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Physical Education Curriculum

A curriculum describes what students should be learning through the grades. It should give clear statements of goals and objectives and should leave to teachers the decisions about how to realize them. Our faculty is high professional, knowledgeable, caring and committed to the individualized development of the whole child, therefore each teacher must decide how best to deliver the academic concepts in his/her curriculum.

A good curriculum should be organized clearly and structured logically within and between subjects and from grade to grade. It must be standards based, student focused, and goal oriented to build the foundation for future learning. It should gradually become more complex and difficult in terms of skills and objectives.

While IAS is structured to assure that all students who attend can, go on to higher education, its primary aim is to develop all aspects of the individual student. We want our students to know and respect themselves and others, and to develop their individual strengths.

IAS seeks to stimulate and develop intellectual curiosity, critical and analytical thinking, as well as develop a foundation for information processing at higher levels. It is our goal that our students would be life long learners and constructively question the world around them. We want them gain the ability to analyze critically and objectively. We encourage them to seek to change, to challenge themselves to make a difference

IAS expects its students to work hard and to meet these challenges. It is only through continued maintenance of its standards and of the full partnership of the IAS learning community that our students can fulfill these goals.

The Physical Education program follows a carefully defined curriculum that encourages greater understanding of the importance of promoting wholesome physical development.

The program is designed to meet the needs of the individual child and to create positive experiences that will enhance the child’s ability to develop his or her body to the fullest. At the same time, it provides the child with the tools necessary to make healthy decisions about exercise and future athletic and recreational activities. All students receive equal opportunities to reach their potential and are encouraged to progress at individual rates. Our primary goal is to provide maximum opportunity for children to enjoy physical activity and thus realize that it is a desirable and worthwhile endeavor, one they will want to continue throughout their lives. In Kindergarten and Grades One and Two, the P.E. curriculum is a balanced design that enhances perceptual/motor skills and develops basic movements in response to varying space, time, force, and flow. Students participate in activities that improve balance, endurance, strength, flexibility, and agility. They also experience movement though creative games, traditional games, and rhythms. Appropriate social behaviors are developed by working independently and with others during planned physical activities. In Grades Three through Six, a more specific program of skills development is followed. Students practice and become more proficient in lead-up skills to team sports and participate in a full range of physical activities such as rhythms/dance, physical fitness, basic movement skills, and lifetime sports. Social development continues to be emphasized, as is a positive self-image. Students learn to evaluate their own capabilities and to establish realistic personal goals.