Physical Education

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.

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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 two times, or two single periods, per six-day cycle)