The Joseph Sears School Physical Education and Health curriculum is a skills-based fitness program that allows students to work at their own level of proficiency, while working towards mastery of skills. The Physical Education and Health department incorporates fitness on a regular basis in order to empower all students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.
- That daily physical activity and health literacy are essential to the whole child.
- Each student has differing abilities and aptitudes for learning motor skills. The rate and style at which motor skills are mastered also differ among students and within each student from time to time.
- In the value of fitness practices to increase lifetime activity and reduce sedentary behaviors.
- That by integrating physical fitness into the broad range of activities that children enjoy, a bond is established between gaining and maintaining fitness and having fun while playing alone or with others.
- In the importance of demonstrating sportsmanship, teamwork and cooperation while participating in Physical Education and Health activities.
- In providing an active, caring, supportive and nonthreatening atmosphere in which every student is challenged and successful.
- That all children can improve their health thereby enhancing their ability to learn and be successful in school.
- That physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.
- That assessment must be continuous and is a vital part of the Physical Education/Health program.
- A variety of evaluative techniques will be used for determining individual differences and needs of students.
- Parents and community members are vital components for the success of the program.