Physical Education – Middle School (grades 5-8)

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During these years students increasingly make more decisions and develop leadership skills as they work with partners and in small groups. Together they work to complete and present assignments such as karate forms, gymnastics routines, and refereeing peer contests. There is an intentional focus on sportsmanship as a value in these years, as students are challenged to observe and articulate the nuances in rules and etiquette that should be observed for each individual sport and/or activity. Another major focus of the middle school years is learning to properly stretch and strengthen all the major muscle groups and body parts while adjusting to their frequently changing bodies. As in the primary grades achievement in the middle school is assessed on an individual curve. Additionally, students are also assessed on their ability to respond and incorporate teacher feedback. In the middle school units are also introduced over the course of a two-year rotation.

5th and 6th grade students enjoy putting into practice their maturing skills. During these two years students work towards achieving proficiency in all major movement patterns, using them within a given context. At this level students have a broadened sphere of awareness, which allows them to begin to integrate the psychomotor (doing), cognitive (thinking) and affective (feelings/motivation) aspects of an activity.

7th and 8th grade students work to move from proficiency to fluency in their movement patterns. They engage in more advanced movement patterns such as playing roles within a given offense or completing an extended series of yoga postures in succession. Additional emphasis is placed on knowing one’s own body, increasing stamina and thoughtful self and peer assessment.
Throughout the middle school years, students continue to participate in regular physical education classes and use Physical Literacy concepts as a means of sustaining fitness and health and for social enjoyment.

They continue to develop valuable team-building skills while working toward greater individual competencies.
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