- January 6, 2020
At UMS we believe that focusing on the “whole child” is crucial; this means we must not just focus on developing the child’s intellect, but their physical body as well!
Regular physical exercise is essential to a child’s overall health and positive development. We have therefore incorporated it into the school in ways other than formal physical education classes. During circle times in the classroom students participate in songs and games that encourage movement, twice daily students are allotted blocks of outdoor “recess” time and we offer numerous after-school activities for children to enroll in to be physically active, such as Ballet, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Martial Arts and Four-Sports.
As part of our enhanced curriculum, students participate in regular physical education classes with our specialized teachers. These highly qualified teachers have incorporated the Ontario Physical and Health Education Kindergarten Curriculum into our school’s Physical Education program.
In gym classes, not only do the students have the opportunity to be physically active while learning important skills, but they also work on developing their self-esteem, learn about good sportsmanship and develop positive exercise habits while having a great deal of fun! Through monthly themes such as hockey, dance and creative movement, gymnastics and ball skills, students develop spatial awareness and locomotor skills. Stability, balance, ball skills (rolling, bouncing , kicking and throwing), safety skills and learning about how to work together as a team are all developed.