After School Sports - PE/ Health for 2017-18

07 February 2018

After School Sports - PE/ Health for 2017-18

Physical Education/ Health for 2017-18 school year class (which consists of an integrated curriculum for 70 minutes, meeting three times per week) will adhere to the following philosophy during the 2017/18 school year.

For each and every class students will participate in a minimum of 20 minutes (more often than not more) of intense exercise that considers the general physical skills of cardiovascular/ respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, balance, agility and accuracy. 

It is also expected students will also adhere to this philosophy on non-PE days in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

For Health, the following four components will be covered – physical, emotional, mental, and social.  Assignments and discussions are given to enhance the overall understanding, and to empower students to transfer learning to their day to day lives.  Topics to be included are goal-setting, self-esteem, stress, nutrition, safety, the human body, communication, and human growth and development. This health curriculum will be integrated into the PE curriculum, and it will be grade level specific to suit the students' needs.

For Physical Education, improvements in endurance, stamina, strength, and flexibility come about through training. Training refers to activity that improves performance through a measurable organic change in the body. By contrast improvements in coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy come about through practice. Practice refers to activity that improves performance through changes in the nervous system. Power and speed are adaptations of both training and practice. We will practice sport specific skills, but rather than teaching the sport of basketball, we will learn the skills of basketball within the context of a non sport specific game. This is know as the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU) philosophy. For more information, please see this website for a more detailed description of TGFU. The specific areas of fitness that are used for a grade are the following that compose the original Presidential Physical Tests and added physical skills and tests that are a part of Jubail’s physical education.

Fitness and general skills:

  • Sit-ups
  • Shuttle run
  • Sit and reach
  • Pull-ups
  • Flexed arm hang
  • Push-ups
  • The mile run
  • 500 meter row
  • 2000 meter row
  • Skip rope
  • Juggling
  • Rope climb
  • Gymnastics elements
  • Vertical jump
  • Running

Each class will run as follows:

  1. Warm-up
  2. Activity/ workout/ testing
  3. Individual work time/ self assessment (at the end of each week)
    * This is subject to change from time to time, however this will be the usual plan of action throughout the year.

Assessment - The physical education/health grade is determined by evidence of increased fitness and physical skills (performance), and the completion of assigned classwork. Any classwork should be submitted in a timely manner to receive the quickest feedback, and any insufficient work must be re-submitted to receive complete credit. For fitness testing all students will receive an initial 8 out of 10 points for their initial testing (for each fitness category). The only exception is if they attain a presidential fitness standard, in which they will receive 9 out of 10. Their grade will improve when their mark or time improves, and they can actually receive up to an 11 for being in the top percentiles for their age group. As in all classes this year, all assessments will be categorized as Knowledge, Transfer, and Communication, and everything will be graded on a 10 point scale.

Dress - What is acceptable dress for PE class? You must wear the Jubail Physical Education T-shirt. For grades 6-12 it is a gray color, though if you still have your yellow shirt from the elementary you may also wear that. For bottoms, you must wear athletic shorts or pants that are black or gray (no exceptions). If you are not dressed properly you will have to fill out an online report in class that will document your not being prepared, and it will also send an email home to your parents about this. You may also not wear sandals or heels to class. You must have sport specific shoes. This is a safety issue, and it is damaging to the gymnasium surface.

Weather - The Physical Education department will participate in various activities outside throughout the school year, including the warmer months. This is to continually acclimate students to the environment we live in. Nevertheless, we adapt our program to allow the students the ability to perform their best. During warmer months there are shorter timed outdoor activities, time to allow for hydration, and time spent in shade when applicable. If a student has any health-related limitations in warmer weather, it is crucial to notify the nurse and PE department in advance to make other arrangements. A Jubail weather forecast can be found here.

Illness or Injury - If a student is in school, it is expected they participate in PE class in some way. It may be in a limited capacity, but we have many alternate activities to accommodate most situations (For example, most students can practice juggling as it is a low impact activity). If there is a pattern of behavior which prevents a student from participating at full potential, it is expected that a consultation with a medical professional is made.  With regards to illness/injury only doctors notes will be accepted.

Class Absence - It is expected you report an absence as far in advance as possible (as soon as you know). Furthermore, if you miss an assignment or a fitness test, you are expected to make it up as soon as possible or you will receive a 0 in the grade book (which will change as soon as you make it up).

If you wish to contact any of us, we encourage you to do so!
Bruno Penner - Head of PE/ Health Department penne.b.05@isg.edu.sa
Sanjeev Jangra - PE/ Health Teacher jangr.s.05@isg.edu.sa
Wyatt Franz - PE/ Health Teacher franz.w.05@isg.edu.sa