Physical Education

Physical Education
2011-2012 - 2nd Semester
K-2 - Curriculum Summary
Students returned from Christmas break invigorated and
ready to learn. We began the semester with jumping skills.
Students learned to land softly by landing on the balls of their feet
and listening to the sound their feet make. When they land and
hear their feet stomp, it signals to them that they are landing flat
and need to shift their weight forward to the front of their feet and
keep their heels from hitting. They also work on bending their knees
to absorb the impact. Students practice onto and off of different
levels of steps and over different heights. They worked on using
their arms to help generate lift and height.
After practicing the skill of jumping independently, they incorporated it with
different types of equipment. Kindergartners focused on jumping rope. They worked with
short and long ropes. They developed the pattern and rhythm of
jumping and trying to maintain the rhythm while turning a rope.
Students were learning to keep their heads up, turning the rope
over their head and jumping over it. Children in first and second
grade focused on developing jumping patterns with jump bands
and Chinese jump ropes. The jump bands can be stationary so
the jumper develops a pattern. It can also become more
complex by incorporating the kids on the outside and having
them create a coordinated pattern as well. This unit culminated
in our annual Jump Rope for Heart event. One exciting thing
that occurred this year as we have incorporated the use of
electronic portfolios is that the kindergartners were videotaped
at the beginning of the unit and then again at the end. What a
joy to see the progress in their learning!
Our focus shifted to developing eyehand coordination through striking with
different types of equipment. Students began
catching objects on the face of a pickle-ball
racket that has a short handle to encourage
them to watch the object all the way to the
racket face. Then they worked on bouncing a
ball on the face of the racket and trying to
keep it going. Students focused on tracking
the ball as it bounced and moving their body
to ensure that it hits the racket face. Next we
increased the complexity by changing the
surface they had to hit with and made it
smaller by using a bat. They worked on having the appropriate grip and stance by
creating “knuckle sandwiches,” keeping their elbows up, and standing to the side of the
tee with their shoulder facing the target. Students then
learned how to measure how far away from the tee to
stand by holding the bat out in front of their body with their
arms extended so that they end of the bat aligned next to
the top of the tee. Next they worked on keeping their eyes
on the ball and swinging through. One cue that resonated
with many of the children was “hide your belly button” and
then “show your belly button.” What this caused children
to do was to rotate their trunk and generate momentum
and torque as they rotated through their swing, and it was
in language that they understood and made it visual. As
students gained confidence with contacting the ball off the
tee, they then worked off a toss. This raised the
complexity three-fold because not only are they tracking
the ball into the bat, their partner is trying to toss to a
specific point and trying to toss consistently so the batter
can practice. This proved to be quite a challenge, but
they enjoyed working through it.
Students also worked on striking with small
hockey sticks while seated on the scooter-boards and
passing a leading pass. We worked on the idea of
leading a person down the court with a pass. This
understanding and utilization of space in activities and
games will be expanded upon as they reach 3rd and
4th grade.
Throughout the year, students are developing the social side of play through how
they ask others to be their partner, how they encourage them by saying nice comments,
how they show their appreciation for each other, and by developing a sense of
teamwork. They learn that each person is unique and has differing strengths. Some are
great at throwing, others at catching, or striking, or dancing. No matter what their
strength or weakness is, we are a team and we stick together. I hope you have a great
summer and keep playing and being active throughout as a family.