Physical Education

"Quality physical education is an integral part of the academic routine at BCS"

Physical Education


Quality physical education is an integral part of the academic routine at Birmingham Covington School. The primary focus of our program is to equip students with the fundamental skills, attitudes, and behaviors essential to safe, effective movement and participation in lifelong physical activities. Swimming is a unique part of the BCS physical education curriculum. Third and fourth graders learn basic skills and water safety, while fifth through eighth graders review these skills and participate in swim conditioning, games, and aquatic activities. Our students are challenged in an active, caring, supportive and safe environment. Through our program, they will learn to create a quality lifestyle that encourages skill development, health-related fitness, cognitive concepts, positive social interaction, and emotional development.

3/4 Program

The school year is divided into four marking periods of approximately 9-10 weeks. Every 3rd and 4th grade student attends physical education class two times per week for 45 minutes. During each of these marking periods, every student is in the pool 4-5 weeks and in the gym (or outside) for 4-5 weeks.

Mr. Johansson teaches children in the pool. After evaluating all of the students’ entry skills, he will work with the children individually and in groups. The Front Crawl, Back Crawl and Breaststroke will be taught. Emphasis will be on proper technique; breathing, arms, kick, and coordination. A variety of games that support the skills being taught and an occasional “free swim” round out the pool time.

While in the gym, the classes are led through the award winning Birmingham Physical Education curriculum. This program provides for skill instruction and development, fitness activities and measurement, and game participation that supports the skills being presented at a level the students can enjoy.

5/6 Program

We are proud that Birmingham is one of the few districts in the state recognized as an Exemplary Physical Education Program by the Governor’s Council of Health and Physical Fitness.

5th/6th grade students will attend PE twice a week for the entire year. Swimming will be offered during one of the four marking periods.

The students will be given a letter grade in addition to specific comments regarding behavior and effort. The single most important criteria for a grade is participation. In order to fully participate, students must come to class prepared to be actively involved in the day’s activities.

The first marking period will include Presidential Physical Fitness testing and soccer/soccer-speedball. Winter games and activities will include basketball, volleyball, and floor hockey. We will then move on to racquet sports and individual fitness activities. The year will conclude with fitness testing, softball, and flag football.

7/8 Program

7th/8th Grade students will attend PE twice a week for one marking period. Students will be given a letter grade in addition to specific comments regarding behavior and effort. The single most important factor is participation. In order to fully participate, students must come to class prepared to take an active role in the day’s activities (either indoor or outdoor).

The curriculum will include presidential physical fitness testing, and will touch on the following activities: badminton/ping pong, soccer/soccer-speedball, basketball, football, volleyball, and individual fitness activities.