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K-8 Course Descriptions » Physical Education

Physical Education

The SPS Physical Education Curriculum is wholly provided by the YMCA and is adapted from their “Fit-For-Life” Program for Grades K-8.  The program is intended to ultimately foster healthy, physically active lifestyles in students.  


Highlights include:

  • Formal weekly gym class for all grades, K-8
  • Presidential Physical Fitness Award Assessments & Testing for Grades 4-8.
  • Classroom+ opportunity for gym recess
  • Developmentally appropriate activities and progressive skill building intended to encourage a lifetime commitment to physical fitness
  • Christian approach emphasized in regards to teamwork, appreciation of individual diversity, respect for others, and attitude development toward winning and losing.
  • Annual all-day “Crazy Olympics,” in which teams comprised of students from all grade levels compete in a variety of creative relay races  
  • Individualized goal setting geared toward improving self-esteem
  • Gym class focus on
    • Locomotor & Non-Locomotor Movements
    • Exercises – Stretching
    • Games of Low Organization (Primary grades)
    • Games of Low / High Organization (Intermediate and Middle School grades)
    • Rhythmic Movements & Rhythmic Dance
    • Warm up/Cool down exercises
    • Vigorous Exercises – Stretching (introduced in Middle School)
    • Aerobics (introduced in Middle School)
    • Resistance Training (introduced in Middle School)