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The physical education program at Sullins stresses participation and involvement for all children from preschool through eighth grade. The program is designed so that children can learn to develop and incorporate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to lead physically active and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught that physical health and wellness are lessons for life, and not just school years. The curriculum provides a program to meet the needs of various age and skill levels.
Movement education and balance activities are the main focus in the lower grades. Space awareness and tag games help improve children’s peripheral vision while moving in space. The value of teamwork is emphasized as the students begin to learn various team sports in later grades.
Reﬁnement of motor skills, hand/eye coordination and physical ﬁtness activities are stressed in the intermediate grades.
Middle school physical education focuses on individual/team sports and lifetime sports which will lead to active living. Emphasis is placed on building physical skills, encouraging good sportsmanship and learning to follow sport speciﬁc rules.
The character traits of our school are incorporated in the physical education program on a daily basis. Preschool and Kindergarten meet once a week. First through eighth grades meet twice a week. All students participate in recess daily under the direction of the classroom teachers.
Students in grades one through eight participate in the Soaring Eagles Fitness testing, which is given biannually in the fall and again in the spring to measure student’s upper body muscle strength, cardio-vascular endurance, and core strength. Fourth and ﬁfth graders also participate in the P.E. Challenge, designed to encourage children to practice a variety of motor skills, many of which are contained in the National Standards. Students have the opportunity to earn gold, silver and bronze lapel pins to wear on their school uniforms.
At the beginning of each school year, middle school students are also educated in the importance of sufﬁcient sleep. Students learn the beneﬁts of proper sleep patterns as they pertain to focus both in the classroom and in sports. Students are also taught the importance of healthy eating habits. Sullins Academy physical education classes are small in size, providing the opportunity to work on speciﬁc skills. Enrichment blocks are scheduled with the middle school so that students from an entire grade level can come together to participate in games.
The “Heart Power” curriculum is incorporated in the physical education program, to study of the effects of exercise on the heart. The culminating event after this unit is the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart.” Lower and intermediate school students participate simultaneously, developing physical ﬁtness as well as a sense of community with their peers and teachers.
All Sullins Academy students are strongly encouraged to participate in physical activities and sports outside of school hours. It is important that students and parents share the responsibility of lifelong heath.