The Manville School’s physical education curriculum is based on a combination of the state of Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s National Standards for Physical Education.
- Provide students with opportunities for physical, social, and emotional growth amongst peers in a safe, supportive learning environment.
- Teach students the major concepts of movement, space, and locomotor skills through a variety of skill building activities and games.
- Introduce students to the concepts of teamwork and fair play in a variety of individual and team sports.
- Teach students to understand and respect differences among people in a physically active setting.
- Instill the importance of daily physical activity in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Instill in students the knowledge, skills and desire for a lifetime of physical activity.
- Help students interact, communicate, and appropriately handle the stresses and frustrations that sometimes come with learning new skills.
Physical Education Class Outline and Expectations:
- Students are expected to attend two classes of physical education weekly unless they are excused by a doctor’s note or are out of class for discipline purposes.
- Students are not required to change but are encouraged to do so and keep good hygiene practices.
- Students must wear appropriate footwear. Sneakers are preferred, but all that is required are close toed non-marking soled footwear.
- Classes are each 40 minutes with most students attending the entire class time. Due to specific behavioral plans, some students attend class for a set amount of time. The goal is to increase this time as students demonstrate safe and expected behavior, eventually returning to full physical education class periods.
- Each class begins with a warm-up and fitness component consisting of light cardiovascular work followed by general muscle stretches and core strengthening.
- Following the warm-up and fitness component, class proceeds with the day’s planned physical education activities which usually follow this format:
- Skill introduction or review
- Skill practice
- Game or activity with a focus on the skills of the day
- The conclusion of class involves a full body cool down with students applying deep pressure to large muscle groups to help calm themselves. It also involves breathing techniques to help relax their bodies.
- Team Work
- Fair Play
- Moving to Open Space
- Offense in Team Sports
- Defense in Team Sports
- Body Awareness:
- Names and locates body parts
- Body shape
- Possible actions of body parts
- Relationships of body parts when moving
- Space Awareness:
- Self space
- General space
- Chasing, Fleeing, Dodging
- Cooperative Learning
- Jumping and Landing
- Locomotor and Non-locomotor Skills