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

Health and Wellness

Instructor: Kim Franco

The goal of the Health and Wellness program at Dwight-Englewood School is to educate students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make healthy lifestyle choices. In fourth grade the primary focus is on recognizing that needs change as growth and development occurs and students are able to explain the key concepts of each lesson.
Physical Education
Twice a week/45 minutes
  • Movement Preparation Sessions (Dynamic Movements, Accelerations, Agility ladders and weaving, Mini Core Training)
  • Skill Based Sports-Develop proficiency in stability, fundamental movement and manipulative/sports skills and begin to perform these skills in combinations
  • Physical activity-opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, and self-expression/Inclusive/Fun
  • Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed
  • Dance/Rhythmic Activities
  • Team Building Initiatives and Challenges
  • Predict and Intercept
  • Body Position-Ready Positon/Return to Base
  • Fitness, Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Understand basic rules, tactics and strategy in games and refinement of sport specific skills.
  • Responsible personal and social behavior/Sportsmanship/Fair Play
  • 4th-Theme: Cooperative Sports from Around the World- Compare/contrast games to conventional sports
  • Some sports are: team handball, speedball, cricket, Tag Rugby, field hockey, netball
  • Injury and Illness Prevention
  • Nutrition
  • Functions of the body
  • Responsible care of the body
  • Decision-making process
  • Refusal skills
  • Hormones and body changes
    Meaning of growing up physically and emotionally
    Managing strong emotions
    Practicing good hygiene
    Value of keeping clean
    Setting goals
    Personal strengths and challenges
    Role of Growth and Development/Cycle of Family Life in growth and development
    Awareness of external support systems
  • 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.