Physical Education


St. Thomas Academy offers physical education to our students from prekindergarten through fifth grade.

Our goal is to build strength, endurance, and agility to develop wellness and promote a lifetime appreciation of physical fitness. Students participate in a variety of physical activities in the developing fine and gross motor skills with an emphasis on personal achievement and team participation. Working cooperatively to achieve mutually defined and desired goals increases the likelihood that students will accept and respect individual differences. 

Oregon Benchmark 1 (Grades K-3) physical education students work on the basic skills of moving, using equipment and varying the manner in which the skills are performed in relationship to changing conditions and expectations. Students achieve mature form in the less complex skills (e.g., underhand throw) and progress toward achieving mature form in the more complex skills (e.g., foot dribble). They also work on safe practices, physical education class rules and procedures.

Expressive and efficient moving Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of motor skills.

  • Demonstrate mature form of basic locomotor patterns: run, gallop, slide, horizontal jump, hop, leap, and skip, starting and stopping on command and in control.
  • Demonstrate critical elements in manipulative skills: throw, catch, kick, and strike.
  • Balance, demonstrating momentary stillness, in symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes on a variety of body parts.
  • Demonstrate three different step patterns and combinations of movements into repeatable sequences.

Fitness for Lifetime Demonstrate knowledge of a physically active lifestyle. 

  •  Identify changes in his/her body during moderate to vigorous exercise.

Self-Management and Social Behavior

Understand appropriate and positive behavior management (social skills) and respect for all individual differences, including gender, ethnicity, and physical ability during physical activity. 

  • Identify rules, procedures, and etiquette in a specified physical activity. 
  • Identify positive ways to resolve conflict.i

Oregon Benchmark 2 (Grades 4-5) physical education students continue to build on achieving mature form of more complex skills (e.g., hand dribble, throw). Students begin to engage in physical activities specifically related to each component of physical fitness (cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition), complete standardized fitness testing comprised of these components and with teacher assistance interpret the results. Students become capable of monitoring their own activity and use performance feedback to increase their understanding of a skill as well as to improve performance.

Expressive and Efficient Moving Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of motor skills. 

  • Demonstrate the use of a foot dribble (R/L foot), hand dribble (R/L hand), strike, throw, catch, and volley with a partner.
  • Perform one dance or rhythmic activity to music.

Understand and apply movement concepts. 

  • Through feedback and practice, demonstrate improvement in performance of a new motor skill.

Understand rules and strategies for a variety of physical activities. 

  • Use basic offensive and defensive roles in physical activities, or games, or sports.
  • Identify rules and procedures in specified physical activities.

Understand the meaning of physical fitness and how personal fitness can be improved and maintained using a health-related fitness assessment as one tool for measuring.

Fitness for Lifetime Demonstrate knowledge of a physically active lifestyle. 

  •  Identify and assess the health-related components of fitness.

Self- Management and Social Behavior

Understand appropriate and positive behavior management (social skills) and respect for all individual differences, including gender, ethnicity, and physical ability during physical activity.

  • Explain and demonstrate safety, rules, procedures, and etiquette to be followed during participation in physical activities.