At Rockwern Academy, physical education is accomplished through movement. We support the idea that children crave opportunities for success, approval, peer acceptance, social competency, physical fitness, adventure, creative satisfaction and rhythmic expression. We believe students are unique in terms of needs and learning capabilities and that all children have the right to reach their maximum potential. Therefore, our curriculum provides a developmentally appropriate opportunity for such achievement. We offer a positive, nurturing environment for students to develop personal and health fitness habits, to enhance movement competency and motor skills, and to gain a conceptual understanding of movement principles. Our focus is to teach our students about the importance of having a physically active lifestyle by helping them to value wellness, understand the physiological benefits of exercise, perform a variety of movements competently, and appreciate the joy of activity.
The school’s facilities include a full-size gymnasium with six baskets (four adjustable heights), a smaller gym area with wall mats better suited for younger children, and an adjoining city park with a grassy area, climbing structure, and ball fields.
Students in grades K-8 participate in Physical Education twice a week for 45 minutes each time.
Grades K – 2
In kindergarten through second grade, students learn about movement concepts related to space, effort, and relationships. They work on developing locomotor and non-locomotor skills in a variety of ways. Students develop control of fundamental manipulative skills. Our physical education program also teaches the children about good health habits and physical fitness. Through play, students learn the importance of safe practices and procedures as well as appropriate social skills such as good sportsmanship, respect, teamwork, community, and critical thinking skills.
Grades 3 – 5
In grades three through five, students learn to combine locomotor and non-locomotor skills into movement patterns and apply the critical elements of fundamental manipulative skills in a variety of physical activities. Students begin to develop more complex motor skills as they learn about the principles, components, and practices of health-related physical fitness. With the introduction of games and sports, students learn to understand the purpose of and apply appropriate rules, procedures, and safe practices in a physical activity setting. Students engage in activities which promote self-challenge, self-expression, and social/group interaction.
Grades 6 – 8
In grades six through eight, students are able to demonstrate movement skills and patterns in a variety of activities. These skills allow for successful participation in various sports, games, and other physical activities such as dance, jump rope, and gymnastics. Students understand the principles, components, and practice of health-related fitness. This, in turn, allows the opportunity for students to create and monitor a personal plan for physical activity. Through participation in games and sports, students learn to apply tactical concepts and performance principles as well as develop skills in effective communication with others to promote respect and conflict resolution.
This year, we began implementing a standards-based curriculum for grades 3-6 called SPARK that includes integration of academic content, home play (a take-home page to reinforce instruction and increase physical activity levels away from school) and wellness which introduces students to the five components of health-related fitness as well as the FITT principle.