Physical education is an integral part of the overall education program for every student. It provides one of the few opportunities for every student to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to lead a physically active lifestyle. “A high-quality physical education program promotes an active lifestyle, improved health, motor skill development, and better cognitive performance.” (Etnier and Sibley 2003; Etnier et al. 1997)


The Woodside physical education program consists of developmentally appropriate lessons with activities that are in alignment with the California State Content Standards. The courses are designed to create maximum opportunities for development of skills, knowledge, health-related fitness and ultimately, the confidence to enjoy an active healthy lifestyle. This course will help you develop habits for lifetime of fitness and health. We will focus on cooperation, respect, communication, trust, and fun.

At Woodside, we provide a diverse physical education program that includes cooperative activities, non-traditional games, and movement & rhythms suited to the capacities and limitations of all students. We emphasize the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of all students.


  • Develop social skills and positive behaviors as they relate to physical education.
  • Value physical education and its lifetime importance.
  • Increase skill proficiency in various activities and games.
  • Improve self-esteem by participation in challenging activities.
  • Build cognitive learning and problem solving through fitness journals, written work, and projects.
  • Develop self-evaluation skills through assessment.


Grades K – 8 

Standard 1: Demonstrate motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Standard 2Demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles, and strategies as they apply to learning and performance of physical activities.

Standard 3: Assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance.

Standard 4Demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles, and strategies to improve health and performance.

Standard 5Demonstrate and utilize knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies as applied to learning and performance of physical activity         


In addition to the California State FitnessGram® Testing, students at Woodside will learn to perform and practice a variety of fitness testing activities throughout the year. Students will learn to assess and plan personal fitness programs for self-improvement. They will also be encouraged to practice at home a few times a week and record improvements. Fitness principals such at (FITT) Frequency of exercise, Intensity of exercise, Time of exercise, and Type of exercise will be utilized in logs and goal setting.


Per the Woodside Elementary School District Exclusion Policy (please reference the school handbook for further information):

If you are unable to participate in PE due to illness or injury please follow these guideline:

Exclusion for 1-2 days requires a written note or e-mail from a parent stating the reason why the child should be excused from physical activity.  Please indicate if there are limitations such as, they can walk or run, but cannot do upper body exercises due to an injured wrist.  Notes can be dropped off at the school office or hand delivered by the student.

Exclusion for 3-10 days requires a note from the doctor explaining the reason why the student is excused from PE. 

Students are expected to contribute in a positive manner by modifying their participation in PE by (ex. walking instead of running) or encouraging classmates. When appropriate, students will be given written assignments to work towards progress of the standards when unable to participate physically.


PE Dress Code: All students must wear attire that allows them to fully participate in all PE activities. Shoes need to be safe and supportive and fit the needs of the student. Students wearing flip-flops, sandals, heels, crocs, Ugg boots, or cowboy boots may not be allowed to participate in physical activities due to safety concerns.

How to choose the best running, athletic or sports shoes:

Student Responsibilities

I will come to school prepared and ready to learn.

I will be on time to school and to my classes.

I will be attentive to instruction and always try to do my best.

I will practice self-control in my language and actions.

I will be respectful of school property and the property of others.

I will complete and turn in my homework on time.

I will always be respectful of my teacher(s), staff, and parents.

I will display courtesy and good sportsmanship in games and while using equipment.

I will include all fellow students to join in organized games and activities.

I will refrain from gum chewing and food during class.

I will report all injuries to the teacher during the class period so the proper action can be taken.

I will ask for permission from the teacher before leaving the classroom.

I will use physical education equipment in a respectful way.

I will use the equipment with the teacher’s permission.

I will play fair and display good sportsmanship.   

Physical Activities, Class work Assignments, and Homework

Class work, which involves reading and writing, may be assigned to support physical activities done in class. Any in class work not completed is considered homework. Students will be required to complete assignments as an assessment to measure their understanding of the Physical Education Standards.

Physical activities will be performed regularly during class. Students should always come prepared to perform a variety of physical activities both physically and mentally. Students are expected to put forth their best effort everyday.