Athletics and Play

What connects a playground and a classroom?

Movement and motion are essential to learning. When students increase physical activity during the day, they can concentrate better in class, improve cognitive functioning, and boost memory. That’s why Lower School schedules provide bursts of activity throughout the day, both through recess and physical education.

All-school recess twice a day connects Lower School students to the wider school community. A teacher observed one day at recess, “I watched as a first grader joined a group of middle school students to play a basketball game on the court.  Meanwhile, over on the field, two second graders were playing Marco Polo—a game usually reserved for swimming—with a bunch of sixth graders.  At the same time, a second grader, a kindergartener, and a fifth grader read books with the art teacher.  And over on the volleyball court, a kindergarten student, a first grader, a second grader, and two seventh graders played a kickball game they had invented together.  All across the yard, people were being kind, encouraging each other, and having fun. “

Structured activity in Physical Education classes supports continued athletic development. Through games, activities and skill-building, students build the foundation for lifelong fitness.