• Why Children need Physical Education

     

     

    Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child in kindergarten through Grade 12. Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education programs can only provide these benefits if they are well-planned and well implemented.

    Improved Physical Fitness
        Improves children's muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and       cardiovascular endurance.

     Skill Development
        Develops motor skills which allow for safe, successful and satisfying participation in physical
        activities.

     Regular, Healthful Physical Activity
        Provides a wide-range of developmentally appropriate activities for all children.

    Support of other Subject Areas
        Reinforces knowledge learned across the curriculum. Serves as a lab for application of    
        content in science, math and social studies.

    Self Discipline
        Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness.

    Improved Judgment
        Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity
        to assume leadership, cooperate with others; question actions and regulations and accept     responsibility for their own behavior.

    Stress Reduction
        Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety, and facilitates
        emotional stability and resilience.

    Strengthened Peer Relationships
        Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others successfully
        and provides opportunities to learn positive people skills. Especially during late childhood and     adolescence, being able to participate in dances, games and sports is an important part of
        peer culture.

    Improved Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
        Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children based on their mastery
        of skills and concepts in physical activity. They can become more confident, assertive,
        dependent and self-controlled.

    Experience Setting Goals
        Gives children the opportunity to set and strive for personal, achievable goals.