Physical Education & Wellness Curriculum

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PE and Wellness Curriculum Frameworks

Physical Education Department Competencies


Freshman Course

Fitness Through Sports and Games - PHY 100

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 9

This course will introduce the student to the importance of physical activity as a component of every healthy lifestyle. Students will participate in activities such as fitness development, team activities, initiative games and individual sports and other activities as deemed appropriate by the Physical Education staff.


Sophomore Course

Wellness - HTH 200

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10

This course is a requirement for sophomores. Students will study a variety of health topics and will be encouraged to apply these concepts to their own personal lifestyles. This course focuses on health triangle, nutrition, sexuality, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, mental well-being, and safety.


Sophomore and Junior Courses

To fulfill graduation requirements, students must choose courses from the following list to meet the equivalent of two courses or four credits, scheduling one course in grade 10 and one course in grade 11.

Fitness-Dance - PHY 301

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to combine the movements of dance with the principles of fitness. This will involve a variety of dances such as creative, hip hop, swing, line, and Latin. Fitness principles may include yoga, Pilates, aerobic and non-aerobic exercise, running, and walking. In addition, group presentations will be incorporated into the curriculum as well as other activities as deemed appropriate by the Physical Education Department.

Fitness for a Lifetime - PHY 302

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10, 11, 12

Emphasis will be placed upon fitness activities that can be practiced for a lifetime. These activities may include walking, weight training, running, tennis, golf, dance, and conditioning. Students will be introduced to some basic nutrition concepts as well as conduct their own wellness evaluations. In addition, fitness principles, traditional and non-traditional activities, will be incorporated throughout the trimester and other activities as deemed appropriate by the Physical Education staff.

Individual and Net Sports - PHY 303

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10, 11, 12

Emphasis in this course will be on the rules and skills necessary to play individual sports such as golf, bowling, and archery. Net and racquet sports such as tennis, badminton, volleyball, pickle, and paddleball, will be included. Fitness principles, traditional and non-traditional activities will be incorporated throughout the trimester and other activities as deemed appropriate by the Physical Education staff.

Project Adventure - PHY 304

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10, 11, 12

The Project Adventure curriculum will involve a wide variety of learning activities that will often include fun icebreakers, warm-up games, unique non-traditional games, group problem solving activities, as well as some traditional activities, all in preparation for the low/high ropes course challenges. Technical skills such as belaying, knot tying, proper care of climbing gear, and basic orienteering will also be taught in this course. Of highest importance, a safe and friendly classroom environment will be promoted. Respecting and valuing diversity will be highly stressed within the concept of the “Full Value Contract” as the basis for relating to one another. Trust building, listening skills, cooperation, and a willingness to try new activities are essential components for success in this class. Other activities may be included as deemed appropriate by the Physical Education staff.

Team Sports - PHY 305

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10, 11, 12

Emphasis in this course will be placed upon various rules and skills in team games such as soccer, flag football, team handball, lacrosse, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, softball, and other team sports. Focus will include competition through round robin and tournament play. In addition, fitness principles, traditional and non-traditional activities will be incorporated throughout the trimester and other activities as deemed appropriate by the Physical Education staff.

Weight Training and Conditioning - PHY 306

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10, 11, 12

Time will be spent on personal weight training, cross training, plyometrics, running, additional cardiovascular activities, and other activities, as deemed appropriate by the Physical Education staff. Focus will be on personal fitness plans, anatomy and physiology, and culminating projects.

Advanced Weight Training and Conditioning - PHY 307

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10, 11, 12

This course will focus on personal weight training programs based on sport specific programs and training for sport performance. Students will research weight training programs. The Bigger, Faster, Stronger program will be introduced. Plyometric and cardiovascular activities will be integral components of this course. Students will benefit from weight training and cardiorespiratory endurance activities and core training. Students will be empowered to make appropriate choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors for a healthy active lifestyle. Other games and activities, including fitness circuits and fitness testing will be included that will improve total body conditioning.


Senior Course

To fulfill graduation requirements, students must complete Lifetime Wellness

Lifetime Wellness - HTH 201

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 12

It is important to take charge of your life and have healthy lifestyle related goals. This will allow you to take responsibility for your own personal well-being. This course will examine ways to take a proactive and preventative approach to provide ideal levels of physical, emotional and social function. It will also prepare you for life after Winnacunnet as you move through the stages of maturity and the health related issues that come with it, including nutrition and fitness, environmental and community health, personal and consumer health, first aid and safety, healthy behaviors and choices, and disease.


Physical Education Elective Courses

Students are encouraged to continue their physical education experience by selecting courses from the elective program.

Competitive Sports - PHY 400

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 11, 12

This course is an orientation toward individual and team games such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, and other activities, as deemed appropriate by the Physical Education staff. The majority of the time will be spent on playing and tournament-type competition.

Sports Medicine I - PHY 411

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 11, 12

This course is designed as an introduction to the procedures and practices relating to the prevention and care of athletic injuries. Students will explore the anatomy and physiology of the human body and practice taping and wrapping techniques. Students will be certified in CPR and First Aid and will be required to participate in clinical hours outside of the classroom.

Sports Medicine II - PHY 412

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 11, 12

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in sports medicine, athletic training, physical therapy and other health related occupations are encouraged to enroll in this course. This course is designed to explore more advanced techniques in athletic training. Students will spend time working with the athletic trainer and be assigned to work with athletic teams to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in the area of prevention and care of athletic injuries. Students will become re-certified in CPR. Some after school assignments are required. Prerequisite: Sports Medicine I and permission of the Director of Athletics.

Sports Officiating - PHY 413

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 11, 12

This course is designed to deal with the rules and mechanics for officials in various sports. The student will learn how to become an official in a number of sports. Sportsmanship and proper behavior at athletic contests will be included in the course. Some after school assignments will be necessary.