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Elementary Physical Education

Charles County Public Schools offers a PK – 5th-grade physical education program aligned with the Maryland State Department of Education’s Framework for each grade level. Elementary physical education facilitates the development of fundamental motor skills and fosters an appreciation for regular physical activity to enhance overall health and well-being. The program aims to instill positive attitudes towards physical fitness, teamwork, and sportsmanship, establishing the foundation for a lifelong commitment to an active and healthy lifestyle. Students are empowered to become physically literate, proficient in demonstrating essential skills for an active lifestyle, while also comprehending the benefits of their choices in promoting growth and development across the physical, cognitive, and social domains. Through this comprehensive approach, students will cultivate a mindset that values physical activity, recognizes its pivotal role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to embrace and enjoy an active way of life.

Students will be able to:

  • Exhibit proficiency in fundamental motor skills and movement patterns.
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to adopt and enjoy an active lifestyle.
  • Engage in a variety of physical activities for enjoyment and self-expression.
  • Cultivate an appreciation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and engaging in age-appropriate physical activities.

Content Covered – PK – 5th Grade Physical Education:

  • Adventure Games
  • Cooperative Games
  • Creative Movement & Movement Concepts








Strategies & Tactics







Passing  Receiving  (Feet/Hands)

Curling and  Stretching

Rolling a Ball

Dance and Rhythms








Jogging and Running

Twisting and Bending

Jumping and  Landing


Jumping Rope

Weight Transfer










  • Small Sided Practice Tasks
  • Water Safety (5th Grade)

The physical education program is dedicated to providing safe and respectful learning experiences for all students. To promote physical literacy, students will engage in activities that explore and develop skills, concepts, and strategies, fostering confidence in movement for lifelong wellness. It is expected that all students wear appropriate attire during physical education classes to ensure the safety and hygiene of each participant. This practice remains a crucial component of the physical education program.

In elementary school:

  • Students are not required to change clothes for physical education.
  • Students should wear athletic footwear (sneakers) in physical education class for safety.
  • Students should arrive prepared with clothing that allows for safe and appropriate movement.

The State of Maryland mandates that all K-12 grade students have access to Physical Education. Accommodations may be necessary based on a student's physical limitations or medical conditions. Individuals with disabilities may require specific strategies and adjustments to ensure effective instruction in Physical Education.

Adapted Physical Education (APE) services are available to support students when participating in general Physical Education with established curricula, as deemed appropriate. The APE Resource Teacher collaborates with the general Physical Education teacher to develop programs tailored to meet the unique needs of each student. Additionally, the resource teacher may work directly with identified students with disabilities, as needed.