In the Upper Elementary Program, children review and begin to master skills acquired in the Lower El program. They are also introduced to a wide variety of new skills developmentally appropriate for this age level. Nine to twelve physical education will allow for the refinement of fundamental patterns, mature motor patterns, and selected insulated manipulative skills. Students will begin to be able to use these skills and combinations of skills in the context of actual performance situations. Children will begin to use teacher feedback to improve skills, and work with peers in cooperative settings. They will identify the purposes for and follow activity-specific practices, game and class rules, procedures, and sportsmanship. Students will continue to develop cooperative interpersonal skills to enable completion of a common goal while working with a partner or small group.
Upper Elementary students attach great importance to group membership and often choose participation in physical activity to be with their peers. This interaction allows for the opportunity to demonstrate leadership as well as learning to be a good follower. They continue to be challenged by learning new physical activities. All these skills contribute to the development of productive and responsible young citizens.