Physical Education Philosophy
The Physical Education program in the Sterling School District promotes educational programs that stimulate and guide the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of all children in the Sterling community, including those students with special needs.
Physical education, like other academic educational programs, has been undergoing continual revision. The Physical Education curriculum will provide interdisciplinary activities pertaining to a variety of academic themes taught in the classroom.
The opportunity for more leisure time and the development of the importance of physical conditioning has become of value in our society. The Sterling Community School’s physical education curriculum provides opportunities to experience cooperation as a member of a group or as a member of a team observing the rules of fair play and the advantages of good sportsmanship. It also offers opportunities to develop self-control and respect for the rights of others. The physical education curriculum can provide a means of fulfilling the needs which our changing society has created.
Sterling’s Physical Education curriculum offer students a wide variety of opportunities to gain the knowledge of and proficiency in the basic skills, exercises and activities used for body maintenance and the pursuit of leisure time activities. The aim is to all each individual to gain an understanding of the human body and to be motivated to maintain its healthful efficiency.
Sterling Community School's planned, sequential Pre-K-8 physical education program provides students learning opportunities that incorporate psychomotor, cognitive and affective content as well as learning experiences that promote optimum personal development. Quality curriculum and instruction, provided in a safe, supportive environment, offer meaningful, challenging learning for all students, and result in lifetime learning outcomes of skills, literacy and ability to understand concepts and develop plans for lifetime physical activity and wellness. Physical education is one component in a coordinated approach to school health.
The major components of the Physical Education Program are as follows:
Motor Skill Performance
Students demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Applying Concepts and Strategies
Students demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
Engaging in Physical Activity
Students participate regularly in physical activity.
Students incorporate fitness and wellness concepts into their daily lives to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
Students exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Benefits of Physical Activity
Students choose physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction to sustain a physically active lifestyle.
Physical Fitness is an important component of Connecticut’s overall educational program goals.
The CT Physical Fitness Assessment is given annually to all S.C.S. students in grades 4, 6, & 8.