The ultimate goal of physical education instruction is to prepare every student for a lifetime of physical activity, health, and well-being. To achieve this goal, all students at Venice Lutheran participate in physical education classes at least two periods per week. Emphasis in the lower grades is placed on developing competency in movement, balance, spatial awareness, and large motor skills in a variety of patterns, speeds, and activities. Students learn to differentiate terms related to body parts and movement. Music and age-appropriate objects and equipment are incorporated into the classes to enhance skill development and their enjoyment of physical activity.
As students advance into the upper grades the emphasis of the program shifts to refining motor skills, developing hand-eye coordination, learning and practicing techniques to improve performance in physical activities, increasing strength and physical fitness, learning the importance of maintaining a regimen of exercise, participating in team sports, and fostering cooperation in group activities and sportsmanship in competitive settings.
Students in Grades 5-8 are tested annually in the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. They are also invited to participate in our after-school, co-ed volleyball and basketball program, which include intramural games and competition with other schools in the area.