Elementary Physical Education
Physical Education is an essential component of the total educational experience for all elementary age children. Senate House Bill 610 requires 150 minutes each week of physical education for students in grades K-5 and requires at least 30 consecutive minutes of physical education on any day during which physical education instruction is conducted. Certified physical education teachers are responsible for the delivery of the curriculum. Classroom teachers and other personnel as designated by the administration serve as additional resources for the 150 minute mandate.
Grades 1-5 Physical Education Curricula and assessments are not gender specific, are standards based, and grade level specific. The order of content delivery is implemented at the discretion of the physical education department. District physical fitness and content knowledge assessments are administered along with additional formative assessments.
The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Grade K-5 Physical Education includes but is not limited to: the development of movement skills, the development of physical fitness, an understanding and application of movement concepts and the development of positive attitudes and values about movement. The following are the concepts outlined by the Grades K-5 Sunshine State Standards: Aquatics, Assessment, Benefits of Physical Activity, Catching, Chasing, Fleeing & Dodging, Dribbling, Educational Dance, Educational Gymnastics, Fitness Assessment, Fitness Principles, Flexibility, Goal-setting, Health-Related Physical Fitness, Jumping & Landing, Lifestyle Behaviors, Locomotor Skills, Moderate and Vigorous Physical Activity, Movement Concepts & Patterns, Muscular Strength and Endurance, Nutrition, Physical Activity Opportunities, Goals and Preferences, Offense and Defense, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, Safety Rules and Procedures, Skill Applications, Striking with Body Parts, Striking with Implements, Striking with Long Handled Implements, Technology, Throwing and Warm-up and Cool-down. Sportsmanship & Responsible Behavior concepts: Cooperation, Respect, Conflict Resolution and Sportsmanship are integrated into all content areas.
Content is taught through one, two and/or three week instructional units for each content topic. The duration of instructional units varies for each content topic based on individual student needs. Facilities and space are scheduled on a rotating basis according to the content that is taught. The use of instructional space should be a coordinated effort between the physical education department, the site administrator and classroom teachers.