There is always something for everyone in a PE class at Lehrman: stretching, balance and coordination for the little ones, fundamental skills for the middle years and teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play as they grow older.
Through our multi-dimensional curriculum, our physical education staff works with students in Early Childhood through 5th grade.
Students are taught the proper mechanics to perform various sports while improving their physical characteristics by focusing on strength, endurance, balance, flexibility and coordination, and developing
appropriate social skills with an emphasis on sportsmanship and teamwork.
Students play individual and team sports that are age-appropriate and are always in a positive and supportive environment. Children who incorporate fitness into their daily routine tend to develop regular exercise habits, which are important elements of physical and mental health, ensuring they will make healthy lifestyle choices in the future.
“New research suggests that play and down time may be as important to a child’s academic experience as reading, science and math, and that regular recess, fitness or nature time can influence behavior, concentration and even grades…... Harvard researchers reported in The Journal of School Health that the more physical fitness tests children passed, the better they did on academic tests. The study of 1800 middle school students, suggests that children can benefit academically from physical activity during gym class and recess.”
The New York Times, February 24, 2009
To enhance our own campus basketball court, we use the nearby North Shore athletic complex as well. Students in grades 4 and 5 use the short walk to the facility as a warm-up for their PE periods. The 17 acres of fields and the fully air-conditioned and equipped gymnasium provide our students with a full range of opportunities for physical fitness and athletics.
It is our goal that every child graduates from Lehrman with an interest in athletics, whether it is team, individual or just a pick-up game with friends. At Lehrman, we expose kids to as many athletic experiences and possibilities so each child can say as he or she encounters a game or sport “I played that at Lehrman” or “I know the rules to that one.” In class and in competition Lehrman’s athletics are all inclusive, presenting a safe and positive environment with something for everyone.
To read about our Outside the Classroom athletics and view our current team sports schedule, click HERE.