Physical Education


Physical Education Program

The Manville School’s physical education curriculum is based on a combination of the state of Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s National Standards for Physical Education.


  • Provide opportunities for physical, social, and emotional growth in a safe, supportive learning environment
  • Teach major concepts of movement, space, and locomotor skills through a variety of skill building activities and games
  • Introduce concepts of teamwork and fair play in a variety of individual and team sports
  • Teach students to understand and respect differences among people in a physically active setting
  • Instill the importance of daily physical activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Instill in students the knowledge, skills, and desire for a lifetime of physical activity
  • Help students interact, communicate, and appropriately handle the stresses and frustrations that come with learning new skills

Class Expectations

  • Students are expected to attend two classes of physical education weekly unless they are excused by a doctor’s note or are out of class for discipline purposes.
  • Students are not required to change but are encouraged to do so and keep good hygiene practices.
  • Students must wear appropriate footwear. Sneakers are preferred, but all that is required are close toed, non-marking soled footwear.
  • Classes are each 40 minutes with most students attending the entire class time. 
  • Each class begins with a warm-up and fitness component consisting of light cardiovascular work followed by general muscle stretches and core strengthening. 
  • Following the warm-up and fitness component, class proceeds with the day’s planned physical education activities which usually follow this format:
    • Skill introduction or review
    • Skill practice
    • Game or activity with a focus on the skills of the day
  • Class ends with a full body cool down with students applying deep pressure to large muscle groups to help calm themselves.  It also involves breathing techniques to help relax their bodies.  


  • Teamwork
  • Fair play
  • Communication
  • Offense/defense in team sports
  • Body awareness:
    • Names and locations of body parts
    • Body shape
    • Possible actions of body parts
    • Relationships of body parts when moving
  • Space awareness:
    • Self-space
    • General space
    • Direction
    • Pathway
    • Level
    • Range
  • Chasing and dodging
  • Cooperative learning
  • Fitness
  • Jumping and landing
  • Locomotor and non-locomotor skills

Beyond the Classroom

Life at Manville is a full experience for your child that includes offerings beyond the classroom. Children who come to Manville build skills that help them manage challenges and grow successfully.