Students’ involvement in Physical Education ranges from individual, non-competitive movement activities through to competitive team games. We want all students to develop physical literacy, which involves improving physical skills and fitness, understanding attitudes and emotions that motivate them to be active, knowledge and understanding of how, why and when they move and exhibiting the social skills to be active with others.
Emphasis in Physical Education is placed upon students developing fundamental motor skills (FMS) and game sense to improve individual and team performance. Students’ progress from the development of FMS to the performance of complex movement patterns that form part of team games. They learn how developing physical capacity in areas such as strength, flexibility and endurance is related to both fitness and physical performance. Students’ progress from learning simple rules and procedures to enable them to participate in movement and physical activity safely, to using more complex equipment confidently, co-operating with their peers and creatively developing their own rules and games.
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Prep students enjoy participating in our school’s Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) during their weekly Physical Education lesson. The program develops gross and fine motor skills, balance, spatial awareness, communication and appropriate behaviours. In each lesson, small groups of students rotate around four different activities with a leader at each station to guide them. The activities include: fundamental motor skills of throwing and catching balls, running, jumping etc. Additional activities are: dancing, skipping and obstacle courses.
Bike Education aims to educate students in Years 4-6 in cycling skills and road safety. Each student brings a roadworthy bicycle and helmet to school to participate in the program. Students ride their bike in the school ground practising steering, balance and stopping. They are also taught traffic skills of positioning, scanning and signalling. When competent, students ride on local streets around the school. Senior students ride to Chelsea (Grade 6) and Black Rock (Grade 5) and back to further develop their traffic and endurance skills. Students also complete a traffic theory component to further their understanding of road rules, road signage, hazard identification and basic bicycle maintenance. All Grade 6 students complete a formal practical road assessment at the conclusion of the program.
Each student participates in an intensive two week learn to swim program each year, with a focus on stroke development and correction, water safety and confidence. This is complemented by an Advanced Biomechanics Swimming program offered to our senior students (Grade 5/6) to extend and challenge our strongest swimmers. We hold a House Swimming carnival in Term 1 each year, which is an optional activity for Grade 3-6. This also acts as trials for our District Swimming team. We also provide Open Water Learning experiences for our Grade 5/6 students on a Bi-annual basis provided by Life Saving Victoria.