Physical Education Program
Bethel Christian Academy uses the Ohio Core Physical Education Standards as curriculum.
Pre- K through 1st Grade
The early years of a students learning are vital, and years in which children begin to develop habits. During the first few years of Physical Education, we focus on several skills, movements, and fitness concepts. Throughout the year, we incorporate balance, transferring weight, loco motor & non-locomotor skills/vocabulary, throwing/kicking stationary and non-stationary objects -while standing still and running, eye-hand coordination, identifying body parts and how they move, cooperative activities, along with many other fitness concepts into games and activities that develop our students mentally, physically, and emotionally. (Highlighted activities include-Cup stacking, chasing/fleeing/dodging/ tag activities, scooters, parachute, and jump rope).
2nd and 3rd Grade
By now, students have developed a basic knowledge of movement skills and concepts. Throughout the second and third grade years, Physical Education focuses on...combinations of locomotor and non-locomotor skills in movement patterns, tumbling and balancing skills, rhythmic concepts, throwing and catching objects from different distances and heights (Including throwing/kicking accuracy), continued development of eye-hand coordination, application of movement concepts and patterns into activities/games, fitness concepts (aerobic capacity, muscular strength/ endurance, flexibility), vocalizing solutions to challenges, hitting/striking objects, cooperative activities, positive reinforcement/Christ-like sportsmanship. These along with other skills and concepts are incorporated into activities and games that enhance our children mentally, physically and emotionally. (Highlighted activities include- Cup stacking, introduction of team sports, chasing/fleeing activities, scooters, parachute, and jump rope).
4th and 5th Grade
Students in the 4th and 5th grades are now well into the knowledge of movement, manipulative, and locomotor skills. The refinement of these skills is a focus in Physical Education as well as the application of these skills into different life-time situations (playing with other kids, participating in athletics, personal physical activity). Pedometers have been introduced and fitness assessment now involves the Presidential fitness Challenges (Mile Run, Shuttle Run, Sit and Reach, Sit up test, Push up test). Basic skills are still worked on, but on a more critical level (i.e. catching with an implement-glove/scoop, receiving a kicked/thrown object while moving, eye- hand coordination, cooperative activities). (Highlighted activities include softball, basketball, soccer, floor hockey, volleyball, cup stacking, and aerobic circuits).
The middle school students while in Physical Education will enhance skills already learned while applying fitness/movement concepts to authentic settings (i.e. using multiple locomotor movements while playing a game of basketball). The students will be introduced to new sports/ activities including Ultimate (similar to Ultimate Frisbee), track and field events (shot put, discus, javelin, 100m dash, 1600m run/mile run), as well as a more detailed approach to team sports (Basketball, Softball, Football, Soccer). Along with these sports, we include leisure time/lifetime activities that can be enjoyed throughout their entire lives (Cornhole, new this coming year - horseshoes). Incorporated into these activities is the assessment and evaluation of critical elements involving the application of skills learned to enhance skill level during participation. Aerobic fitness is continued while diving deeper into how our body works (muscles need blood and oxygen to operate/how exercise helps our bodies, pulse, anatomical names of bones and muscles used). Students at this level should be able to perform a task and if a poor result occurs, examine how they performed and understand how to correct the basics of their performance.
Health, Nutrition, and Wellness Policies
In addition to physical education classes, sports, and extracurricular activities that promote student health, we have a we have other guidelines and policies to help our students stay healthy. For more information, click here or visit www.bcakids.org/wellness.