OCPS Physical Education is a place where students get to experience 50 minutes per session to get to learn movement and gross motor skills. Students get PE 1 to 2 times per week. We usually begin with learning and improving a skill, such as throwing, catching, locomotor or movement skills, balancing, catching, striking, etc. We spend some time practicing the skill, and then we begin to implement this skill into game play. We play games with a purpose. We emphasize good sportsmanship (winning and losing appropriately, getting along with teammates, showing respect for all, etc.) and how to properly perform the skill(s) we are working on, at the same time applying that skill in a fun game or stations. We also like to play integrated games where we practice vocabulary or math, but in a setting where we can move around and use movement skills that we have learned. Any time I can sneak in some of those academic subjects into our games and activiies is just a "plus"!Proper dress is very important in PE. Students should wear tennis shoes (shoes that cover the entire foot, toes, and heel), and girls should wear shorts under dresses and skirts.Music classes at OCPS are taught primarily using the Orff-Schulwerk method. This is an approach to music education that is based on the belief that the easiest, most effective method of teaching music is to draw out the student's natural interests in rhythm and melody and allow these to develop gradually. The child is led by intuition from simple to more sophisticated expression, beginning with speech patterns, rhythmic movement, and two-note melodies, and moving logically into more complex melodies and rhythms. Students in an Orff classroom are encouraged to be expressive and to explore musicality in their own ways. They sing, move, play instruments, and use manipulatives and technology daily. You won't see them sitting still for long!Visitors are always welcome in the music room. Please contact Ms. Charlotte if you would like to visit a music class!