Elementary Physical Education Curriculum Information 

At IST our objectives as Physical Education teachers are to  provide all our students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to live physically active and healthy lives. We follow the guidelines from the IBO for PYP Physical Education.  The IBO recommends five strands of study within Physical Education. (In brackets are the activities this translates to at IST)

Adventure Challenge (Problem Solving, Orienteering)

Movement Composition (Gymnastics, Dance)

Games (Basketball, Soccer, Flag Rugby, T-Ball)

Individual Pursuits (Swimming, Athletics)

Health Related Fitness

We firmly believe that primary age children should experience a wide range of physical activities hence Units of Inquiry within PE rotate every four or five weeks. Units are concept based and skills are developed to support students as they explore these concepts. 

 The PYP uses six trans-disciplinary themes that are relevant to us all:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

We use these themes within the PE curriculum at to develop links with units of inquiry that children follow in their home classrooms.

During PE lessons at IST we use the IBO Learner Profile to encourage students to become:

  • inquirers—their natural curiosity has been nurtured and they actively enjoy learning
  • thinkers—they exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to solving complex problems
  • communicators—they receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language
  • risk-takers—they approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence to explore new ideas
  • knowledgeable—they have explored themes that have global significance and have acquired a critical mass of knowledge
  • principled—they have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning and have acquired integrity, honesty and a sense of justice
  • caring—they show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others, and have a sense of personal commitment to helping others
  • open-minded—they respect the values of other individuals and cultures and seek to consider a range of points of view
  • well-balanced—they understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being
  • reflective—they give thoughtful consideration to their own learning by constructively analysing their personal strengths and weaknesses.

 For more information About the Primary Years Programme go to the following link:


PE Uniforms

PE Classes IST PE Uniform Children must come to school with appropriate gear on PE days.

Sports Shoes – no sandals or Crocs please
Water bottle and Hat (for PE and recess)
School uniform to change into after PE (Grade 4 and 5 only)
No jewellery – necklaces, long ear-rings (stud ear-rings are permitted)
Any long hair should be tied back.
PE gear for Swimming Classes

Swim Shorts for boys
Swim Suits for girls – no bikinis
Swim cap and goggles (optional)

For the academic year 2010-2011, the PE Department is introducing a scheme to reward those students who consistently bring the correct equipment to PE lessons. Certificates will be presented at the end of each term.

If your child needs to be excused from lessons for any reason, please write a note in their link book.

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