Course Description

Students will develop various locomotor and non-locomotor skills including hopping, galloping, running, skipping, leaping, and jumping, balance, weight transfer, curling, stretching, twisting, and bending. Students will also work to improve manipulative skills such as catching, rope jumping, underhand and overhand throwing, dribbling, passing, and receiving a ball with hands or feet. 

Students will learn to use space, pathways, shapes, levels, speed, direction, force, and strategy for effective movement in an activity setting. Students will learn how to exhibit personal responsibility in a group setting by working well with others, accepting feedback, and understanding how rules and etiquette contribute to a safe and enjoyable environment. Students will also learn basic concepts of physical wellbeing and how nutrition, mindset, and physical activity impact their personal wellbeing.

Course Details

Sixth & Seventh Grade Physical Education

Course Outline  

  • Units are cycled through multiple times throughout the school year allowing for skills to be refined, progressed, and combined with other skills to help the scholar develop their motor and manipulative skills to the best of their ability. 


Unit 1: How My Body Moves  


  • Demonstrate competency in locomotor skills as applied to small group games (i.e., 3-5 players), such as basketball, fag football, and speedball. 
  • Demonstrate correct rhythm and patterns for a dance form (e.g., folk, social, creative, line or world dance). 
  • Differentiate between skill-related and health-related fitness. 

Unit 2: Balance 


  • Demonstrate individual strategies in a small group setting in both defensive and offensive situations to create or deny open space. 
  • Reduce open space on defense, by making the body larger and reducing the passing angles. 
  • Explain the role of warm-up and cool-down before and after physical activity. 
  • Design and implement a program of remediation for any area of weak- ness based on results of health-related fitness assessment. 

Unit 3: Throwing and Catching 


  • Catch a variety of objects from different trajectories, using varying practice tasks. 
  • Execute consistently (i.e., 70% of the time) a well-developed underhand pattern for target games such as bowling, bocci, or horseshoes. 
  • Select food within each of the basic food groups and select appropriate servings and portions for age and physical activity level. 
  • Identify positive and negative results from stress and appropriate ways of dealing with each. 

Unit 4: Dribbling 


  • Combine movement with manipulative skills to reach a target and score a goal (e.g., soccer, hockey, basketball). 
  • Dribble with the dominant hand, using a change of speed and direction in a variety of practice tasks. 
  • Complete a variety of practice tasks; dribble with control, changing speed and direction. 
  • Pass and receive with the feet, using a well-developed pattern in a small group activity. 
  • Demonstrate a complete skill by dribbling and shooting on goal with power in a game setting. 

Unit 5: Volleying and Striking 


  • Demonstrate a well-developed form of the overhead volley through implementation in a game setting. 
  • Apply speed, direction, and force using a long-handled implement, sending it toward a specific target area while in motion. 
  • Describe how being physically active leads to a healthy body. 

Unit 6: Sprints and Change of Direction 


  • Create an open space by using locomotor movement and change of speed and direction during activity. 
  • Execute an offensive tactic, such as pivots, fakes, or change of direction away from the ball, to create open space. 
  • Understand that personal challenges can be positive, and reaction can build personal satisfaction through acceptance of feedback, extending efort, and not being afraid to ask for help. 

Unit 7: Jumping 


  • Create a jump rope routine with repeated patterns and combinations of movement. 
  • Record daily activity and identify benefits gained. Describe how being physically active leads to a healthy body. 
  • Identify why physical activity participation reduces stress and promotes positive social interaction. 
  • Describe how participation in a physical activity creates enjoyment. 

No texts are required for this course.

Mr. Thiago Lopes

Thiago Lopes finished his master’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Utah, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from BYU-Hawaii. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil but his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when he was four years old. Thiago has a deep passion for sports and played basketball and soccer competitively while growing up. He played NCAA division 2 soccer at Westminster College in Utah. He has a background as a sports performance coach and personal trainer. He enjoys teaching gospel principles through sport and exercise. Thiago was a full-time missionary sharing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in Boston, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Lisa, are raising their daughters in Salt Lake City, Utah.