Physical Education - Classes by Grade

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St. Catherine of Siena School Mission Statement

St. Catherine of Siena school, deeply rooted in its Catholic faith, fosters spiritual development, academic excellence, and commitment to serve others.

Physical Education Mission Statement

As Catholic educators, we are committed to teaching the whole child – academically, spiritually, and physically.  Through the physical education program students will be encouraged to grow, challenge themselves, and foster their individual talents to be the best Christians they can be.  Teaching the value of physical activity and its contribution to a healthy, active lifestyle is integral to our goal of lifelong fitness.

National Standards for Physical Education

Physical activity is critical to the development and maintenance of good health.  The goal of physical education is to develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

A physically educated person:

Standard 1: Demonstrates competence in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.

Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.

Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

The national standards demonstrate that physical education has academic standing equal to other subject areas.  They describe achievement, show that knowledge and skills matter, and confirm that mere willing participation is not the same as education.  In short, national physical education standards bring accountability and rigor to the profession. 

  • Movement Skills – Physical performance involves competency in a wide range of motor, non-morot and manipulative skills.  Learning is developmental, building simple movements into more complex patterns.
  • Physical Activity – Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness based upon continual self-assessment.  Regular physical activity is necessary to sustain fitness and health.
  • Safety, injury prevention, and personal responsibility – Learn skills to ensure health and safety such as conflict resolution, accepting responsibility for yourself and others, treating others with respect and using safe practices.