Preschool through grade 8 all have physical education once each week. Below is an overview of the physical education classes at Immaculate Conception School.
Preschool: Being the youngest students, PE class is approached slowly. Special attention is placed on listening skills. Students learn to follow multiple directions by participating in activities that not only develop gross and fine motor skills but also enhance their ability to follow directions. The year begins with very simple activities but as the school year progresses the activities become more challenging. This progression is very gradual and very successful. Please remember to wear sneakers and clothing that the students can move in. Girls with long hair must tie it back (safety reasons).
Grades Kindergarten through Grade 2: Theses students are now ready to do much more. Gross and fine motor skills are still emphasized but the addition of cooperative activities enhances their PE experience. Activities that progress with the class creates an environment that is fun yet challenging. Students learn to work together, develop their personal skills at their own pace and learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Sportsmanship is a key element of physical education. My students learn to respect others and themselves. God has made us all very different and it is the differences that make us so special.
Grades 3 and 4: These are transition years in physical education. More emphasis is put on team activities. The class develops more specific skills and how to apply them to team games. For some students this is very easy for others this is a great challenge. Skills are taught slowly, practiced and then introduced into a game situation. Sportsmanship is a part of every class. Individuals learn to demonstrate respect to everyone. Our theme is to be a humble winner and gracious in defeat. The skills we are developing are for the activities listed in grade 5 through 8.
Grades 5 through 8: Now the skills that students have been developing since preschool come together. The sportsmanship, the gross/fine motor skills and team mentality are evident in the activities listed below. In addition, students will revisit some games of the past, develop personal fitness plans and learn a tremendous amount about healthy eating habits.
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Physical education is not only about fitness but also healthy eating. All grades learn about the importance of making healthy choices when it comes to their food. Throughout the school year students explore ways to take care of their bodies for a lifetime and how the choices they make now will affect their health as they age. Good eating habits and personal fitness are all elements of physical education at Immaculate Conception school.
In addition to physical education class there are afterschool activities for ICS students. The activities listed below occur at various times during the school year. Please visit the physical education web site each month to see when these fun activities are offered.
Grades 5-8 Ultimate Frisbee Afterschool
Grades 7 & 8 Archery Afterschool
Grades 5-8 Fall One-Mile Fun Run
Grades 4-8 Spring One-Mile Fun-Run
Grades 1-8 Speed Stacks Club Afterschool
Physical education can be fun but for some students it can be a great source of stress. Be assured that your student will never be embarrassed or placed in a situation that is too uncomfortable for them. Students leave physical education feeling good about themselves and the abilities God has given them. The Lord made us all perfectly and wonderfully. We all have been blessed with different gifts and talents. ICS students recognize that they were created by a God that does not make mistakes and that they are each special.