According to Meredith and Welk (2007), “The ultimate long-term objective of a physical education program is to teach students the physical and behavioral skills they need to be active for life.” At Terra Verde, students participate in a Physical Wellness class once a week for an hour. The program includes the refinement of motor skills and their application to team and individual sports. An emphasis on physical fitness and wellness is a primary component of each lesson taught. More specifically, muscular strength/endurance and motor skills including: agility, balance, and coordination are taught and actively practiced throughout the school year. Wellness lessons focus on living a healthy lifestyle that promotes overall well-being of the mind and body. Sports units such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, yoga, and track and field are also taught.
Beginning in 3rd grade, a pretest is given to establish baseline data for fitness and the foundation for developing personal fitness plans, setting goals, and evaluating progress toward those goals. Students are timed in the mile run in the Fall and Spring Semesters. An assessment of the number of push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups is also conducted with a focus on the process of improving fitness and not just an analysis of one time scores. Our overall emphasis in PE is to have fun! We believe that if our students enjoy taking care of their mind and body, they will do it for a lifetime.