Health and Physical Education

South Windsor Public Schools - Health and Physical Education Program

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Health Education

The philosophy of health education in South Windsor is to provide a safe, healthy, and caring environment that maximizes the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of young adolescents. Curriculum is designed to motivate children and youth to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, reduce health-related risk behaviors and develop and demonstrate health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills and practices.

The Health curriculum follows the Connecticut Healthy and Balanced Living Curriculum Framework. The Framework provides a blueprint for how students can live an active and healthy life. There is substantial evidence that poor health affects educational outcomes, behaviors and attitudes, and that the attainment of educational goals is dependent on the achievement of good health. The Framework provides a blueprint for addressing the health and energy balance of students and guiding them toward becoming well-informed, health literate individuals, as well as competent, confident and joyful movers. Instruction is guided by the following core concepts:

Standard 1. Core Concepts
Standard 2. Accessing Health Information 
Standard 3. Self-Management of Healthy Behaviors 
Standard 4. Analyzing Internal and External Influences 
Standard 5. Communication Skills
Standard 6. Decision-Making Skills
Standard 7. Goal-Setting Skills
Standard 8. Advocacy

Physical Education

The goal of the Physical Education curriculum is to provide psychomotor, cognitive and affective content and learning experiences that promote optimum personal development. Quality curriculum and instruction, provided in a safe, supportive environment, offers meaningful, challenging learning for all students, and results in lifetime learning outcomes of skills, literacy, and the ability to understand concepts and develop plans for lifetime physical activity and wellness. Curriculum is designed to motivate children and youth to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, reduce health-related risk behaviors and develop and demonstrate health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills and practices.

The Physical Education curriculum follows the Connecticut Healthy and Balanced Living Curriculum Framework. The Framework provides a blueprint for how students can live an active and healthy life. Instruction is guided by the following core concepts:

1. Motor Skill Performance
2. Applying Concepts and Strategies
3. Engaging in Physical Activity
4. Physical Fitness
5. Responsible Behavior
6. Benefits of Physical Activity