Physical and Health Education
Aims and Objectives
The aim of the Physical and Health Education programme at YIS is to develop a combination of transferable skills promoting physical, intellectual, emotional and social development, and to encourage present and future choices that contribute to long-term healthy living.
In the MYP, PE builds upon the foundations of physical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes laid in Elementary PYP PE. More emphasis is placed upon concepts as well as recognised games/disciplines and sports. The development of a student’s well being is implicitly and explicitly addressed through a variety of areas of the curriculum, underpinned by the IBO student learner profile.
Students in Grades 6-8 have two double periods a week. Content includes outdoor and indoor invasion games, Aesthetic activities, net games, striking and fielding games and fitness. This content aims to develop student locomotor, gross and fine motor skills, hand eye/foot eye coordination, and health related fitness skills. The PE programme also contributes to a student’s personal and social education, providing opportunities for cooperation, peer/self reflection, teamwork, thinking, decision-making and problem solving. We believe that these skills are just as, if not more important for students, than game-based skills, as they lead to success in many facets of our lives.
A variety of assessment techniques are used to evaluate student development in PE, such as coaching conversations, video analysis, teacher observation and self/peer assessment. Students will be assessed twice each semester using the assessment criteria:
A - Knowledge and understanding (8)
B - Planning for performance (8)
C - Applying and performing (8)
D - Reflecting and improving performance (8)
Students in Grade 6 PHE build upon the foundations of physical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes laid in PYP PE. More emphasis is placed upon concepts as well as recognized games/disciplines and sports. The development of a student’s well being is addressed through a variety of areas of the curriculum, with a focus on developing the IB learner profile. Throughout the year, Grade 6 students participate in 3 main units, starting with exploring the elements of fitness required to create an aesthetic performance. The second and third units, will allow students the opportunity to explore and develop their knowledge of skills and concepts in Invasion games and Net Games. The PE programme also contributes to a student’s personal and social education, providing opportunities for cooperation, peer/self reflection, teamwork, thinking, decision-making and problem solving.
Students in Grade 7 will further develop their physical skills and conceptual knowledge in a wide range of activities. As usual, all units are taught conceptually through familiar and unfamiliar games and sports. Throughout the year, Grade 7 students participate in 3 long units that focus on a broad range activities. The first unit allows students to explore various invasion games and the relationships that make these games possible. This content aims to continue developing students’ ability to work in teams, develop their interpersonal skills and be able to accurately reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. Other units include striking and fielding games as well as applied fitness for dance. The PE programme for students in Grade 7 is fun, high energy and full of opportunities for students to excel whilst learning about concepts that will help them become lifelong learners.
Students in Grade 8 PHE will consolidate the skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding gained in middle School, preparing them for the increased expectation of High School. An increased emphasis on conceptual learning will be delivered through a wide variety of games/disciplines and sports. Students will regularly demonstrate many of the attributes from IB Learner profile, which will enable them to be caring, supportive and self motivated learners in PE. Throughout the year, Grade 8 students participate in 3 long units, starting with Invasion games. They will explore the various attacking and defending principles of play and have opportunities to share their knowledge and expertise through some group coaching and feedback practices. The second unit will build on the idea of systems and strategies but will have more of a net games focus. The final unit of the year will put an emphasis on aesthetics. They will be tasked with designing/choreographing an aesthetic movement performance that shows creativity and flair. All units will challenge the students to complete Middle School in the best possible shape for High School in terms of both their physical performance and their understanding of various game concepts and interpersonal skills.