The Physical Education program at OHDS provides all students with motor skill development, a healthy self-image as they grow and develop at their own individual rates, and social development to engender teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for others.
Motor Skills and Movement Knowledge: This involves understanding of how the body moves and what external forces affect that movement.
Self-Image and Personal Development: This focuses on the understanding that each person’s body develops and grows at different rates. This gives each student the acceptance and appreciation of individuality.
Social Development: Our emphasis is on learning to respect others, appreciating diversity in our society, and applying positive social norms and values. This reinforces the acceptance of fairness, equality, and working together toward a common goal.
Each grade is at a different stage of development. Here are some age-appropriate goals:
K-2nd grade – They will learn to perform simple motor skills while stationary and in movement. Walking, running, jumping, skipping, kicking, throwing, and catching are some of the skills we focus on at this stage. We encourage students to develop a positive self-image and attitude, a sense of teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Activities to enhance these skills include group games and relays that focus on skill and effort, rather than competition.
3-5th grade – They will learn volleying, dribbling various objects, rope jumping, and throwing and catching, while applying various forces. Activities to improve these skills include group games along with individual skill games to promote growth and development. Students will participate in exercises and stretching to enhance their physical fitness.
6-8th grade – Students will learn that teamwork and participation in games and activities are key to reaching common goals. They will focus more on the development of skills to increase success in games. Students will work to increase speed, stamina, strength, accuracy and overall fitness level. Students will participate in physical-related tests throughout the year.