Physical Education develops students' physical competence and confidence and their ability to use their fine motor and gross motor skills to perform a range of tasks and activities.
It provides opportunities for students to be creative, co-operative and to encounter different physical and social challenges as individuals and as members of groups and teams. Teamwork, co-operation and active participation from all students, irrespective of ability or skill, are actively encouraged at YCIS.
Studies show that students who participate in physical activities on a regular basis exhibit improved memory, concentration, communication, problem-solving and leadership abilities, which improve their learning in other subject areas. Regular vigorous physical activities in the Primary Section are therefore strongly encouraged at YCIS.
The aims of the Physical Education programme are to:
- Promote fun and enjoyment of physical activities whilst learning physical fitness, health and well-being, and the factors that contribute to them;
- Develop a personal commitment in students to daily physical activities and healthy behaviour;
- Perform locomotion skills in which the body moves from one point to another (e.g. walking, running, jumping, skipping, hopping, chasing, fleeing and dodging);
- Improve manipulation skills, which involve giving force to objects or receiving force from objects (e.g. throwing, kicking, catching, collecting, punting, dribbling, volleying and striking);
- Practise stability skills, in which the body remains in place but moves around its horizontal and vertical axes (e.g. bending, stretching, twisting, turning, rolling, balancing, curling and landing);
- Actively participate in physical activities, physical fitness, living skills and safety.