1st and 2nd grade students enjoy running, chasing, catching, kicking and throwing. Many of the games and activities at this level are aimed at improving the fluidity and efficiency of these movements. Milestones at this level include the ability to better manage one's body and equipment within a shared space; quickly starting, stopping and changing direction; the ability to reproduce movement in short sequences; target accuracy skills also greatly improve. At this level students begin to develop an appreciation for practice. They practice and play alone, with partners and in small groups. Socially students begin working toward becoming comfortable taking turns and cooperating with peers within group games.
At 3rd and 4th grade level students are asked to more quickly combine and adapt discreet skills within modified games and activities. For example, sustaining a rally in a round where each member hits a shuttle once to accrue points as a group in badminton or completing a simple obstacle course while rollerskating. At this level students are able to keep objects in play longer, employ basic tactics and strategy, and begin to appreciate the relationship between practice, skill and form. Socially students enjoy working together in groups and begin thinking about movement in essential ways.
Students are challenged however to work at greater degrees of difficulty as they learn to integrate more complex movement patters into modified games where adaptation and decision making become factors.