• Program Philosophy


    Heritage Lakes Elementary

    Physical Development Program Philosophy

    Physical Development is based upon the acquisition of knowledge, physical fitness, motor skills, social skills, and positive attitudes to empower all students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.

    The Physical Development staff at Heritage Lakes delivers the curriculum using a Skill-Theme approach based on developmentally appropriate physical activities in an active, caring, supportive, and non-threatening atmosphere; in which every student is challenged to be successful. Students with special needs will be provided with a learning environment that is modified, when necessary, to allow for maximum participation.

    The program goals of this curriculum are based on National Standards and are in alliance with the Illinois State Board of Education performance descriptors. This program expects to meet specific learning outcomes in order to physically educate each student. 

    According to the National Association of Sport and Physical Education a physically educated person is defined as one who:

    • Haslearned the skills necessary to perform a variety of activities;
    • Knows the implications of and the benefits from involvement in physical activities;
    • Doesparticipate regularly in physical activity;
    • Is physically fit;
    • Valuesphysical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle;