Wyoming - Content Standards: Physical Education
The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. The Wyoming Physical Education Standards Committee recognizes that a physically literate individual: (a) has learned the skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities; (b) is physically fit; (c) does participate regularly in physical activity; (d) knows the implications of and benefits from involvement in physical activities; and (e) values physical activity and its contribution to a healthful lifestyle. These five major areas of focus that define what students should know and be able to do in physical education are key ingredients of quality physical education programs. Standards, as determined by the Committee, integrate the essential content, processes, and skills that students will need to master to become lifelong movers.
The Wyoming Physical Education Standards include 1) Movement Skills, 2) Fitness, and 3) Personal and Social Behavior. Basic movement skills, essential knowledge and understanding of physical activity and fitness, and the building blocks of personal and social behavior are introduced at the kindergarten-second grade span. Competency in movement skills and patterns for successful movement performance and the understanding of the benefits of physical activity and fitness, while developing responsible interactions with others, are further emphasized at the third-fifth grade span. Students who do not master these skills by the fifth grade level are unlikely to become lifelong movers. While developmental differences will result in some variance among young children, a failure to achieve these skills by the end of fifth grade is an occurrence of serious educational and health concerns.