Ivanhoe East Primary School provides a high quality Physical Education program for every child. It is designed to prepare students for a healthy and active lifestyle through the development of skills, knowledge, teamwork and positive attitudes. Our comprehensive program provides children with a wide range of physical and sporting experiences ensuring they develop fundamental motor skills early through to attaining a deep understanding of the elements required to be successful in a sporting and team environment.
Ivanhoe East Primary is fortunate to have access to excellent facilities and equipment allowing for the development of skills through a wide range of sports and activities. These facilities include a newly refurbished indoor basketball/multipurpose court, 2 newly re-surfaced outdoor multipurpose courts, a large oval and a range of other areas where activities can be conducted. Furthermore, Chelsworth Park is a short walk from the school which is regularly used by senior students for both sport practice and competition.
Our specialist Physical Education teacher, Justin Bartlett leads skill based Physical Education programs with F-6 children each week. Children in the junior school will develop and refine basic motor skills, namely, running, jumping, skipping, catching, throwing, kicking, rolling, balancing, twisting and turning. Those in the middle and senior years will learn to use these skills and more complex skills in increasingly complex situations from simple games through to a variety of sports. Throughout these learning episodes there is a constant focus on a range of important values:
- Fostering an inclusive environment
- Trying your best
- Having fun
The major focus during the foundation level is to build students fundamental motor skills, which include, running, jumping, hopping, galloping, rolling, leaping and dodging, throwing, catching, kicking, striking and trapping, balance, twisting, turning and bending. These skills are crucial for students as they are required for successful participation in all sports. These abilities are developed through a range of fun activities and challenges as well as a perceptual motor program which specifically focuses on cognitive and sensory-motor development. There is also a major focus on students engaging in activities in a manner that is fun, safe and inclusive.
LEVEL 1 & 2
Students in level one and two focus on reinforcing there fundamental motor skills as well as developing more complex skills such as hitting moving balls and passing to moving targets. There is also a transition from simple games to games with more complex rules and perceptual demands, such as modified sports. Furthermore, students continue to reinforce and build on their understandings of rules and procedures and how they allow for the safe and enjoyable conduct of games.
LEVEL 3 & 4
Students in level three and four are working towards a range of outcomes with a major focus being on applying the skills learnt in prep to two, to sports-specific situations. Students participate in a variety of modified sports in order to not only develop specific skills and techniques but to also enhance abilities to work successfully in teams. Through teams sport students also look to consider basic tactics and how they can be used to achieve team goals. All learning episodes are designed to ensure maximum individual participation and hence high levels of engagement. Furthermore, in levels three and four there is a continued focus on not only rules but the roles officials play in sport, concepts of fair play and safe participation.
LEVEL 5 & 6
Students in levels five and six work on refining basic and complex motor skills and apply these skills in increasingly complex games and activities. A scope of skills are predominantly taught through a variety of sports, ensuring court divided games (i.e. volleyball), striking and fielding games (i.e. Cricket) and field invasion games (i.e. basketball) are all represented throughout the year. A greater focus is placed on the use of tactics, communicating in teams and providing constructive feedback for one another where appropriate. There is also a focus on the components of health related fitness and how one’s health can be improved through exercise. During these years students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through sport and focus on all aspects of playing sport and engaging in physical activity, including health benefits and group dynamics of working in teams.
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