PE & Recess

The NPS physical education program provides an engaging environment where children learn the importance of prioritizing health and wellness in their lives. Children build character as they develop skills in safety, sportsmanship and cooperation.

At all levels, physical fitness activities encourage the children to challenge themselves. As students participate in a variety of different movement and body control exercises, they also learn the rules and strategies of organized team sports and games. From the youngest children who run, skip, jump, and hop to the oldest students who refine their skills and learn team sports, teachers challenge each student to develop his or her individual skills and talents.

In addition to physical education, NPS students have multiple opportunities throughout the course of the school day to go outside for recess. Recognizing that unstructured, outdoor free play is vital to developing social skills and to energizing both the body and the mind, students are encouraged to play pick-up soccer games on the field, to develop gross motor skills on the monkey bars and swings and fine motor skills digging in the sand, to create structures with the outdoor Imagination Playground, or to just sit on a bench for a conversation with a friend.

Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Graders may join the School’s sports teams.

Physical Education Overview

NPS Students excel at

  • Appreciating and exhibiting good sportsmanship
  • Participating in all activities with earnest effort and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrating proficiency at a variety of athletic skills
  • Displaying knowledge of the rules and strategies of sports and games

Physical Education Highlights

  • Field Day (N–6)
  • Magic Club ball skills program (1–3)
  • Jump Rope Club (1–6)

Robert Craig, Physical Education

BS, George Washington University

Stacey Nobrega, Physical Education

BS, Springfield College
snobrega@nps-dc.org

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