Physical Education, Health and Wellness K-12
The physical education program in the Briarcliff schools is an integral part of the total education of every child kindergarten through the 12th grade. The quality of the program is needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical education for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime.
The physical education program at the Briarcliff schools offers an outstanding curriculum for students K through 12, which is well-planned and well implemented in order to provide a quality program for our students according to the National Association for sport and PE. The following is a list of what our program does for our students:
Improve physical fitness: Improve student muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance.
Skill development: Develops motor skills, which allows for a safe, successful and satisfying participation in physical activities.
Regular, healthful physical activity: Provides a wide-range of developmentally appropriate activities for all children.
Support of other subject areas: Reinforces knowledge learned across the curriculum.
Self- discipline: Facilitates the development of student responsibility for health and fitness.
Improve judgment: Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others, question actions and regulations, and accept responsibility for their own behavior.
Stress Reduction: Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety, and facilities emotional stability and resilience.
Strengthened peer relationships: Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others successfully and provide opportunities to learn positive skills. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participate in dances, games and sports is an important part of peer culture.
Improve self-confidence and self-esteem: Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children based on their mastery of skills and concepts in physical activity. They can become more confident, assertive, independent and self-controlled.
Experience setting goals: Gives children the opportunity to set and strive for person, achievable goals.