Physical Education (PE)
Term 1 Overview
Mark Quinn: Mark.Quinn@education.vic.gov.au
Ben Lepore: Benjamin.Lepore@education.vic.gov.au
During Term 1, Prep students will be involved in a range of movement and physical activities that assist in developing basic motor skills. Students will specifically focus on various movement patterns, including; skipping, galloping, jumping, dodging and weaving, changing direction, and hopping. They will play games where they will learn to implement these movement patterns but also work as a team to develop cooperation and communication skills. This will also allow students to develop higher-level coordination skills when maneuvering around other students.
The lessons that the Physical Education staff have programmed for the children in the Prep level are designed to allow students to develop skills and awareness that will give them a base for future PE movement and learning.
Junior Level - Year 1 & 2
This term, Year 1 and 2 students will specifically focus on improving their ball handling development and technique as they focus on throwing, catching, and bouncing a ball. Students will learn how to track a highball and ground ball and will learn to place themselves and their bodies in a position where they will best catch or trap a moving ball. They will continue developing the skills required to play in small and larger groups and also develop the ability to adapt their movement amongst a changing and moving environment, as the students themselves and objects around them move.
Rules specific to sports will be introduced and students will be reminded to follow instructions at all times to best help the flow of the games played. The lessons the Physical Education staff have programmed for the children in Level 1 and 2 are designed to allow students to develop and expand on the skills learned in previous years.
Senior Level - Year 3, 4, 5 & 6
Our Senior students will practice and use complex manipulative and locomotion skills that they will apply in sport-specific settings. Term 1 will have two major areas of focus; Bicycle Education and Athletics.
In Bike Ed individuals will learn various riding skills and maneuvers to make them more safe and competent road users. Road rules will also start to be introduced and consolidated in readiness for students to ride safely on the road. Road-riding scenarios will be created so students gain exposure to making on-bike traffic decisions.
The program is designed to be accessible for all skill levels and will run using our wonderful fleet of NMPS bikes and helmets. Students do not need to bring their own cycling gear, but may bring their own helmet if they wish.
This year we are jumping the starters gun and getting an early lead on Athletics. Students will participate in the beginning of a 10+ week unit on Athletics. Students will focus on all aspects of track and field (relays, high, long and triple jump, shot put, discus, sprints, hurdles and long distance), where they will put in place previous learnings around movement and coordination to learn the fundamental techniques of each event. Student results will be recorded during physical Education lessons, with the District squad being selected from these results. Students will also showcase their learnings at the House Athletics Day later in the year, as well as get the chance to display their endurance gains in the NMPS Cross County event held at the end of this term.