At Pike Road Schools, we strive to establish a culture of Health and Wellness daily, facilitating health and sport education using several methodologies that comply with our Mission: To create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create.
Before and after school activities
Interscholastic Athletics: We are a member of AHSAA. Participation starts in 7th grade. We have nine teams and over 100 students participate in interscholastic athletics
Intramurals: An after school activity held in February and March for 5th and 6th graders. Participants learn unique strategy and cooperative games, as well as create competitions in the traditional sports.
Survival of the Fittest: A week long, after school activity for 5th through 8th grade. Participants undergo a series of rigorous fitness tests. The individuals who score the highest on each event and the individual who has the highest average ranking at the end of the week receive certificates.
Physical Activity Breaks
Each grade level goes outside at least once daily.
Games and activities organized by teachers and paraprofessionals.
Typical equipment used includes kickballs, hula hoops, jump ropes, and frisbees. All equipment is donated.
Playground: $80,000 grant used to construct playground. Tutorial of how to use the equipment was filmed and narrated by students. Teachers share a playground schedule to avoid overcrowding. Playground is used by grades Kindergarten through 6th.
Indoor Brain Breaks: teachers have access to a catalogue of physical activities which can be performed in small spaces. Teachers utilize online dance modules such as GoNoodle.
Health and Sport Education infused into the curriculum
Teachers combine health and wellness topics with other subjects to create activities and projects that are authentic and engaging. Some examples include:
Ball project (Kindergarten): Students discovered the composition of various sports balls by cutting them open, compared their shape, learned how to inflate and deflate balls, tested their buoyancy, measured and weighed them, researched the manufacturing processes, and explored the materials used to construct balls.
Let’s Get Moving project (3rd grade): Students researched different ways to be active and healthy and then created posters and videos that they presented to classmates.
Choreography projects (grades 6th, 7th, and 8th): 6th grade had a guest dance instructor teach the whole grade a routine which culminated in a performance in front of other grade levels. 7th and 8th graders frequently choreograph dance routines to meet the requirements of projects.
Leap Day project (2nd grade): On February 29th, students measured how far they can leap (standing broad jump).
Nutrition project (Kindergarten): Students investigated prepackaged and processed foods, as well as the pros and cons of additives. Students took a field trip to Publix.
Cardiovascular Health Project (4th grade): Students learned the anatomy and function of the heart. Students exercised at various intensities to discover how it relates to heart rate and cardiovascular endurance
Health Expo (7th and 8th grade): Students selected an area of health that they were passionate about and created a booth to inform the public about their chosen topics
Family Health History project (7th and 8th grade): Students researched their family health history and proposed preventive measures for themselves based on these findings.
Health and Wellness Class
Class directed by certified physical education teachers. K-6 Students attend at least three times per week. Grades 7 & 8 meet daily.
Students learn fundamental movement skills and sport-specific skills as well as participate in strategy games, cooperative learning, and fitness activities.
Example units include: flag football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, CrossFit, dance, golf, cup-stacking, and cooperative games.
Some units are student-led, which requires group leaders to create lessons which progress from fundamentals, to lead-up games, to competitive games. At the end of the unit, group leaders create a league which includes a draft, regular season, and playoffs.
Bi-annual fitness testing includes the 1-mile run, push-up test, curl-up test, and v-sit and reach. Fitness testing data is submitted to State via InformationNow.