Physical education at Ranney School has been developed to respect the stages of physical development in young children. In PE, students are expected to develop their gross motor skills and improve hand-eye coordination and large movement skills. PE is scheduled frequently throughout the week so that students learn to appreciate the importance of physical activity for a healthy lifestyle.
The major emphasis at this level is the development of locomotor, non-locomotor and game-playing skills. The objective is to develop coordination, rhythm, flexibility, speed, agility, balance, strength and endurance. As these personal awareness concepts develop, they are incorporated into organized games and activities.
At this level, the development of locomotor and non-locomotor skills are reinforced and sport-specific skills are taught and developed in a progressive curriculum. A greater emphasis is placed on physical fitness and general well-being with a concentration on the development of the whole child. The concepts of competitive sport are introduced and students are taught the dynamics of team support, spirit, and sportsmanship. Increased time is allotted for sports programs.
Ranney School’s aquatics program commences in Beginners (age three) and continues through grade 12. Students are taught the fundamentals of water safety and receive instruction in the various aspects of swimming. Each student swims at least once per week in the 25-meter pool.
This year-long course is an introduction to swimming and water safety. Students are shown the proper way to enter and exit the pool. Aquatic skills include prone and back float, beginner stroke, backstroke, rolling over in the water, jumping into the pool and treading water. Children who master the above skills are introduced to rotary breathing and the front crawl stroke.
This year-long course includes instruction in swimming the following strokes with proper form: front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke. The course also includes diving and the mastery of basic water safety skills.
Healthy living is important and helps support proper academic, social and physical development. We encourage students to embrace healthy living. A healthy lifestyle encompasses many aspects of school life, such as a love of learning, responsible citizenship, physical activity, proper health and hygiene habits and healthy eating.
Throughout the school year, Lower School students receive health instruction both in the classroom and from Health Service staff. In Early Childhood (Beginners-Kindergarten), students learn the importance of safety rules, proper teeth cleaning, eye care and hand washing, as well as important nutritional information. Teachers integrate health instruction into the science curriculum, and will often invite parents to visit to discuss their area of expertise within healthcare professions.
To complement classroom instruction and stages in our students’ development, we arrange for our students in grades 1–5 to attend health seminars throughout the school year. These seminars are conducted by our school nurses in conjunction with the Lower School administration. General health topics at these age levels include respecting the use of medicine, drug and alcohol awareness, stranger danger, nutrition and physical activity and safety rules. Topics will vary for each grade level but are relevant to the developmental stages of our students.