Promoting and encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle stands as the primary function of the Physical Education program at Independence. In a safe and fun environment, students develop a level of fitness, both mental and physical, that equals or surpasses the national norms for that particular age group. Additionally, students learn to work cooperatively toward common goals and build a sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie while growing in both self-esteem and respect for others in the process. Age-appropriate health instruction also serves as a key component of the Physical Education program.
NOTE: Uniforms have been updated for the 2016-17 school year and are not as pictured below.
Areas of focus include but are not limited to the following:
- Basic body movement and motor skills
- Practicing cooperation and ability to socialize
- Increasing awareness of themselves and their surroundings
(Classes meet twice per six-day cycle)
- Movement and motor skills
- Introduction to basic sports skills
(Classes meet six times per six-day cycle in first and second grade and four times per six-day cycle in third grade)
- Communication and cooperation while participating in games and activities
- Introduction to lead-up sport games and strategies
(Classes meet three times per six-day cycle)
- Participation in various sport games, cooperative activities and fitness activities
- Incorporating physical activity into a daily routine
(Classes meet for one double period per six-day cycle in sixth grade and two times, or two single periods, per six-day cycle in seventh and eighth grade)