Lower School
Spaces and Places: "The Specials"
Third Grade

Health and Wellness

Instructor: Kim Franco

The Health and Wellness class meets twice a week in the Lower School gym. Students are exposed to a wide variety of activities to help develop an overall understanding of fitness and basic skills.
They engage basic movement and motor skills to improve overall fitness, hand-eye and foot-eye coordination and body/spatial awareness. The FitnessGram program teaches students to evaluate and track personal fitness levels, and they participate in Jump Rope for Heart in the spring. Manipulative skills are utilized in many of the sports introduced and practiced. Students will compare sports and games created by the Native Americans to popular sports. They will also learn the sports created in the U.S.A. Lacrosse, basketball, speedball, Whiffle Ball, Frisbee games and volleyball are some of the team sports taught. Students will begin to apply strategies in games and learn to be supportive teammates.  When possible, and frequently in the spring, students have physical education on the school’s Leggett Field.   
Physical EducationHealthMindfulness
  • Movement Preparation Sessions (Dynamic Movements, Accelerations, Agility ladders and weaving, Mini Core Training)
  • Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed
  • Skill Based Multiple Sports-Develop proficiency in stability, fundamental movement and manipulative/sports skills and perform these skills in combinations
  • Physical activity-opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, and self-expression/Inclusive/Fun
  • Dance/Rhythmic Activities
  • Fitness/Healthy Lifestyle choices
    Jump Rope for Heart
  • Team Building Initiatives and Challenges
  • Active listening, cooperation and teamwork, respect for self and other, and good sportsmanship are consistently emphasized.
  • 3rd Grade Themes: Native American Games
  • Made in the USA (Flag Football, Basketball, Kickball/Whiffle Ball, Pickle ball, Frisbee Golf, Volleyball, 10 pin Bowling, Lacrosse)
  • Safety
  • Community
  • Nutrition/Digestion
  • Body-Bones
  • Family
  • Healthy Attitude
  • Germs
  • Practicing Mindfulness, Compassion, Gratitude, and Social-Emotional Skills
  • Activities and Non-competitive games for individuals and groups
  • Mindful Movements
  • Emotions and Thoughts
  • Compassion
  • Formal Mindful Practices and Medications
Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Dwight-Englewood is a greater New York City area private school with a rigorous college prep curriculum for boys and girls in preschool through grade 12.