Grade Level Happenings
As the weather warms up, it is especially important to make sure our young athletes stay hydrated. Please consider sending your child with a refillable water bottle. This will ensure that they can stay in class while staying hydrated. As a reminder, all Oakland Avenue students are required to wear tennis/athletic shoes to school each day – even on non-uniform days. This is for their safety and comfort. Especially if your kiddo has P.E. in the afternoon, they may be more comfortable in shorts or a skirt.
In the coming weeks, third through fifth grade students will be participating in fitness testing. This is a great way for them to see how far their physical fitness has come this year! Kindergarten through second grade students will be working on skills that can be used to stay fit at home.
Kicking off the year right!
As we start off 2018, our students are working on their ball-handling skills. They are exploring ways to throw and catch as well dribble the ball with their hands and feet. The emphasis for this unit is on control and practice. Students are encouraged to only move as quickly as their degree of control will allow. You can help your student along by playing games that involve catching, throwing, passing, and dribbling such as catch, football, basketball and soccer. Not only will this give them the practice they need to progress but it’s also a fun way to get in a little exercise!
Finishing the year strong!
As 2017 came to a close, our students were learning about the five areas of health-related fitness: heart and lung endurance or cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. We explored some traditional exercises for fitness as well as other ways to keep fit such as dance and creative movement.
Our third through fifth grade students have just finished up their beginning of the year fitness testing. These tests are designed to help the students understand what their current fitness level is. With this knowledge, students will set goals for where they hope to be at the end of the school year when we will be again assessing their fitness levels again.
Our kindergarten through second grade students have completed lessons in basic motor skills and have moved on to activities that will help them apply those skills in new and challenging ways.
All of our students are being introduced to High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) as means of increasing and maintaining physical fitness. At the beginning of each class period, our students will participate in 2-4 minutes of HIIT training prior to receiving the day's lesson. Recent studies suggest that HIIT not only increases physical fitness, but also increases attentiveness and reduces fidgeting and off-task behaviors.
This week the students will be learning the rules and procedures that will help them have a safe, productive school year. As always, you can help your student be successful in P.E. by making sure that they bring a water bottle and wear athletic shoes.
As a reminder, students receive a grade for the work they do in Specials. The grading rubric for physical education is below. Please take the time to review it so that you are familiar with the expectations.