Middle School students explore and develop their health and fitness in a variety of ways in P.E. class. Each student is provided with the opportunity to be successful regardless of their abilities to help develop their foundation for lifelong fitness. Our units are designed to incorporate traditional and non-traditional activities, as well as individual activities and team sports. There is also a health and wellness curriculum throughout all three grades to help deepen student’s physical and health literacy.
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!