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At Ancona, physical education is an integral part of an active school culture and the education of the whole child. Beginning in kindergarten, students attend physical education classes twice per week for a period ranging between 30 and 55 minutes, depending on the grade level. We believe PE is for Every Body! And as such Physical Education is viewed as a literacy, expressed in doing, but also in thinking, adapting and creating. Physical literacy is vital to students acquiring the skills and attitudes necessary for the development of healthy bodies and healthful habits that can have a life-long impact.

The program aims to improve student knowledge and understanding of their own bodies, promote a healthy lifestyle, and teach life sports and movement activities that lay the foundation for a physically active life. To this end our program promotes physical development and the achievement of physical fitness goals at the individual level, positive attitudes towards staying healthy and fit, competency in a wide variety of movement forms, and safety in active environments considering the wellness of themselves and others and an appreciating and embracing the concepts of teamwork and cooperation.

In their physical education classes, students are challenged to grow in the areas of psychomotor development (Doing), cognitive development (Thinking) and affective development (Feeling). Students are guided through age-appropriate movement progressions and units that include fitness pursuits, competitive and cooperative games, dance, martial arts, yoga and alternative sports. Teamwork, good sportsmanship and respect for the differing competencies and strengths of one’s classmates are emphasized. Assessment is based on the student’s willingness to participate fully, try hard and improve according to his/her own appropriate goals.

Active, healthy bodies are important to optimal learning; for this reason, in addition to instructional physical education Ancona students of all ages have opportunities for daily outdoor play beginning in the Kindergarten. Unstructured play is an essential aspect of children’s development, supporting their physical, social, emotional and intellectual learning. In our outdoor learning space students practice social learning, cooperation, leadership and conflict resolution skills. These opportunities also refresh the brain so that, as they return to their classes, students have a renewed ability to focus.
Physical Education is our most direct platform for building physical literacy, which is vital to students acquiring the skills and attitudes necessary for the development of healthy bodies and healthful habits that can have a life-long impact.

Through the P.E. program, we prepare students to move with confidence and fluency in a wide range of physical activities centered around rhythmic, recreation, fitness and sport pursuits.
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