The Primary (Ages 3-6) physical education program uses movement exploration, fundamental motor skills, and basic movement patterns to form the foundation of the program. Children jump, skip, catch, run, and play games with the goal of developing body and spatial awareness. As they enter Kindergarten, there is more emphasis on cooperative games, participatory creative movement activities, following directions, and sportsmanship. The Primary classes are taught by the Barrie Montessori P.E. teacher.
The Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3) program emphasizes the development of fundamental motor skills, such as throwing, catching, and kicking. Students explore different ways to improve physical fitness through climbing, stamina development, and strength activities. They also are introduced to simple sports and group games such as kickball, soccer, capture the flag, and Red Rover. All of these activities, in turn, emphasize the necessity of developing sportsmanship. The Lower Elementary classes are taught by the Barrie Montessori P.E. teacher.
The Upper Elementary (Grades 4-5) program places an increased emphasis on activities that require higher-level thinking skills. There is increased participation in team sports that have rules, positioning, and strategy. Students build an awareness of physical fitness and how exercise improves the functioning of the body. Along with physical education classes, students participate Intramurals, which are designed to help students understand the responsibilities of being part of a team and how to handle themselves in competitive situations.
A rich outdoor environment complete with horses and a wide range of classroom pets at each level is a strong asset to delivering a program that emphasizes the child as a spiritual being. The school has invested in many resources that help to cultivate well rounded students with an overall respect for self, others and the environment. Teachers are able to collaborate with outdoor specialists on campus for support in creating and facilitating outdoor extension activities and are always encouraged to use every bit of our campus.