The Westwood elementary physical education program is designed to teach students movement concepts and motor skills that provide a solid foundation for children to live healthy and active lives. Developmentally appropriate skills and concepts are taught and ample opportunities are provided over time in an enjoyable and supportive environment to learn and practice skills. This is key to creating an atmosphere where students are motivated and successful in physical education.
The program focuses primarily on five areas: movement concepts (how and where the body moves), locomotor concepts and skills (skipping, running, galloping etc.), fitness concepts and skills (cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength and endurance, and flexibility), manipulative concepts and skills (throwing, catching, and striking), non-manipulative concepts and skills (gymnastics and dance). Cooperative and social skills are implemented and woven throughout the curriculum. When students leave elementary school, they understand what it takes to be a good sport and teammate and have an appreciation for the satisfaction that results from involvement in physical activity.