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Grade Three

Learning Outcomes Framework       GRADE THREE        Physical Education - P-6

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


Students will be expected to:

Basic Movement

                     demonstrate an understanding of safety rules in physical education classes

                     respond and react to stop and start signals (e.g., use drum, whistle, voice) using speed as a variable

                     experience a variety of ways of moving in relation to a stationary partner or object

                     experience combining shapes, levels, and pathways into simple sequences

                     demonstrate an understanding of the effect of physical activity on one’s heart

                     demonstrate a variety of warm-up and cool-down activities

Alternative Environments

                     plan a clean-up at a local beach or park

                     experience coasting on a nearby hill

                     participate in building a mini log cabin using dead sticks in a nearby wooded area

                     brainstorm the hazards of going sledding and going to the beach

                     experience playing a game in a variety of environments (e.g., hide and seek in a wooded restricted area, snow-golf)


                     experience dancing to a variety of music with varying tempos or speeds

                     demonstrate an understanding of the origin of dances taught in class, and explore the cultures from which these dances originate

                     experience using different body shapes and movements to creatively express the various qualities of effort (e.g., force, speed)

                     perform locomotor and non-locomotor movements with a partner demonstrating different relationships

            (e.g., leading, following, mirroring)

                     demonstrate ways to create a still life and slow motion representation of a symbol or picture of physical activity

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

Educational Gymnastics

                     take responsibility for the safety of oneself and others when using gymnastic equipment

                     select and perform activity-specific stretches for gymnastics manoeuvres

                     demonstrate ways to manage own body weight while hanging and climbing

                     demonstrate ways to transfer weight over low equipment (e.g., hurdles, hoops, mats) in a variety of ways

                     experience the qualities of light and strong force through a variety of gymnastics sequences

                     perform different body shapes in the air when jumping off the ground or low-level equipment

                     emphasize resilience in the landing

                     perform a jump, land, and roll in any direction

                     demonstrate an understanding of proper spotting procedures when using large apparatus

Skill Development

                     demonstrate using the inside of the foot to send and collect a ball

                     move to catch an object in a small group (two on one keep away situation)

                     demonstrate the ability to strike a suspended ball, using a forehand motion, with either a hand or a lightweight paddle

                     send a ball along the ground and through the air with a body part and an implement to a stationary partner

                     run and kick a ball that is moving slowly toward or away from him/her, using the instep

                     use an overhand throw, so that the ball travels in different pathways in the air and covers different distances

                     use dodging skills in a small group situation using a soft, lightweight object

                     use a variety of objects (balls, beanbag) to practise throwing at a target

                     recognize that skill development requires practice

                     dribble a ball, using the hands or feet

                     strike a ball with a bat from a tee or cone, using a correct grip and side orientation

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