Developing Physical Literacy
At TDVA, students develop physical literacy in Movement classes. Physical literacy is the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life.
Younger students learn and practice locomotor movement skills, including walking, jogging, skipping, galloping, hopping, jumping, and leaping, in a variety of pathways, directions, and levels. They also develop basic manipulative skills, including throwing, catching, kicking, striking, and dribbling. Older students practice these skills as well, with the task of combining locomotor movements with manipulative skills. Students use their bodies and equipment to explore a variety of concepts that incorporate reading, math, and social emotional topics.
The activities performed in TDVA Movement classes meet the Colorado Learning Standards for Physical Education, as well as SHAPE America's National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes. These standards define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a highly effective physical education program. During Movement class, students practice the knowledge and skills they have learned through physical activity and various assessments. Students are also encouraged to be active outside of school, like going to the park, going for a walk with family, or playing on a team.
Opportunity and Inclusion
Movement classes cover content essential to physical literacy and the opportunities to practice in class are active and plentiful. Our aim is for students to find a love of movement that will help them find joy for the rest of their lives and to lay a foundation for them to flourish. For these reasons, we rarely play an elimination style games where someone has to “sit out”. Practice time is vital to improvement of skills. We cover a large number of activities with numerous types of equipment to ensure student success.