The Lyme School •  Lyme, New Hampshire
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P.E. Instructional Guide

Grades K-2

Research has shown that physical activity increases stimulation of nerves in the brain, increasing attention, ability to think critically, and sustaining mental effort in academic tasks. Our PE program is aligned with the Physical Education National Standards and the New Hampshire curriculum guidelines. The program addresses the developing the whole child and emphasizes the three learning domains: cognitive, psychomotor, and social/emotional. Kindergarteners have PE twice a week for 40 minutes. First and second graders have PE twice a week for 50 minutes. Lessons are designed to reinforce the Lyme School Principles.

Emphasis is placed on skill acquisition and refinement throughout each grade level, with . the concept of wellness as the basis for all activities. Physical fitness, body awareness, and critical thinking and decision-making are naturally interwoven into the curriculum at developmentally appropriate levels.

Concepts and skills covered are:

  • Spatial Awareness, Perceptual Motor (Being aware of one’s body relative to others)
  • Locomotor Movements (Walk, jog, run, skip, hop, jump, gallop, slide, leap)
  • Balance (Static-still, Dynamic-moving)
  • Manipulative Skills (Tossing, Catching, Kicking, dribbling with hands and feet)
  • Visual, Tactile, Auditory Stimulation
  • Rhythmic (Dance)
  • Body Manipulation (Gymnastics-tumbling , body rolling)
  • Dodging and agility

Grades 3-5

Research has shown that physical activity increases stimulation of nerves in the brain, increasing attention, ability to think critically, and sustaining mental effort in academic tasks. Our PE program is aligned with the Physical Education National Standards and the New Hampshire curriculum guidelines. The program addresses the development of the whole child and emphasizes the three learning domains: cognitive, psychomotor, and social/emotional. Grades three to five meet for PE twice a week for 50 minutes. Lessons are designed to reinforce the Lyme School Principles.

Emphasis is placed on skill acquisition and refinement throughout each grade level, with . the concept of wellness as the basis for all activities. Physical fitness, body awareness, and critical thinking and decision-making are naturally interwoven into the curriculum at developmentally appropriate levels.

In grades three to five, PE begins to place more emphasis on applying skills to group situations. “Lead-up” games and small group work is emphasized to allow students to learn the importance of communication, creating strategies, and building on one’s strength within the group. In this context, we work on:

  • Fitness components
  • Refinement of locomotor movements
  • Refinement of manipulative skills
  • Fundamental stability skills (kicking, trapping, dodging)
  • Rhythmic and dance activities
  • Body manipulation (gymnastics, tumbling, and balance)

Grades 6-8

Research has shown that physical activity increases stimulation of nerves in the brain, increasing attention, ability to think critically, and sustaining mental effort in academic tasks. Our PE program is aligned with the Physical Education National Standards and the New Hampshire curriculum guidelines. The program addresses the development of the whole child and emphasizes the three learning domains: cognitive, psychomotor, and social/emotional. Grades six to eight meet for PE twice a week for 50 minutes. Lessons are designed to reinforce the Lyme School Principles.

Emphasis is placed on skill acquisition and refinement throughout each grade level, with the concept of wellness as the basis for all activities. Physical fitness, body awareness, and critical thinking and decision-making are naturally interwoven into the curriculum at developmentally appropriate levels.

Adolescents are learning to adapt to body changes and often students are learning to move in a “new” body. To accommodate these changes, PE in grades six to eight takes on a more formal group approach that allows for skills (communication skills, leadership skills, and physical skills) to be used and applied in a more refined, specific manner. Physical Education at this level also involves fitness components and concepts to allow for connections to be made between skill and total fitness acquisition.

Fitness concepts covered in grades six to eight:

  • Throwing and catching
  • Striking with body parts and implements (low level and high level)
  • Body management
  • Body manipulation