35 School Street • Ramsey, NJ 07446

PHILOSOPHY

Physical Education is an integral part of the total education which contributes to the development of the individual through the natural medium of physical activity.  The Ramsey program provides opportunities for the learner to develop and maintain a satisfactory degree of physical efficiency for daily living.  These experiences will allow students to enjoy a variety of physical activities, some of which may carry over into adult life.

RATIONALE

This curriculum provides for planning and development of a well balanced physical education program at Dater School.  The use of this guide is limited only by the proficiency, judgment and creativity of the physical education teacher.  The learning atmosphere at this level should be one of fun and joy as children learn to work together and by themselves.

A carefully planned program provides continuing opportunities for the enforcement of organic, neuromuscular, interpretive, emotional, and social development as our students move from grade level to grade level.  Movement activities and games of low organization are used in the elementary schools to develop skills that will enable students to progress to higher levels of activity in the middle school.

PROGRAM GOALS

1-  To provide for physical growth through the development of muscular strength, endurance, agility, flexibility, coordination, and balance.

2-  To foster in the individual characteristics of cooperation, tolerance, leadership, loyalty, honesty, sportsmanship, and respect for others.

3-  To build a knowledge of an appreciation for the importance of rules and regulations.

4-  To develop sufficient skills and knowledge necessary for the continuing participation in physical activity and to provide a selection of wholesome leisure-time activities.

5-  To provide for the development and maintenance of physical fitness through a program that can be used at school and at home.

6-  To promote good health and safety practices.

7-  To make children aware that there are degrees of abilities and limitations and to accept differences in each other.

8-  To provide opportunity for free movement, creative expression and an increased level of physical fitness.

9-  To understand and respect the human body.

10-  To provide enrichment through interdisciplinary activities in other subject areas of the school curriculum.

11-  To provide experiences through which the student may gain success and maintain a desire for physical activity.

12-  To provide experiences that will encourage self-confidence, sociability, self-direction and a positive self-concept.

13-  To develop emotional self-discipline and a wholesome attitude formation toward individual and group activities involving competition.

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