Middle School students take physical education year-long. Every student is provided with the opportunity to be successful regardless of his or her abilities. The activities cover a broad range and are both team and individual in nature focusing on skill development. Each unit is about two weeks long.
The five elements of fitness (muscle strength, muscle endurance, cardio/respiratory endurance, flexibility, and body composition) are also focused on throughout the year to help teach students how to be physically active in a variety of ways and build a foundation for lifelong fitness. There is a health/wellness curriculum in grades six and seven with students spending one day a week in a classroom during second and third quarter focusing on a variety of health/wellness related topics.
In sixth grade Physical Education, the emphasis is on introducing multiple sports and activities that target many different criteria. Sports and activities range from some non-traditional activities like orienteering, rockwall, circus, Speed-a-way, team building/cooperative games, jump Rope, Sepak Takraw, and dance, to more traditional activities like volleyball, basketball, badminton, Frisbee, and much more. Content interwoven throughout activities includes the Health Related Components of Fitness, Skill Related Components of Fitness, the muscular and skeletal systems, and the FITT principle.
Students study Health topics once a month in a classroom. Topics include goal setting, time management, organization, social and emotional health, stress, depression, suicide, nutrition, drugs and alcohol, sexuality, and human growth and development. Sixth grade students explore the surface layer of many activities and sports and refine those skills as they progress through the UPrep Physical Education experience.
In seventh grade Physical Education, the major emphasis is skill development. Units are approximately 2 weeks in length. Examples include Ultimate, soccer, badminton, floor hockey, modified cricket, and lacrosse. Within these units, students explore the Five Components of Fitness, skill-related fitness and the FITT principle. In the Fall and Spring, students focus on cardiorespiratory endurance with longer jogs and culminate with a jog around Greenlake. Throughout the year the seventh graders go into the classroom for one week lessons on the following health topics: nutrition, social and emotional health, stress management, depression, suicide prevention, drugs and alcohol, media/digital literacy/cyberbullying, as well as human growth and development.
This course provides students with the opportunity to continue their physical education experience in a variety of ways. This includes learning about health topics such as suicide and depression and drugs and alcohol. Students also learn fitness related components such as training principles and goal setting, participate in non-traditional fitness activities, fitness testing, and team and lifelong sports. In addition, students are introduced to the weight room and complete a Personal Fitness Plan. They also demonstrate the principles and guidelines of a healthy physical lifestyle and become physically literate!