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Physical Education

Barnhart’s Physical Education program focuses on providing an atmosphere in which physical skills, cognitive skills and the children’s social and emotional needs can be openly experienced in a controlled and safe environment. It is through daily classes that the development of these four fundamental areas can be cultivated within each student.

Students participate in a variety of physical activity experiences in order to provide them with opportunities that improve their fitness level as well as helping them become increasingly confident in their physical skills. Barnhart students love the traditional sport activities such as our volleyball, soccer, and basketball units. In addition, the students spend part of the year learning non-traditional games and activities, such as dance, frisbee soccer, and kick ball.

There are two events each year put on by the Physical Education department.

The first is P.E. Dance Night, an event where students perform a dance learned during our dance unit for all the other grades and parents at Open House. For P.E. Dance Night, students learn dances that are culturally-focused and coincide with the curriculum at their grade level.

Our second P.E. department event is Sports Day. This is an all-day event, where we open up our entire campus to a variety of track and field events for the students to compete in. Parent volunteers join us on campus to help record scores, keep the kids hydrated, and assist with our ribbon ceremony.


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Kindergarten and 1st Grade

The kindergarten and 1st Grade physical education program emphasizes fun with movement. Students learn a variety of skills and games designed to improve their movement skills and fitness level during their classes.

Students focus on developing their skills in the following areas:

  • Locomotor Skills: running, jumping, hopping, galloping, skipping, and sliding
  • Manipulative Skills: handling an object with their hand, feet, or other body part. Students work on juggling, disc spinning, kicking, throwing, and catching
  • Dance, Rhythm, and Tumbling begin to be developed
  • Spatial Awareness: learning qualities of movement related to moving in different directions and at different levels

Students learn to use these skills in individual and small group environments and through games.

2nd and 3rd Grade

Second and third grade students are introduced to fitness activities and evaluation.   They are instructed in cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and agility. Simplified versions of various team sports are taught using lead-up games, practice activities, and simpler equipment.  Cooperative games and activities fill the class sessions. The objectives for each student are:

  • To accept and appreciate the difference of others

  • To recognize and appreciate positive and negative feelings (self and others)

  • To embrace the concept of partners and teamwork

  • To identify activities that rely upon cooperative effort

4th and 5th Grade

Students in fourth and fifth grades continue to develop skills introduced in the younger grades.  Additionally, the students' knowledge and understanding of basic rules and terminology is expanded.  Sportsmanship, cooperation, and teamwork are also developed. Understanding of physical fitness and nutrition as health benefits is introduced.

Students participate in a variety of 3-week units including football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, softball, dance, fling net, paddle tennis, track and field, and kick ball. Daily fitness activities are also part of the 4th and 5th grade program.

Middle School

The physical education program for our middle school students emphasizes physical fitness; knowledge of rules, terminology, and strategies involved in various sports and games; personal hygiene and nutrition; and enjoyment of physical activity as a leisure time pursuit and health aid.  

Students participate in 3-week units in football, basketball, circus arts, bowling, golf, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, team handball, paddle tennis, dance, soccer, health and nutrition, and track and field.