Lower School: Physical Education

The Physical Education Program challenges students to reach their fullest physical, social/emotional, and intellectual potentials through various fun and enthusiastic planned activities. While engaging in our friendly, yet challenging environment, students develop a strong sense of sportsmanship, confidence, and citizenship along with their classmates.

For the 2021-22 school year we will be taking the proper precautions to maintain a safe and fun learning environment.  Children and faculty will wear masks during transition time.  Classes will be held outside as long as weather permits.  Students will be properly socially distanced at all times during class.  Students will wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before and after class.  Equipment will be regularly sanitized before, during, and after class.

Grades PreK-2: Physical Education emphasizes free exploration, body awareness, and proprioceptive activities with modified equipment and physical examples. Through various activities, students learn to work individually, with partners, and within groups. Emphasis is placed on cooperation, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.

Grades 3-4: Students learn proper exercise performance and routines while learning to set realistic goals for their own strength, endurance, and flexibility throughout the school year. Classes become more sports-oriented as specific developmental skills, rules, and strategies of sports are taught; while the importance of good sportsmanship is also defined and explored. The concept of learning how to use individual strengths to better oneself and achieve success is the main focus, rather than a concentration on winning and losing.

Grade 5: The Physical Education Program takes a deeper dive into the science of physical fitness and teaching the importance of healthy diets, exercise, and lifestyle. It also advances on sport specific concepts and teachings; presenting students with the opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of individual and team sports. Personal growth, confidence building, and skill development are supported through individual attention and positive reinforcement. Cultivating a deeper understanding and appreciation for the different sports and athletic activities offered, students will come away with greater comfort and confidence to serve them as they move up into the team sports programs.

Below is a list of the sports and activities in which your child will participate over the course of the school year:

Football Badminton
Soccer Floor Hockey
Cross-Country Cross-Country
Volleyball Baseball
Fitness Pickleball
Floor Hockey Basketball
Fun and Games Tennis
Dance Yoga


Physical Education Dress Code

Learn about what your child should wear for Physical education in the Lower School Dress Code.

Physical Education Team

If you have further questions please feel free to contact:

Mark McAndrews
Lower School Physical Education Coordinator
Summer Institute
(203) 322-3496, Ext. 351

Alison Stoddart
Lower School Movement and Physical Education Teacher