Park Century’s physical education program emphasizes sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, and respect. Our daily program provides a dynamic and encouraging environment that incorporates different elements of age-appropriate physical activity and instruction to help develop each student’s commitment to life-long health and willingness to push beyond their own expectations. All students, regardless of their athletic skills, benefit from the wide array of activities offered in class and the various opportunities to participate.
The gym is considered an extension of the classroom where students are encouraged to persevere, develop resilience and support one another’s efforts. Students develop their confidence through participation in sports activities with their peers, improving their coordination, developing spatial awareness and applying their understanding of sports in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
Lower School (grades 2nd – 4th)
Every class starts out with a routine warm-up, exercises, and running laps around the gym.
Lower School students focus on the acquisition of skills and the ongoing reinforcement of those skills necessary for successful participation in both neighborhood play and team sports. Gross motor development is an important part of the program at this level, as is building strength and endurance. Individual skills that are addressed are catching, throwing, batting, running, and following directions in a variety of different active situations.
Middle School (grades 5th – 6th)
In addition to the daily conditioning, the middle school program emphasizes helping students to advance their skills whether they are an experienced or developing athlete. Although not strongly competitive, students are provided direct instruction on how to participate more effectively in such team sports as volleyball, baseball, flag-football, basketball, and soccer. Students learn to play cooperatively without feeling threatened by the physical interactions that can occur during group sports. Students learn to apply their developing skills incrementally, both at Park Century and outside of school, while improving their sportsmanship, team cooperation and level of understanding of specific sports’ rules.
Upper School (grades 7th – 8th)
P.E. for upper school focuses even more on the importance of cooperative team participation and sportsmanship. Rules and strategies are incorporated into every session and time is spent dissecting the rules, techniques and fundamentals of sports and fitness. In addition, students expand their understanding of the importance of exercising and the need for proper warm-up and conditioning. Time is also spent teaching students how to win and lose while demonstrating integrity, empathy and maturity.