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Grade Four

Learning Outcomes Framework           GRADE FOUR     Physical Education - P-6

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


Students will be expected to:

Active Living

                     demonstrate an understanding of the importance and benefits of warm-up and cool-down activities

                     demonstrate knowledge of the location of the body’s large muscle groups and use them to increase strength

                     perform locomotor activities of low-, medium-, and high-intensity (e.g., walking, jogging, running)

                     develop a variety of skipping skills for use in an aerobic activity

                     demonstrate a willingness to participate in an intramural activity at lunch time or after school

                     identify and list benefits resulting from participation in different forms of physical activities

                     participate with and show respect for persons of like and different skill levels

                     identify good and bad foods and their effect on the body

Alternative Environments

                     experience using a community resource to participate in physical activity (e.g., pool, rink)

                     experience an outdoor activity in each of the four seasons

                     select appropriate clothing for different types of weather

                     participate in a schoolyard clean up program

                     participate in a walking or jogging program in preparation for hiking, orienteering, cross-country skiing

                     follow directions and symbols on a map of the school grounds, locating specific landmarks


                     demonstrate ways to travel, changing speed and direction, in response to a variety of rhythms

                     perform simple rhythmic actions to songs

                     demonstrate ways to mirror and match the movements of a travelling partner to form sequences and dances

                     demonstrate ways to combine two or more movement patterns based on sets of either three or four beats into repeatable sequences or to music

                     perform a folk dance for a group (e.g., younger students, parents, senior citizens)

                     identify and describe how culture is reflected in folk dance

                     identify and compare the use of a variety of types of music used in dance, and appreciate and respect the place of each

Educational Gymnastics

                     apply appropriate safe spotting procedures for gymnastics activities

                     perform balance in a variety of positions using one, two, three, four, or five bases of support and demonstrating various shapes and body control (wide, narrow, curled)

                     demonstrate ways to travel, jump, land, and roll over low equipment (starting the roll with or without hands on the floor)

                     demonstrate a variety of rolls (e.g., shoulder, forward, back) using correct technique

                     experience using small equipment (e.g., hoops, ropes) to create a sequence of various gymnastic skills

                     create and perform simple sequences alone or with a partner involving rolling, weight transfers, and balances

Skill Development

                     throw balls of various sizes and weights to an appropriate target or partner using a smooth overhand motion

                     perform dodging skills

                     dribble with feet and hands in a group in a restricted area without colliding with others

                     strike a lightweight ball in succession using at least two different body parts, keeping it in self-space

                     strike a ball to a wall or a partner, with a paddle, using forehand and backhand strokes

                     strike a softly thrown, lightweight ball back to a partner using a variety of body parts and combinations of body parts (e.g., the bump volley as in volleyball, the thigh as in soccer)

                     demonstrate ways to avoid or catch an individual or object while travelling

                     demonstrate ways to keep an object in the air using a variety of body parts and implements in a small group (e.g., ball, scoops, paddles, head, hands, feet)

                     identify and demonstrate the techniques of basic games skills (throw, catch) and practise independently to improve skill level

                     demonstrate an understanding of the basic rules of the games played in class

                     demonstrate an appreciation of the differences between co-operative and competitive activities and the role of each in physical education

                     demonstrate ways to toss/catch three scarves in own space

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