PE Course Descriptions

Physical Education Course Descriptions

All Students in PE Classes (9-12) will have their fitness levels assessed using FitnessGram.  Each student will develop fitness related goal(s) and an action plan to work toward attaining them.  Every PE class will consist of a minimum of 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity.

AWAKE PERSONAL FITNESS 34
Course #026a, 026b
(Semester, Open to Grades 11-12 only)
2.50 Credits/Semester

This course provides an overview of fitness concepts, the effects of exercise on an individual and explores training programs specific to achieving optimal physical and mental health. This class is fitness based and students will have the option of three fitness tracks: Personal Fitness, Group Fitness and Team Sports.  Activities include, but are not limited to strength training, plyometric training, cardiovascular training, intervals and metabolic conditioning. Many training modalities will be utilized. Individual and class data will be collected and analyzed in order to provide maximum training benefits. Awake Fitness begins before the start of the school day at 6:50am and ends at 8:10am.  It will open up a block in the school day for a study hall.  Students will assess their levels of physical fitness. Participants will create a personal fitness program specific to individual needs. Evaluation will include formative and summative assessments.  Students are required to bring their heart rate monitor strap to each class.

Prerequisites: Students must complete Wellness I and Wellness II with a passing grade or permission of instructor.


Wellness I 14

Course #031a, 031b
2.50 Credits/Semester
(Semester)

Wellness I is a one semester course designed so all students acquire the basic knowledge about how to become fit and why it is important. Students will learn how to safely use various exercise equipment and stations in the fitness center. Instruction will focus on the components of fitness and how they contribute to optimal health. Principles of strength training, elements of cardiovascular health, basic anatomy and physiology, and the elements of a personal fitness plan are topics covered during the course. All students have the opportunity to become CPR certified.  Polar heart rate monitors will be used in this course in order to assess heart rate.


Wellness II
Course #032a, 032b
2.50 Credits/Semester
(Semester)

Wellness II is a semester course designed for all students to have foundational knowledge pertaining to maintaining optimal health throughout their lifetime.  Wellness II curriculum is designed to develop and enhance lifetime wellness.  Wellness II expands on the five health-related components of fitness.  Students will assess their current level of physical fitness.  Topics in class will focus on functional fitness, exercise, and nutrition.  Students will learn and practice nine functional fitness movements.  Basic nutrition is covered including micro and macro nutrients and the digestive system.  


GROUP FITNESS 34
Course #012a, 012b
(Semester, Open to Grades 11-12 only)
2.50 Credits/Semester

Group Fitness is a course designed for students looking to experience fitness in a motivating group setting.  Exercise will focus on cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, balance, body alignment, relaxation techniques, and agility. Challenging aerobic workouts will be offered including but not limited to Kickboxing, Yoga/Pilates, Cross-Fit style workouts,Zumba, Circuit Training, Cycling, and Ballroom Dance. Assessment will include student taught workouts, choreographed dances, quizzes, fitness testing, Health Vision Boards, and article assignments.

Prerequisites: Students must complete Wellness I & Wellness II with a passing grade or permission of instructor. 

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR LIFE 34
Course #013a, 013b
(Semester, Open to Grades 11-12 only)
2.50 Credits/Semester

Recreational Activities for Life provides students with an opportunity to incorporate physical activity and life-long leisure experiences into their lifestyle through game play and practice. Focus units include but are not limited to, archery, badminton, golf, pickle ball, tennis, volleyball, walking/jogging. Other team sports will be incorporated as non-competitive activities. Skills and common concepts of each lifelong activity will be presented and developed through practice and match play. Students of all skill and experience levels are encouraged to enroll in this course.

Prerequisites: Students must complete Wellness I & Wellness II with a passing grade or permission of instructor. 

TEAM SPORTS 34
Course #014a, 014b
(Semester, Open to Grades 11-12 only)
2.50 Credits/Semester

The Team Sports course provides students the opportunity to experience a variety of team sports. Activities include but are not limited to flag football, soccer, ultimate games, speedball, basketball, floor hockey, and lacrosse. Content includes a comparison of various field invasion games examining strategies, proper sportsmanship, refereeing, rules, and skills. This class is designed for the competitive student.

Prerequisites: Students must complete Wellness I & Wellness II with a passing grade or permission of instructor. 

PERSONAL FITNESS 34
Course #015a, 015b
(Semester, Open to Grades 11-12 only)
2.50 Credits/Semester

This course builds on the concepts acquired from Wellness I & Wellness II. Continued emphasis will be placed on properly applied progressive resistance exercises using selected machines and free weights. Students will also become familiar with more advanced methods of strength and cardiovascular conditioning exercises. Each student will design his or her own personal fitness program appropriate to their individual goals and needs. Students will assess their levels of physical fitness and work to improve those levels each day in class. This is a great off-season or in-season conditioning program that can be done during school for many of our students with multiple after-school commitments. Any student wishing to improve their fitness levels would benefit from this course.

Prerequisites: Students must complete Wellness I & Wellness II with a passing grade or permission of instructor.


INTRO TO STRENGTH TRAINING 34
Course #025a, 025b
(Semester, Open to Grades 11-12 only)
2.50 Credits/Semester


This course will offer and provide opportunities for our junior and senior grade level students to incorporate a more focused and directed strength-training program.  Students who enroll in this course will be introduced to exercise physiology terminology, proper anaerobic exercise prescription, and appropriate exercise protocol.  Students will experience a higher level and more rigorous strength training experience in this course.  Students will create individual exercise programs and will log their workout minutes as an on-going document to learn from.  This course will also offer students the opportunity to practice goal setting and meeting achievable goals through program refinements and modifications.  Ultimately this course is designed for the student who is more interested in, and more serious about learning and improving their application and knowledge of strength training.  Students in this course will spend much of their in-class time in focused workouts designed to help them reach their strength goals.  There will also be an out-of-class workout requirement to be logged by the students.  

Prerequisites:  Students must complete Wellness I & Wellness II with a passing grade or permission of instructor.

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LT ED PE 14
Course #NS019(Full Year)
2.50 Credits/Semester


Individualized physical education program centered around the needs of the alternative education population at Natick High School.

Cooperative Wellness 34
Course 020a, 020b
(Semester, Open to Grades 11-12 only)
2.50 Credits/Semester

​Cooperative Wellness is a modified physical education course that is developmentally appropriate to meet the needs of all learners.  Heart Rate Monitors will be used as an assessment tool.

  • Gross and fine motor skills (throwing, catching, manipulating equipment, etc.)
  • Skills in dance, individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports)
  • Fundamental motor skills and patterns (throwing, catching, walking, running, etc.)

Junior and Senior students enrolled in this course will be expected to provide specific support to instructors and the program in the following capacities:

  • Assists students during the performance of instructional activities which may involve assisted walking, getting on or off equipment, or in and out of assistive equipment
  • Coordinates materials, equipment, facilities and supplies for classes
  • Sets up, install, maintain and service equipment, materials and supplies used in classes
  • Trains students and others in the safe and proper use of specialized physical education equipment when necessary
  • Maintains physical environment and condition of the facility and equipment
  • Answers students’ questions regarding class assignments
  • Participates in activities, specialized workshops and special events
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned




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