The physical education curriculum provides for systematic instruction in a wide variety of activities to enhance motor, social, and physical development of individuals through body movement. These activities include team sports, lifetime sports, outdoor recreational activities, self-testing activities, structured and unstructured rhythmical experiences and activities to develop and maintain an optimal level of physical fitness.
They physical education program is divided into three trimesters. A scope and sequence is prepared for each trimester based on weather conditions, school activities, as well as holidays and events. Classes and/or groups of students rotate through different units of activity based on the trimester scope and sequence.
Students in preschool and prekindergarten attend physical education classes three times a week and kindergarten through fourth grade attend daily for thirty minutes, while middle school students attend daily for 45 minutes.
Students are asked to try their best and not give up. For grading in conduct the following criteria will be implemented: 1) handling problems appropriately or acceptably, 2) being considerate to self, other and/or things, and 3) finding ways to communicate in a supportive manner. One instructor will evaluate students each trimester with input from other physical education staff members that have also worked with the student during that time.
Students are encouraged to create value in their class. All they have to do is bring a willingness to get better.
Example Characteristics of an AOS Physical Education class:
- Emphasizes knowledge and skills for a lifetime of physical activity.
- Is based on national standards that define what students should know and be able to do.
- Keep students active for most of the class time.
- Provides many different physical activity choices.
- Meets needs of all students, especially those who are not athletically gifted
- Features cooperative, as well as competitive, games
- Develops student’s self-confidence and eliminates practices that humiliate students.
- Assesses students on their progress in reaching goals, not on whether they achieve an absolute standard.
- Promotes physical activity outside of school
- Teaches self-management skills such as goal-setting and self-monitoring.
- Actively teaches cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation in physical activity.
- Is an enjoyable experience for students.