All About Round Hill Elementary Physical Education (RHEPE)
Why do we need "gym"?
- Centers for Disease Control: Physical education provides cognitive content and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviors for physical activity and physical fitness.
- National Library of Medicine: Executive function and brain health underlie academic performance. Basic cognitive functions related to attention and memory facilitate learning, and these functions are enhanced by physical activity and higher aerobic fitness.
- Education and Behavior: Physical activity enhances an individual’s ability to think, concentrate, & focus.
- World International: Studies also suggest that students who are less active are more likely to experience sleep disorders. Regular exercise reduces stress and anxiety, contributing to healthy sleep patterns, which in turn lead to better mental health, immune system functioning, and overall well-being.
- (Jensen) Motor skills are fundamental to learning. Memory is retrieved better when learned through movement.
- (Dennison) Crossing the midline integrates the brain to organize itself. Neural activation occurs to many parts of the brain and equally to both hemispheres, making the brain more alert and energized for learning.
- (Turrill & Lose) “If You Had Fun, You Won.”
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Our sessions will meet 2 days a week for 50 minutes each. Classes will sometimes be outside when the temperature ranges between 50-95 degrees and not raining. During cool weather, they should bring jackets to wear when class is outside.
It is important for students to wear rubber-soled shoes that cover the toes and heels for physical education classes so they can participate safely in activities. If girls wear dresses, they must wear shorts or tights underneath.
Health Check Form: Please let your child’s physical education teacher if your child has a health problem which will be affected by physical activity. Describe the problem and necessary considerations on the Health Check Form which went home on the first day of school.
Illness or Injury: If your child must be temporarily excused from activity due to illness or injury, please send a note to the physical education teacher. If the problem persists longer than one week, please send a note from the doctor.
Movement is fun. Our S.O.L.-driven elementary students do not need any added anxiety. In our physical education classes, we do not keep score and we do not have winning or losing teams. Our focus is play and enjoyment, not winners or losers. Our first-class rule is: Have fun, smile, & laugh.
Our teams and partners are chosen to optimize the individual student’s ability to meet their social needs or skill needs. Our teachers use creative methods in forming groups, keeping all students’ self-worth in mind.
Go to www.rhepe.com and click on class schedules.
Classes are 50 minutes in length 2 days a week.
Parents are always welcome to come and play or observe.
- Have fun, smile, and laugh.
- Enter the room walking.
- Listen & follow the directions.
- Raise your hand to ask a question
or to speak aloud in class.
- Keep your hands & feet to yourself.
- Encourage and support ALL.
“Do to others’ as you would have them do to you.”
AND “If you had fun you won.”
PBIS: Positive Behavior & Intervention Support
What Are the 3 R’s?
- Responsible: Performing at your personal best.
- Respectful: Helping others perform at their personal best.
- Ready to Learn: Being ready to try new things and be OK with failing while learning.
Students in grades 1-5 will be graded this year using the Progress Indicators of: (4) Exceeds Standard, (3) Meets Standard, (2) Progressing Towards Standard, & (1) Below Standard in the two following areas:
- Demonstrates skills and content taught
- Demonstrates responsible behaviors
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