What is Developmental Physical Education?The term Developmental focuses on the outcomes to be achieved by the student, as a result of participation in the physical education program. Each student’s unique physical, social, emotional and intellectual development is considered when determining how the outcomes are to be achieved. Through an individualized approach, which recognizes personal interests and abilities, and appropriate expectations are determined. Instruction adaptations are also considered during a Developmental Physical Education class they included but are not limited to: determining the pace of instruction, providing appropriate independent and guided practices, modifying equipment. Through an integrated and child centered approach, children develop a positive self-image and learn to feel good about themselves. Children discover that learning through moving is not only fun but also helps improve the quality of their life.The below skills and fitness activities are practiced in addition to giving the children an introduction to lessons that will be taught in their regular, up-coming PE classes. This gives children additional practice time and builds confidence to further prepare for their regular PE class and involvement in various physical activities.
Gross Motor / Ball Skills
Gross Motor / Loco-motor
Fitness Tests Components Activities to improve
Curl-ups abdominal endurance curl-ups-v balanceV-sit flexibility stretch all majormuscles groupsStanding long Jump lower body strength/power jump for heightand distanceFlexed arm hang / Pull-ups upper-body strength push-ups-climbingABC push ups100/200 yd run cardio-respiratory endurance jogging-jump rope-
What can you and your children do at home?
Keeping children active outside of Physical Education classes through a variety of activities is crucial for developing their physical abilities, improving fitness levels and encouraging an enjoyment of physical activity and exercise.
Some suggested activities for consideration:
- Spend time every day on one of the gross motor areas above.
- Spend time every day on 1 of the 5 fitness areas above
- Spend time on playground equipment incorporating upper body strength (climbing) and spatial awareness
- Participate in group sports or activities (ball games) and fitness/health related activities (karate, gymnastics, ice skating, yoga, dance etc.) where emphasis is on skill development , fitness improvement, and enjoyment of physical activity
- Spend at least 60 min per day highly active through both exercise and recreational physical activity
- Include lifetime recreational activities every week (basketball, jump rope, jogging, biking, swimming, walking, throwing, catching, kicking, rolling etc.)