The most important aspect of our Physical Education program is to encourage all children to participate and enjoy moving their bodies in many different ways. Through active play, young children learn about their bodies' capabilities and how to control their movements. Apart from physical skills such as running, hopping, skipping, catching, throwing, and kicking; we focus on teaching concepts such as how to be a good sports person, how to follow rules and how to enjoy being active, even if they do not win a particular game.
Other positive results from our PE program are the benefits it provides to all areas of learning. Physical activity fuels the brain with a better supply of blood and provides brain cells with a healthier supply of natural substances; these substances enhance brain growth and help the brain make a greater number of connections between neurons (Healy, 1998). The connections make the brain better able to process a variety of information, thus leading to improved retention of facts, a greater understanding of concepts, and subsequently higher achievement.
In Senior Kinder the children begin learning a form of Japanese gymnastics called ‘Kumitaiso’ as part of their physical education. At our Sports Day the children will give a Kumitaiso presentation set to a narrative story.