In Primary Physical Education we aim for the development of concepts, knowledge, attitudes and skills that will help our students make informed choices that contribute for their well-being. The Physical Education at Uplands is more than the participation in sports and games. Its purpose is to develop a combination of transferable skills and as such we often collaborate with the homeroom teachers to further develop the student’s inquiry and enrich the schools programme of inquiry.
The IB learner profile is present in all PYP and physical education is no different we aim to develop international minded students and often reflect about the profile during our units.
We favour a holistic approach that encompasses emotional, social, physical and cognitive development, with a particular emphasis in developing and maintaining relationships with others and encouraging healthy choices that will contribute for an active and healthy lifestyle. We have diverse and balanced programme where students can learn about movement and through movement in a variety of different contexts. All lessons are forty minutes long, Students have two lessons of physical education per week and two swimming lessons per week. .
In Physical Education we develop six units during the academic year with the following learning experiences:
- Individual pursuits: The development of basic motor skills and the body’s capacity for movement through locomotor and manipulative skills and/or experiences; the techniques, rules and purpose of a range of athletic activities (for example, track and field, swimming, skating, skiing); recognizing a high level of achievement and how to improve a performance.
- Movement composition: Recognizing that movements can be linked together and refined to create a sequence of aesthetic movements. Movements can be in response to stimuli or performance elements and/or criteria and can communicate feelings, emotions and ideas (for example, gymnastics, dance*, martial arts).
- Games: Recognizing the challenges presented by games; the importance of manipulating space; the categorizing of games; identifying and developing appropriate skills and strategies; recognizing the importance of rules and how they define the nature of a game; modifying existing games and creating new games; teamwork.
- Adventure challenges: A variety of tasks requiring the use of physical and critical-thinking skills by Individuals and/or groups; challenges that require groups to work together collaboratively in order to solve problems and accomplish a common goal; recognizing the role of the individual in group problem solving.
- Health-related fitness: Recognizing and appreciating the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle; the body’s response to exercise including the interaction of body systems and the development of physical fitness.
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