Ms. April Beard

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Ms. April Beard

I am your child's PE teacher and have designed a program for children that will help them develop the physical competence that lead to confidence and participation in physical activity for a lifetime. My goal is to help children find a variety of ways to enjoy being physically active so that they will be able to get all of the physical, emotional, intellectual and social benefits that come to someone who is physically active.

At Orchard View Intermediate, your child will have recesses each day that will offer required physical education activities necessary for wellness. In conjunction with that, your child will also have a formal physical education class with me once a week for 45 minutes. The program has been designed to focus on three major areas that are contribute to one's physical health and well being:

· Movement concepts. The program emphasizes the variety of ways we travel (e.g. running, skipping, hopping), changes of directions and speeds, and different ways to balance, jump and land.

· Skill themes.Basic motor skills such as throwing, kicking, volleying, and striking with a racket are taught in the grades. In the upper grades the children are taught how to use these fundamental skills in games and sports, gymnastics and various forms of rhythmical movement.

· Wellness concepts.These conceptsare taught throughout the program. They include, for example, bicycle safety, healthy and unhealthyfoods, and ways to improve cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.

As a teacher I recognize that children are at different developmental levels, with a variety of needs and interests. For this reason in every class I attempt to provide all of the children with Teaming experiences that are both beneficial and enjoyable. Each lesson is also adjusted to take into account the wide range of skill and fitness levels that characterizes children in elementary school.