and sportsmanship – are continually emphasized and refined. The cooperative learning environment allows students to make educated decisions that help them achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles.

The physical education and health curriculum for Kindergarten through 2nd grade focuses on developing fundamental physical competencies, such as motor skills, body management, coordination and reflexes, and foundational sports skills (e.g., throwing, catching, striking, and kicking).

The curriculum for the 3rd–6th grades concentrates on overall fitness development and emphasizes skills enhancement in sports and sports-related activities, such as football, baseball, volleyball, soccer, badminton, and many more. Special events like the 4th–6th Grade Fitness Challenge, intramural sports tournaments, and the 6th Grade “Race Across America” pedometer program are also included as part of the curriculum. The physical education program additionally features a 6th-grade interscholastic volleyball competition that provides students with a unique team-building experience.

Weekly Schedule

To ensure safety we kindly request that all students arrive at PE class outfitted in proper footwear (athletic shoes).

Monday

8:45-9:30 - 5th Grade

1:30-2:00 - Kindergarten

2:00-2:30 - 1st Grade

2:30-3:00 - 3rd Grade

Tuesday

9:00-9:25 - Pre-K

11:00-11:45 - 6th Grade

1:30-2:00 - 2nd Grade

2:00-2:45 - 4th Grade

Wednesday

11:00-11:45 - 6th Grade

1:30-2:00 - Kindergarten

2:00-2:30 - 1st Grade

2:30-3:00 - 3rd Grade

Thursday

8:45-9:30 - 5th Grade

1:30-2:00 - 2nd Grade

2:00-2:45 - 4th Grade

Friday

8:45-9:10 - Pre-K

9:15-9:45- 2nd Grade

1:30-2:00 - Kindergarten

2:00-2:30 - 1st Grade

2:30-3:00 - 3rd Grade

By Grade Level

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Kindergarteners and 1st-graders are guided through an introduction to numerous critical areas of health education, including mental and emotional health, nutrition, good and bad health habits, environmental and community health, and personal safety.

2nd Grade

2nd-grade curriculum emphasizes peacemaking skills and conflict resolution. Using a variety of interdisciplinary activities, the lessons are designed to empower children to solve conflicts in an effective, efficient, and peaceful manner. The course specifically examines cooperation and maintenance of a peaceful environment; interpersonal similarities and differences; personal feelings; and taking responsibility.

3rd Grade

3rd-graders study the basics of nutrition and its role in the maintenance of health.  The course is designed as a practical applications class in which students evaluate current trends and analyze their own habits. Students learn about nutrients and calories, reading food labels, sustainability, and food advertising.

4th Grade

Diving into the field of exercise science, 4th-grade students learn the major bones and muscles that facilitate the movement of the human body. They examine what happens to the body during different types of exercise. The course covers important topics in physical fitness, including muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and agility, and balance.

5th Grade

5th-graders explore major current health challenges, and what individuals and nations are doing to overcome them, in an introduction to global health. To help students make the connection between their lives, their health, and global health, the course focuses on the basic scientific, social, and political dimensions of global health. Topics include diseases and their global implications, international health aid, and recognition of World AIDS Day and other health-themed holidays.

Class Expectations

In Physical Education we the STARS be our guide! These class expectations are discussed at the beginning of the school year and revisited as necessary.

S - Stay on task

T - Try our best

A - Actively Listen

R - Respect ourselves each other and the equipment

S - Show sportsmanship