The Physical Education Department at Liggett strives to expose students to a variety of activities, games and sports that will encourage them to be active throughout their lifetimes. Our goal is to provide a safe, enjoyable and non-intimidating atmosphere in which all children are able to comfortably and confidently participate.
Following the Curriculum for Understanding, instruction focuses primarily on personal best, sportsmanship, teamwork, skill development and strategy. Students are taught that character, respect, leadership, communication skills and compassion for others are far more important than results. Instructional methods used to achieve the department’s goal include verbal demonstration, teacher demonstration, peer demonstration, questions/answers, music as a stimulus and modified games.
In grades 1-4 the students are exposed to eye/hand coordination, eye/feet coordination, stunts and tumbling, locomotor skills, ice skating, physical fitness units, spatial awareness, cooperative games, balls skills and station work.
The 5th grade physical education program is a stepping stone for the students’ transition to the Middle School PE program. Not only do the boys and girls meet separately, but they also change into a PE uniform. The emphasis of skill development and modified lead-up games are for the learning of the following sports: football (boys), field hockey (girls), soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, skating/ice hockey, floor hockey, softball, lacrosse and track and field.