PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
The physical education curriculum for Providence Academy includes the Virginia Standards of Learning and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education standards. NASPE provides five general standards that are relevant for students of all ages and physical aptitude. They encompass all aspects of physical education including: motor skills, knowledge of concepts and rules, good sportsmanship, and the value of physical activity for a healthy lifestyle. The Virginia SOLs provide a grade-by-grade guide to what each student should know. These standards will be met by various means including, but not limited to, partner activities, group games, fitness activities, fitness-testing, and concept knowledge. To measure the 5th-8th grade students’ level of physical fitness, four of the five components of physical fitness will be measured, including:
- cardiovascular endurance
- muscular strength
- muscular endurance
Students will also be taught how to improve these components. Motivating students to participate in physical activities in and out of the classroom is an integral part of the physical education program at Providence Academy.
Students in 6th-8th grade will have health education as well as physical education. The health curriculum focuses on the three aspects of health: physical, mental, and emotional. Students will be provided with an understanding of the human body and how to properly care for it. Students will be taught about nutrition, stress management, and healthy life choices. Biblical principals are integrated in the curriculum in order to show how the Bible addresses issues related to health and well-being.