Physical Education at PS 349 goes beyond just playing sports. Not only does physical education help students understand the importance of being active and healthy, it also gives them the opportunity to work on the social skills, thinking process, and the ability to learn new skills that they can use in their later life. Physical Education is a place where all students are given an opportunity to participate to reach their highest potential and enjoy themselves as they do so. All activities are age and skill appropriate for the students so that they are consistently engaged. Students develop their locomotor skills, balance, visual tracking, manipulation, health related components, and much more.
It is important that physical education is fun and exciting for the students. Physical education class is the only opportunity where students can learn new thing but don’t have to be stuck behind a desk. Being enthusiastic around the students will not only help make the lesson more enjoyable, it will also help gain the student’s attention and make them more willing to participate.
At PS 349, all students participate in the Rising New York Road Runners program, the NYCDOE Move to Improve program, and the Reebok BOKS Kids program. Rising New York Road Runners was developed to give all kids the opportunity to experience the transformative power of physical activity, so they have the tools to be physically literate and the confidence to be active for life. Elementary school teachers use Move-to-Improve to add physical activity into their classroom lessons. During a math lesson, students might do an aerobic activity to compare two numbers. During a literacy lesson, they might practice yoga movements to identify certain words. Any Kindergarten–5th grade student can participate in Move-to-Improve activities, no matter what their physical ability. Reebok BOKS Kids allows PS 349 to engage students in an after-school physical education club. Students in grades 3-5 also have the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run, an after school non-profit program that works to encourage the development of self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls through dynamic, interactive lessons as well as through running games, all of which culminates in a celebratory 5k run.