Lower School P.E.
Fitness and Fun
At Country Day, P.E. truly is physical education.
When the nursery is playing What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, they are learning how to follow multi-step directions and understand how to comport themselves even if they are tagged out. When pre-kindergarteners are playing rollover dodgeball, aside from spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination, they are learning how to be good teammates and the basics of good sportsmanship.
On "Fitness Tuesdays,” when first and second graders are doing fun stations—jump ropes, rebounders, noodle squats—their teachers are building in lessons on how muscles work.
In third grade, when third graders start learning the basics of the sports they will play in the Middle and Upper Schools, there is an emphasis both on proper technique for core skills and on the broader lessons of how to bring out the best in both yourself and your teammates.
The sports they learn include:
Each sports unit offers a thorough introduction for students who have no previous experience with competitive sports, while simultaneously helping experienced players to hone their more advanced skills.
Beginning in first grade, students and their P.E. teachers skate once a week throughout the winter.