COURSE:           Grade 6/7 Physical Education
TEACHER:         Victoria van Schouwen, Christian McInnis

Course Description

The overall purpose of the PE program at Island Pacific School is to gain, “an appreciation and understanding of the value of physical education and its relationship to a healthy,

balanced lifestyle.”  We hope to inspire interest in a variety of physical activities. In this course we will focus on relationships with ourselves, each other, and our environment.  Some of the activities we will cover over the year include trail running and orienteering, Ultimate Frisbee, yoga, dance, fitness, cooperative games, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and health and sexual education.  

Term Overview

Term 1:        Students will complete an Ultimate Frisbee unit, an orienteering unit, and a yoga unit.  

Term 2:        Students will participate in a cooperative games unit, a health and sexual education, a creative dance workshop, and a fitness unit.

Term 3:        Students will participate in four sports-based units: ultimate, volleyball, basketball, and soccer


In this particular course, I expect there to be little (sedentary) homework. However, students will be working on large performance pieces, and where deemed appropriate students will practice outside of school hours. They will also be asked to monitor their personal goals, and this might be done as part of homework. Our goal is to have students doing some sort of physical activity every day for 30 minutes, and on non-Phys.Ed days this will be homework. They should take responsibility for engaging in active pursuits on their own time, and are encouraged to discover healthy activities that they enjoy.

Resources and Materials

In this course, students will be required to wear an IPS athletic top and shorts. For students that purchased the IPS long pants these may also be worn. One pair of running shoes is to be kept in their locker at school for use during PE..  They should bring weather appropriate clothing as rain or cold will not necessarily mean that we will be indoors.  Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle with them to class.  Students will be notified in advance if any specialty items or clothing  (ie: hiking shoes, bicycle) are required for a particular class.


Island Pacific School uses the International Baccalaureate rubrics to evaluate students in reference to four distinct criteria.  IN this course, the criteria are as follows:

A Use of knowledge

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

• use physical education terminology in context

• demonstrate an understanding of concepts, strategies, techniques and rules related to a variety of physical activities, and apply them in various contexts

• demonstrate an understanding of the various principles that contribute to fitness, and their

importance in various contexts

• use their knowledge to analyse situations and solve problems.

B Movement composition

At the end of the course students should be able to:

• explore movement possibilities and variations in accordance with the principles of a particular

aesthetic activity

• compose aesthetic movements

• link movements in order to compose aesthetic sequences, taking into account the concepts of space, time, level, force and flow.

C Performance

At the end of the course students should be able to:

• demonstrate the skills and techniques necessary for active participation in a variety of physical


• apply tactics, strategies and rules in both individual and group situations

• perform movement concepts and sequences of movement in a variety of physical contexts.

D Social skills and personal engagement

At the end of the course students should be able to:

• communicate effectively, including verbal and non-verbal forms of communication

• demonstrate attitudes and strategies that enhance their relationships with others

• show respect and sensitivity to their own and different cultures

• take responsibility for their own learning process and demonstrate engagement with the activity

• reflect critically upon their own achievements

• set goals to enhance learning and take action towards achieving them