Physical Education

Curriculum Overview

PUSD bases its core instruction on California State “Standards and Benchmarks” for each academic curriculum, including Physical Education. The following is an excerpt from the introduction to Physical Education Framework and Standards from the California State Board of Education.

Please click here to learn more about Physical Education standards for each individual grade level.

Highlights of the Standards

The five overarching model content standards for elementary and middle school students are as follows:

  • Standard 1: Students demonstrate the motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • Standard 2: Students demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
  • Standard 3: Students assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance.
  • Standard 4: Students demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles, and strategies to improve health and performance.
  • Standard 5: Students demonstrate and utilize knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.

In elementary school the content standards emphasize the way in which students move through space and time in their environment, the way in which the student and a partner move in space together, the continuity and change in movement, the manipulation of objects in time and through space, and the manipulation of objects with accuracy and speed.

In middle school the content standards emphasize working cooperatively to achieve a common goal, meeting challenges, making decisions, and working as a team to solve
problems.

For high school youths the three overarching content standards are as follows:

  • Standard 1: Students demonstrate knowledge of and competency in motor skills, movement patterns, and strategies needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • Standard 2: Students achieve a level of physical fitness for health and performance while demonstrating knowledge of fitness concepts, principles, and strategies.
  • Standard 3: Students demonstrate knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.

The high school experience represents the culmination of physical education. From kindergarten through fifth grade, the content is delivered incrementally to best enable student learning at the appropriate developmental level. In sixth through eighth grade, the content is consolidated and students’ skills are refined, representing a natural progression of skill sophistication. When students reach ninth grade, they are ready to integrate all that they know with all that they can do. They become capable of higher-order thinking and of more skilled performance. Therefore, the five elementary and middle school model content standards have been combined into the three high school model content standards noted earlier.

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