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Physical Education

Physical Education is not just a class a child attends a couple of times a week to play games. It involves the whole child: we learn movement skills beneficial for daily life, study how regular exercise and healthy diet are an important lifestyle choice, and discover how to work as a team and how sportsmanship affects those around us.

Rivendell's PE curriculum is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. Areas covered in Rivendell Physical Education include Psychomotor skills (movement competence and understanding), Cognitive understanding skills (of games, rules, personal health and wellness), and Psychosocial skills (teamwork, sportsmanship, safety).  We use numerous activities to teach, but physical activity is always our aim.  Lessons may be occasionally supplemented with a "chalk talk", but even more "academic" PE subjects are taught in a movement-oriented, active and engaging way.

Here is an outline of the physical education program's developmental areas, and some of the sorts of activities we use to teach them.

Rivendell PE Curriculum Outline

DEVELOPMENT AREAS

PSYCHOMOTOR

  • Personal and general space
  • Locomotor skills
  • Sending (throwing, kicking, striking)
  • Receiving (catching, trapping)
  • Balance and proprioception
  • Jumping and landing

COGNITIVE

  • Game rules
  • Game strategy
  • Fitness concepts
  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy & physiology

PSYCHOSOCIAL

  • Sportsmanship
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Safety
ACTIVITIES

TRADITIONAL GAMES

  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Ultimate (disc)
  • Track and field events
  • Kickball
  • Tag games

INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES

  • Jump rope
  • Yoga
  • Tumbling
  • Juggling
  • Balance beam
  • Fun Run

COOPERATIVE ACTIVITIES

  • Jump rope
  • Platform transfer
  • Parachute
  • Fitness and nutrition illustrations
  • Anatomy and physiology illustrations
  • Invent-a-game