With our belief that fitness is for life, Lower School P.E. teachers emphasize healthy habits that include movement, positive attitudes, knowledge of the body, and good sportsmanship. The physical education program is designed for students of all skill levels.
By gaining an early understanding of basic physical skills and concepts, children become proficient, confident, and comfortable with their individual strengths, recreational activities, and youth sports. Seven Hills provides a creative learning environment utilizing our full-size gymnasium, rock wall, all-weather turf field, and sports courts. The program also incorporates grade-specific field trips for students to enjoy.
The curriculum incorporates manipulative skills (throwing, catching, striking, volleying), locomotor skills (running, hopping, skipping, dodging), and non-locomotor skills (balance, weight transfer, jumping, tumbling, and spatial/body awareness) using a variety of sports equipment including recreational balls, BOSUs, rollers, Speed Stacks, jump ropes, etc. Children also learn the bones and muscles of their bodies and how each works individually and in cooperation with the others. An attitude of respect for their bodies is the predominant theme of our physical education classes.
All successful learning, including Physical Education, comes through building off of foundational principles and designed progressions. As students progress through the grades, intramural games and regulation sports are introduced with an emphasis on participation, skill-building, and sportsmanship. We strive for cooperation, empathy, self-awareness, and leadership as we build community and cultivate kindness.