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Physical Education

Elementary Physical Education

All elementary students have P.E. once a week.  Additionally, they repeat a special on Wednesdays. 

Please check your child's classroom calendar and help them be prepared by wearing P.E. shoes and clothing that is suitable for the activity.

The GPS elementary P.E. curriculum is called Dynamic Physical Education. Each lesson contains a warm-up, fitness, lesson focus, and game.  The curriculum is divided into three developmental levels, K-2, 3-4, and 5-6. Students are exposed to a wide variety of developmentally appropriate team sports and lifetime activities. 

Arizona Standards for K-12 Physical Education

The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

To pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity, a physically literate individual:

  • Has learned the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities.
  • Knows the implications and the benefits of involvement in various types of physical activities.
  • Participates regularly in physical activity.
  • Is physically fit.
  • Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle.

Standard 1. The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

Standard 2. The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

Standard 3. The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.

Standard 4. The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.

Standard 5. The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

The following terms are used throughout the standards:

E= Emerging. Students participate in deliberate practice tasks that will lead to skill and knowledge acquisition

M= Maturing. Students can demonstrate the critical elements of the motor skills and knowledge components of the grade-level Outcomes, which will continue to be refined with practice.

A= Applying. Students can demonstrate the critical elements of the motor skills and knowledge components of the grade-level outcomes in a variety of physical activity environment. 

Download the Arizona Standards for K-12 Physical Education PDF