The WES Physical Education program strives to empower its students to sustain regular lifelong physical activity and to build a foundation for a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life.
Early Childhood (Nursery - Kindergarten)
Nursery and Transition
This curriculum is designed to introduce the child to a variety of experiences which involve the use of large muscle control, fundamental movement skills, manipulation of various types of objects, spatial awareness, gymnastics, listening skills, cooperative play situations, parachute activities, ball skills, target games, safety, and fun. Students develop a variety of basic movement and manipulative skills so they will experience success and feel comfortable during present and future physical activity pursuits. PE increases kinesthetic awareness and promotes problem solving and movement creativity in many situations.
The Kindergarten curriculum builds upon skills learned in previous years and the children begin to use more of these skills as they are incorporated into slightly more complex games of low organization. Cooperative play, listening skills and safety are stressed, and enjoyment is considered a most important objective.
Primary & Elementary (Grades 1 - 4)
The WES PE staff has developed an innovative curriculum which reinforces the WES philosophy of empowering students to sustain regular life-long physical activity. The curriculum in the early grades is the critical start of this process.
Components of the "Fit for Life" Curriculum
Athletics / Sports Skills
- introduce new games, skill development, and tactical knowledge sample activities: soccer, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, etc.
- introduce "perceived risk" and challenge the student's ability to cope with and make rational decisions about that perceived risk.
- sample activities: cooperative games, climbing ropes, horizontal wall, team challenges
Fitness & Fun
- encourage activity! The more active students are -- the better.
- sample activities: international games, street hockey, tumbling, dance, relay
WESQwest (Grades 5 - 8)
The WESQwest physical education program combines both traditional and non-traditional elements of physical education. The curriculum is designed to offer our students the opportunity to take on a wide variety of new challenges and activities, as well as continue to build upon past experiences. By engaging and motivating our students in the WESQwest program, it is our goal to instill in them the importance of regular exercise and empower them to take responsibility for their personal health and fitness.
Some examples of activities are:
- Tae Kwon Do
- Rock Climbing
Open Gym (Grades 1 - 8)
Morning exercise is proven to increase a student’s readiness to learn, concentration, self-esteem, and confidence. Monday through Friday from 7:25 a.m.-7:45 a.m., Open Gym participants exercise with friends before class starts.