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Lower School Physical Education

We begin by building confidence, skill and the knowledge that teamwork is an essential component of sports.

The Stanwich School’s commitment to the developing the mind, body and spirit, makes athletics an integral part of the Stanwich curriculum.  Through our physical education program and our interscholastic athletic program, we strive to equip our students with skills and experiences that enable them to develop their full potential, as athletes, as competitors, as teammates and most importantly, as individuals.  The goal of the Stanwich Athletic Department is to create a learning environment that emphasizes skill development, physical fitness, social and emotional growth and to encourage students to lead physically active lifestyles.

Primary House
Students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 enjoy a varied and dynamic physical education program. For these younger students, the program emphasizes the acquisition of skills and the building of strength, balance, coordination and endurance. In addition, the program is designed to give Primary House students a sense of fun and to promote positive social interaction among students. Physical Education classes are taught in a whole class setting, however, boys and girls are separated into small groups when appropriate.  Two times a year, a written report assesses each student’s progress in his or her physical, emotional and social development.

Sports and skills emphasized during the year are as follows:

Kindergarten & Grade 1
Students receive guidance in developing a basic understanding of movement, fitness and gymnastics.  Activities include playground games, tumbling, coordination drills, body awareness and management games, basic soccer, hand-eye development games, throwing and catching, track and field.

Grade 2
Through small group instruction, station work and whole group activities, students are taught the fundamental skills necessary for participation in team sports.  These skills include: dribbling, striking, volleying, throwing, catching, rolling, kicking, dodging, batting, fleeing, chasing, etc.  In addition, students work on the basic elements of health (body composition, cardio vascular fitness, flexibility, muscular endurance, and muscular strength) and skill related fitness (agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time, and speed).

Grade 3
In addition to work on the basic elements of health (body composition, cardio vascular fitness, flexibility, muscular endurance, and muscular strength) and skill related fitness (agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time, and speed), students in grade three are introduced to team sports.  The program emphasizes the fundamental skills of the game and basic understanding of the rules.  Sports covered include soccer, team handball, football, field hockey, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, basketball, circuit training, baseball, softball, lacrosse and track and field.

Intermediate House
The Intermediate House Physical Education Program places the majority of its emphasis on team sports, life-long fitness, and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.  The program for students in grades 4 and 5 emphasizes skill development and the building of strength, endurance and stamina. In addition, the program introduces students to intramural competition and stresses teamwork, communication and sportsmanship. 

Sports taught during the year include soccer, football (boys), field hockey (girls), team handball, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, volleyball, street hockey, fitness, softball (girls), baseball (boys), lacrosse, track and field.