Physical Education

Alberta's Physical Education Curriculum supports students in acquiring skills through a variety of developmentally appropriate movement activities. They will gain experience within various physical activities assisting them in further understanding health & wellness benefits, promoting positive interactions and leading an active lifestyle.

Physical Education Information for the 2021-2022 School Year

Greetings Maverick family!  For PE this upcoming school year, students in Grades 4 through 6 will remain in cohorts, and will not be asked to change for PE class this year.  However, these students should always bring footwear that is appropriate for athletic movement.

Students in Grades 7 through 9 will be asked to change for PE class.  This includes a different t-shirt and different shorts/sweatpants that are NOT worn the remainder of the day in academic classes.  All students in grades 7 through 9 have also been assigned a PE locker for storing of gym strip and personal hygiene products should they desire them.  All students in grades 7 - 9 have the same standing PE homework assignment:  Take PE gym strip home to be washed each Friday, bring back clean PE gym strip on Monday!

Physical Education Teacher Assignments for 2021-2022

All schedules, planning & information provided is based on the most up to date information and is subject to change. We will inform you as we receive new updates or changes to protocol as provided to us by the CBE.

PHE Canada's Daily Quality Physical Education 4 Star Award

Here at William D. Pratt School, we put the highest priority in providing our students the very best in both our Physical Education & Athletic programs.  Every year since opening in September 2016 we have applied & been recognized with a 4 star ranking from Physical & Health Education Canada, which is their highest category.

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Requirements for the Four Star PHE Canada DQPE Award

  • Achieves provincial curriculum learning outcomes
  • Well-planned lessons incorporating a wide range of activities that address the provincial curriculum learning outcomes/objectives
  • A variety of assessment and evaluation strategies that enhance student learning
  • Emphasize student learning, personal success, fair play, and personal health and wellness
  • Adhere to provincial student safety guidelines
  • Appropriate learning activities for the age/stage of development of each student that reflect current research and best practices
  • All students are taught by a qualified physical educator 
  • Minimum of 30 minutes of physical education every day of the school year

Why is Daily Quality Physical Education an Important Part of the William D. Pratt School Day?

Daily Quality Physical Education ensures that all children have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and habits that they need to lead physically active lives now, and just as importantly, into the future. Regular physical activity can help children and adolescents improve cardiovascular fitness, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of developing health conditions such as heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

There is also evidence that exercise helps children to learn more efficiently.  Dr. John J. Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, explored the connection between exercise and the brain, providing strong evidence that aerobic exercise physically remodels the brain for peak performance on all fronts. Specifically, Dr. Ratey wrote that exercise improves learning on three levels: "First, it optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention, and motivation; second, it prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for logging in new information; and third, it spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus." In short, not only does exercise help the brain get ready to learn but it actually makes retaining information easier.

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Thank you for assisting your child in being successful not only in their Physical Education class, but in all aspects of school here at William D. Pratt School.

Your 2021-2022 WDP Physical Education Team:  

     Mr. Howat, Mr. Vahaaho & Mr. Coombe


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