Physical Education is comprised of two main kinaesthetic elements: Creative Movement and Physical Literacy. Through creative movement, children learn to careful attend to bodily cues and to use their body as a mode of expression of which the importance is vital to developing strong communication skills. At the same time, the focus of physical literacy is to assist children to analyze, evaluate, interpret causal events, and to problem solve in temporal and spatial activities such that are found in sports and games.
Purposeful activity is a vital part of our daily routine, which primarily ensures the overall health, safety, and wellbeing of every student. At the same time, purposeful activity stimulates intellectual, social and emotional development
By connecting the mind and body through established programs that address the foundations of creative movement and physical literacy, our students have many opportunities to bodily explore and simultaneously become mindful of their world. Utilizing their most important and primary modality for interacting with the world, namely the sensory-motor, children who develop a physical literacy are those who respond appropriately to their surroundings with self-control.
The importance of physical literacy is founded on the principle that learning is both embodied and embedded
The ability to engage with and make meaning of the world capitalizes on an innate capacity to sense and feel while simultaneously abstracting principles of order, causality, and patterns. Able to make mind-body connections, children abstract from physical encounters without the linguistic capacity to explain what they know. For instance, when a child is asked to explain the word, “reasonable,” a response is apt to contextualize the meaning. Hence, a child may respond, “I am reasonable when I play by the rules.”
By developing a focus on body awareness in time and space, children are introduced to Mindfulness. In its simplest form, mindfulness is the ability to observe self and others in the act of learning, which may be referred to as meta-awareness. Mindfulness is a means to develop the ability to embrace self in positive ways, to have empathy, and to respond with clarity and thoughtfulness to diverse events.
Laban Movement is founded on universal concepts inherent of all purposeful activity that explores bodily relationships. At Pythagoras Academy, Laban movement concepts are explored to raise awareness of the body through time and in space, to understand expressional elements across academics and arts, and to gain an appreciation for interacting with others and the environment.
Strength, power, flexibility, and endurance are practiced in activities such as Track & Field, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Yoga, and Dance; while Game Sense is favored in cooperative games as well as competitive team and individual sports.
By actively engaging the body and mind in physical endeavours, teachers take the opportunity to converge kinaesthetic skill building that also bridge emotional and cognitive skills such as problem solving, rapid judgment, discernment, and decision-making.