The Physical Education program offers a variety of activities and programs to meet each child’s physical, emotional and cognitive development. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to identify, address and support the individual health and fitness needs of all children while developing each child’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
The Kindergarten-8th grade classes focus on building individual skills, including physical fitness, locomotive and rhythmic challenges, as well as cooperation through non-competitive movement games and a variety of sports games.
All children participate in activities focused on building individual skills while also stressing teamwork, cooperation and encouragement for others. Our younger students strengthen motor skills by learning new games and activities aimed at discovering the joy of movement.
The introduction to new kinds of PE and sports equipment develops gross and fine motor skills as well as spatial awareness. The PE staff stresses safety, support for emerging and experienced athletes, and a balance between competition and good sportsmanship. PE skills and concepts are reinforced during each grade level’s recess breaks. BMA is well equipped and fortunate to have many learning spaces for physical education both inside our building and out on the playgrounds.
Fundamentals of soccer, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and other team sports are taught in PE classes and reinforced throughout the school year in the interscholastic sports league in the upper elementary and middle schools.
At BMA, we believe that:
A developmentally appropriate and comprehensive experience in health and physical education is essential for meeting the diverse needs of all students revolving around movement;
A quality health and physical education program will foster the development of motor-skills, physical fitness, emotional strength, maturity, values, healthful decision-making and the pursuit of lifelong health and fitness;
Participation in health and physical education is an integral and inseparable part of the total K-8 educational experience.
Our physical education specialist will continue to search for the best physical education materials and experiences, including lesson plans, equipment, ideas, and experienced, professional mentors to assist in making the program outstanding.