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Students teach Conference Participants dance steps at the VA HPERD Conference, Reston, VA, Nov. 10, 2007
The five strands for physical education are Skillful Movement, Movement Principles and Concepts, Personal Fitness, Responsible Behaviors, and Physically Active Lifestyle. Taylor Physical Education provides an opportunity for each student to learn different aspects of the strands. Several activities are introduced to the students throughout their time at Taylor. We promote healthy bodies and a physically active lifestyle.
The students in Grades K-2 work on spatial awareness, rope jumping, and basic skills needed to participate in group activities. We also incorporate dance throughout the year.
In Third Grade, the students begin to learn folk dances from around the world. For over 20 years the third graders have performed in a Dance Celebration to showcase several dances that they have learned. In May, the third grade students may voluntarily participate in the Maypole Celebration, which is another showcase for folk dances and 2 May Day dances.
In Grades 4 & 5, the students are evaluated on their physical fitness in several areas: aerobic capacity, flexibility, abdominal strength, and upper body strength. The students also begin to learn the basic skills needed to participate in individual or team sports.
Taylor participates each school year in Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart. The American Heart Association receives the donations to help with research and promotion of living a healthy life.
When students reach 4th and 5th grade, they may join the dance teams for their respective grade level. The dance teams perform at the local high schools and universities. The dance teams also perform at PE workshops and local retirement communities.
Here are links to several Physical Education and Health Sites:
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