Why PE Every Day?
For physical education in our Lower School, we provide an environment that is fun, safe, and developmentally appropriate. Three main skills are emphasized throughout the year:
- Body Management - involves controlling your body and balance in a variety of settings, such as stopping, turning, bending, swinging, etc., and an understanding your body parts and being able to control them within your own space and around others.
- Locomotion - the movements the body takes on the go. This could be running, skipping, walking, hopping, leaping, etc. We use warm-up exercises to incorporate these.
- Object-Control - involves eye-hand or eye-foot coordination in manipulating a piece of apparatus such as balloons, balls, hula-hoops, bean bags, etc.
In every gym class, we participate in an activity that involves all three skills using a piece of equipment. We warm up with a non-competitive tag game targeted toward locomotion skills. We then move on to another skill. For example, students may be asked to keep a balloon in the air with various parts of their body, and we move on by having them keep the balloon in the air using an apparatus, such as noodle. At the end of the week, we have Fun Friday, where eight stations are set up to encompass all the games and skills learned during the week. Lastly, we create an environment that shows cooperation, teamwork, sharing, and a responsibility for their surroundings.
The role that physical education can play as part of the broader academic curriculum seems to be understated and overlooked. Physical education can encourage more students to engage in physical activity and increase self-esteem. The Association for Physical Education maintains that a high-quality program fosters the physical, moral, social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual development of pupils. But the many aims for physical education – such as health promotion, skills development, as well as a focus on social and moral issues – has confused the subject and has done little to further the educational experiences in practice. It has been argued that PE offers more entertainment than education.
- Enhances an individual’s ability to concentrate and maintain focus: Related Article - Exercise Ideas to Support Children with Autism and ADHD
- Essential for healthy growth and development: In today’s world, many school children eat unhealthy foods. These may include fries, soft drinks, pizzas, and burgers. Consuming these regularly can lead to childhood obesity.
- Prevents sleep deprivation: A complete night’s sleep is an essential component of a happy and healthy life. Those students who take part in physical activities and exercise regularly have a tired and exhausted body which craves a good night’s sleep.
- Helps in relieving stress and anxiety: School life is hectic for every individual. Therefore, taking part in physical activities and education allows students to reduce their academic stress and anxiety. Pressure might be due to a fight with a friend or a low grade despite hard work. Stressed students are not able to concentrate and focus on their academic performance if they are not allowed time to de-stress.
- Physical education makes an individual flexible and happy: Balancing exercise and stretching helps improve physical balance, which decreases the chances of injuries. Those students who make physical education as important as their schoolwork become more flexible in their routine life. Such activities make the body elastic and supple. It allows an individual to manage both a physical and mental workload. Scientific research reveals the fact that physical education in school helps in improving the connections between neurons of the brain. Healthy and well-connected neurons help improve the over-all thinking ability of students. Thus, making them better students in the classroom.