The CYO Athletics Physical Education and Cooking Curriculum meet the Catholic School, California State, and National standards for physical education for grades K–8. Students are exposed to a variety of traditional sports and are introduced to new activities with a curriculum ranging from football to yoga to dance. In addition, the physical education classes teach about healthy lifestyles and how the body’s muscles work. The program also includes a monthly cooking class focused on USDA nutritional guidelines with a chef that introduces children to the joy and social dimensions of food preparation, dining, and education for living a healthy and productive life. The curriculum is catered to the individual grades and focuses on teaching age and development appropriate skills.
The kindergarten through 2nd grade curriculum is focused on developing the children’s motor skills, spatial awareness, balance, and overall coordination. In addition to developing these skills, classes and activities are focused on introducing the concepts of teamwork, cooperation, and problem solving. All games and activities for these grades are focused on positivity and inclusion while having fun and continuing to develop the skills mentioned above.
Third through fifth grade curriculum is focused on continuing to develop both the fine and gross motor skills of the children while introducing team sports and working on the fundamental skills associated with these sports. Students will become acquainted with the rules and strategies for the specific sports while working together with their teammates and classmates to have a positive experience playing the respective sport. The games and drills played with third through fifth grade are non-competitive and concentrated on keeping students active and moving for the entire class.
Sixth through eighth grade curriculum is focused on developing some of the finer points for the different sports played during class and learning some of the more complex motor functions associated with each sports. Students are challenged to continue to develop their skills during class and set goals for themselves to reach. The games and drills are non-competitive and concentrate on keeping students active and teaching them games and activities they can do outside of PE class to stay active.