Pre-K through Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
Athletics

Physical Education (Pre-K - Grade 4)

At Fay, it's fun to be active.

Our goals for physical education in Primary and Lower School are to educate each child in mind, body, and spirit and to teach lifelong appreciation for physical fitness, health, and sport.

In Pre-K and Kindergarten, students are exposed to movement activities that develop gross and fine motor skills. Our campus, as well as the Primary School’s bright and airy multi-purpose room, provide wonderful settings as our youngest students learn about their physical abilities and the world around them.

In grades one and two, activities and games are set up to expose students to physical movement, body exploration, cooperation, cardiovascular fitness, and sportsmanship and self-esteem activities.

In grades three and four, students continue the developmental sequence for movement, exploration, cooperation, cardiovascular fitness and sportsmanship. Introduction to some team and individual sports occur as an introduction to the Upper School athletics program. The focus in these grades is to prepare students so they can make wise, appropriate choices once they reach grade five. At grades three and four, each student is assessed and given an effort grade every two weeks. This assessment is based upon each child's daily level of effort and attentiveness.

The 5th and 6th grade athletic instructional program is a bridge from the physical education curriculum taught in Pre-K through grade four to the interscholastic athletic program introduced in grade seven. We introduce students to a variety of activities, provide sport specific instruction, foster appropriate levels of competition, and provide opportunities for individuals to learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play. The program creates a fun and challenging environment where players have the opportunity to learn and grow as athletes. Coaches use a scaffolding approach to enhance the players' development that emphasizes technique and skill development.

There are three primary components of the 5th/6th grade program:

  • Instructional: Sport specific instruction focused on skill development, technique, knowledge and understanding of rules, team concepts, and fair play
  • Intramural: Competition against peers to build teamwork and camaraderie within the sport setting
  • Interscholastic: Appropriate levels of competition against peer schools to provide a fun and positive competitive experience