K-3 P.E. finished up the second quarter with Kickball and Team Handball. Both sports presented dynamics from other popular sports: Baseball and Basketball. As the students learned the rules of Kickball, they were able to improve their judgment by choosing good opportunities to run from base to base and give their teams the best chance to be successful. They even incorporated our scooters to turn the game into a different challenge!
Team Handball also presented its trials but the students caught on quickly. We began with basketball basics such as passing and dribbling and transitioned into beating the goalkeepers by scoring goals. When we introduced defense, students began to understand the challenges they face with opposition. Much like Kickball though, students improved their decision making skills and moved the ball quickly to achieve success!
What an awesome first semester for our 4th and 5th graders in P.E. class! We finished our Presidential Physical Fitness tests with great news. Each grade made significant gains over last year's results and all due to the hard work and efforts of our students. Our Hockey and Pillo-Pollo units were a great success with all students learning positioning, team play and skills. Our tournament at the end of the unit was definitely the highlight. As we enter the second semester and a new year beginning the first thing is the long distance run for all and then we will begin a rope jumping unit to help us prepare for our "Jump Rope for Heart" activity. We will also begin to practice and learn the skills needed for our 2nd Olympic Field day. Coming up is a Football unit and a Frisbee Golf unit. Things are really progressing for all of the students as our Lifetime Fitness and Physical Literacy is always our most important focus!