Welcome to Mr. Murphy's Physical Education Class!Hello Plainville community!! My name is Dave Murphy and I am the physical education teacher at Beatrice H. Wood Elementary School. I am in my 8th year of teaching and attended Bridgewater State University where I received my Bachelor's Degree in 2016. I also attended and graduated from Fitchburg State University where I received my Master's Degree. I've worked with children ages 5 through13 at a before-school/after-school/summer camp program for twelve years, eventually becoming the Assistant Site Coordinator of the program. I am very excited and passionate about teaching students how to live active and healthy lifestyles, and to teach them the skills needed to enhance their abilities in educational games, educational dance and educational gymnastics. Providing a positive and productive environment where students feel physically, mentally, socially and emotionally safe is important to me and necessary for all students to perform to the best of their abilities.Below is the physical education schedule for the 2023-2024 school year. Please make sure your child is prepared on days they have physical education class. Sneakers, water bottles, jackets for when class is outside and sunscreen on sunny days will allow students to perform to the best of their abilities!WOOD SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION SCHEDULE3rd Grade
- 3D- Tuesday and Thursday
- 3F- Wednesday and Friday
- 3S- Monday and Wednesday
- 4H- Thursday and Friday
- 4N- Monday and Friday
- 4S- Wednesday and Thursday
- 4V- Tuesday and Wednesday
- 5F- Wednesday and Thursday
- 5H- Monday and Friday
- 5L- Thursday and Friday
- 5W- Monday and Wednesday
Physical Education Units
- 6E- Tuesday and Friday
- 6M- Tuesday and Friday
- 6MM- Monday and Thursday
- 6R- Wednesday and Thursday
- Our first unit this year will be TEAM BUILDING. Students will work together in groups while participating in cooperative games where they will need to communicate, cooperate and collaborate with one another in order to be successful during activities, games and challenges.
- Our second unit this year will be SOCCER! Soccer will begin on Monday, September 25th, and will be held outside on the back field at the Wood School, weather permitting. Soccer will be held inside the Wood School gym if the weather does not allow us to go outside. Students should be prepared for soccer by wearing sneakers, bringing water bottles and wearing jackets on days that may be chilly. Students will participate in small-sided games ( 3 vs. 3, 3 vs. 2, 2 vs. 2), where they will have multiple opportunities to learn and improve soccer skills.
- The first of three PACER TESTS will begin starting on Monday, October 3rd and will continue through the week. The PACER is a fitness test that measures a student's cardiovascular endurance. Students will follow the cadence and begin running on the signal. They will continue to run as long as they are able and will be finished when they have stopped running. Third graders will run a distance of 15 meters. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders will run a distance of 20 meters. The PACER is NOT for a grade. Students should be prepared by bringing water bottles and wearing sneakers.
- Our third physical education unit this year will be GYMNASTICS! Gymnastics will begin on Monday, October 31st. Students will work individually and collaboratively with classmates to develop a gymnatics routine lasting one minute. Students will perform their gymnastics routine for their class at the end of the unit. Gymnastics routines will include rotations, balances, weight transfers, traveling movements, jumps, acceleration and deceleration, among other movements. Students will have access to gymnatics mats, trapezoid mats, vaults and balance beams.
- Our fourth physical education unit this year will be FLOOR HOCKEY! Floor hockey will begin after the December break on January 3rd. Please remind children to wear sneakers and to bring water bottles to the gym. Students will work individually and collaboratively on floor hockey skills such as maintaining possession, passing, offense, defense and goaltending. Students will demonstrate their floor hockey skills during practice tasks and apply their skills during small-sided (2 vs.2, 3 vs.2, 3 vs.3 and 4 vs.3) games.
- The second of three PACER TESTS will begin starting on Wednesday, January 25th and will continue through the week. The PACER is a fitness test that measures a student's cardiovascular endurance. Students will follow the cadence and begin running on the signal. They will continue to run as long as they are able and will be finished when they have stopped running. Third graders will run a distance of 15 meters. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders will run a distance of 20 meters. The PACER is NOT for a grade. Students should be prepared by bringing water bottles and wearing sneakers.
- Our fifth unit this year will be FITNESS! Fitness will begin on Monday, February 13th. Students will participate in fitness games and activities where they will learn about the 5 components of health-related fitness. These components include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. Students will also learn about the benefits of health-related fitness and how to improve their overall health.
- Our sixth unit this year will be VOLLEYBALL, BADMINTON and PICKLEBALL! Volleyball, badminton and pickleball will begin on Monday, March 13th. Third and fourth graders will be participating in volleyball. Fifth graders will be participating in badminton. Sixth graders will be participating in pickleball. Students will learn how to serve, return serves, maintain possession and cover space during practice tasks and during games. Students will work with partners as well as in small groups during practice tasks. Small-sided games (3 vs.3, 4 vs.3, 4 vs.4) will allow students opportunities to apply skills learned during practice in game play.
Please take a look at the Favorite Links, Physical Education Units, Fitness Calendars and Handouts tabs on my page.Under Favorite Links, you will find some of my favorite ways that you can stay active and healthy.It's important to stay active for at least 60 minutes a day! Follow along with the Fitness Calendars for each month and perform the exercises for each day!Handouts will show you challenging exercises and workouts for you to stay physically active. Try them out and challenge yourself to improve each time. Be the best you can be!!Remember to eat healthy, stay hydrated, get 60 minutes of exercise a day and get plenty of rest. Also, WASH YOUR HANDS!Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Thank you!!E-mail: email@example.com
- Our seventh unit this year will be BASKETBALL! Basketball will begin on Monday, April 24th. Students will learn how to correctly shoot a basketball by applying "B.E.E.F." and to avoid shooting a basketball using their "chicken wings." Students will learn how to use the "triple-threat position" and be able to pass, shoot and dribble from the triple-threat position. Students will also learn how to perform give-and-go's, pick and rolls, screens, the triangle formation on offense and man-to-man defense. Students will practice and perform these skills in small groups and apply the skills they learned in small-sided games (2 vs. 2, 3 vs. 2, and 3 vs. 3).