Physical Education at Laurelwood
Kindergarten, first and second grade students at Laurelwood attend Physical Education class with the PE teaching team once each week for 50 minutes (the other mandated 50 minutes of PE is with their regular, classroom teacher).Third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Laurelwood attend Physical Education class
twice each week for 50 minute sessions.
The instruction is presented by a team consisting of a credentialed teacher and a paraprofessional.
The units-lessons are based on the California State Standard requirements. The SCUSD
School Board has approved the SPARK (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids)
curriculum. The District Elementary PE Teachers/Department design curriculum unitslessons
incorporating the above criteria for all 17 elementary schools.
Student Practice and Opportunities
Students practice the fundamental locomotor, nonlocomotor, and manipulative skills in a
variety of age-appropriate activities. All students use a variety of age-appropriate
equipment so that they have multiple opportunities to practice skills.
Students are provided with opportunities to understand the fitness components, fitness
assessment, and the need for a lifetime of physical activity. Fifth-grade students have
their first required experience with the California statewide Physical Fitness Test.
Safe Shoe Expectations
Students will come to school wearing socks and athletic shoes that have a snug,
comfortable fit for PE class days. Children need to wear athletic shoes that cushion the
foot while running. A shoe with arch support will help stabilize the foot while running.
(No open-toed shoes, sandals, or boots. Shoes with loose laces or a flat rubber sole are
not enough support for an extended period for activity.)
Children must wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement, activity and exercise
on Mondays and Thursdays. For student safety please adhere to the Laurelwood Dress
Code. See Parent Handbook for information.
Students are required to follow the Laurelwood Behavior Expectations as stated in the
Parent Calendar-Handbook while in physical education class. Please refer to your Parent
Handbook for complete details and discuss these with your child.
In brief: 1. Be ready to learn. 2. Treat others with respect. 3. Solve problems by talking.
4. Use appropriate language. 5. Follow playground procedures. 6. Keep our school
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