Physical Education (K-5)
The goal of the physical education department is to increase the knowledge and development of lifelong fitness.
All students participating in full-day kindergarten through fifth grade will participate in physical education.
Physical Education Curriculum
The K-5 Physical Education curriculum was developed with an alignment to the IL Enhanced Physical Education Standards. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, "The benefits of comprehensive health and physical education include promoting a healthy generation of students who are able to achieve their highest potential, reversing the trend of deteriorating health and physical fitness among youth, and helping to lower the cost of health care in the United States. The goals and standards for physical development and health foster workplace skills, including identifying short- and long-term goals, utilizing technology, following directions, and working cooperatively with others. Problem solving, communication, responsible decision making, and team-building skills are major emphases as well." For more information on the IL Physical Education Standards adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education visit: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Physical-Education-and-Health.aspx.
School District 308 adopted a comprehensive physical education resource inclusive of both fitness and health skills beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Our K-5 Physical Education Department will utilize SPARK by Sportime and Healthy Lifestyle Choices by Sportime.
The SPARK programs are designed to involve all children, to be more active, incorporate social skills, and emphasize both health-related fitness and skill development. The Healthy Lifestyle Choices programs offer a behavioral-health curriculum focusing on life stkills, conflict resolution, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, safety, and fitness.
Both programs are fully aligned to the IL Enhanced Physical Education Standards. To learn more about the scope and sequence at each grade level you can access the links below:
FitnessGRAM is an Illinois State Board of Education required assessment for all students in grades three through twelve. Students will participate in the following assessment activities:
- Aerobic Capacity: PACER or Mile Run (Grades four through twelve.)
- Flexibility: Sit and Reach
- Muscular Endurance: Curl Up
- Muscular Strength: Push Up
For more information about physical education fitness testing, please contact your child's physical education teacher or visit https://www.isbe.net/Documents/fitness-asmt-faq.pdf.
Updated October 2019