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Grade One

Learning Outcomes Framework         GRADE ONE             Physical Education - P-6

(N.S. Department of Education, April 2003)



Students will be expected to:

Basic Movement

                      respond to a variety of stop and start signals

                      find a self-space in a large boundaried area

                      identify the location of different body parts

                      perform fast and slow movements with various body parts

                      travel while moving in a variety of body shapes, with and without a partner

                      put a variety of body parts and objects into different levels, alone and with a partner

                      experience changing from a leading to a following position in relation to a partner

                      demonstrate ways to change direction and pathways while moving through general space, in order not to collide with others

                      jump, skip, gallop, and slide

Alternative Environments

                      experience walking around the school observing landmarks and being conscious of litter and the environment

                      experience scaling a hill under different seasonal conditions using a different number of body parts

                      participate in the building of sculptures

                      play a game of shadow tag on a sunny day

                      play on playground apparatus and discuss the safety issues of each piece

                      experience walking as quietly as possible as a measure of sensitivity to the environment


                      experience the enjoyment of participating alone and with others

                      select and respond to music of different tempos to stimulate locomotor movements

                      experience moving on straight, curved, and zig-zag pathways

                      demonstrate ways to change from a leading to a following position in relation to a partner

                      demonstrate ways to express the qualities of fast and slow speed through a variety of creative dance sequences

                      perform simple sequences that focus on changes in direction, level, pathway, and shape (separately or combined)

Educational Gymnastics

                      demonstrate an understanding of safety rules specific to a gymnastic environment

                      demonstrate a willingness to take turns, as directed, on various pieces of gymnastic equipment

                      perform the qualities of fast and slow speed through a variety of gymnastic sequences on the floor and on small equipment

                      demonstrate ways to follow different pathways and directions while moving on the ground or on low equipment

                      demonstrate the use of movement sentences (the starting position is the capital letter, the action is the verb, the quality of movement is the adjective, and the finishing position is the period) to explore balances and shapes

                      experience and perform a variety of rolls (log, shoulder, forward)

                      combine jumps and landing to create a sequence

                      demonstrate ways to jump and land using a variety of take-off and landing patterns (two feet to two feet, one foot to two feet, one foot to one foot, and one foot to the other foot)

Skill Development

                      demonstrate an understanding of fair-play principles

                      demonstrate a willingness to move in various formations (line, circle, scattered)

                      demonstrate an understanding of the difference between right and left

                      catch a softly thrown ball at different levels using properly positioned hands

                      travel slowly in different directions while manipulating a ball with various implements and body parts (hands, feet, scoop, hockey stick) on the spot or while travelling

                      use both right and left hands to push a balloon upward and keep it off the ground with the hands, or with an implement (e.g., lightweight paddle)

                      strike a lightweight ball with at least three different body part (e.g., knee, foot, elbow) keeping it in self-space

                      strike a small playground ball off a tee or cone using the hand

                      throw various objects (e.g., ball, beanbag, Frisbee) at targets and play target games

                      demonstrate techniques for throwing (stance, step, follow-through)

                      trap a slow moving ball with the bottom of both feet

                      swing a short rope in various positions with both the right and the left hand (above head, in front of body, to right/left, under body)

                      bounce a ball using two hands

                      demonstrate ways to bounce and catch using two hands, using a variety of balls (sponge, tennis, playground)

                      use a variety of small equipment (e.g., rope, hoop, ball, beanbag) to practise jumping over, around, and through

                      kick a ball at a large target (larger ball, hoop, pylon, partner)

                      skip with a short rope forward and backward

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