Mr. Little's Physical Education




    Mission: In Physical Education at Coventry Elementary, I use a safe learning environment to effectively deliver and facilitate an academic-based fitness curriculum that promotes healthy living, collaboration, development of motor skills, and knowledge of various games and sports while also meeting required state and national physical education standards.




    Goal: It is my goal for students to grow as individuals in Physical Education while also having fun and being safe.




    *For P.E. and gym-class curriculum updates, please keep an eye on this page. I also have posted our beginning of the year slideshow that has rules, guidelines, and expectations.

  • I'm Thankful!

    Posted by Nathan Little on 11/29/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to spend some time staying active and finding rest during our break! This time of the year is always a great reminder to think of all the things we are thankful for. Before I share about things happening in the gym, I just want to spend a moment to share some of the things I am thankful for this year: I am thankful for the gym and being able to have access and use of it during construction. I am thankful for amazing students who have done an awesome job being flexible this year despite the changes and difficulties admist the construction. I am also very thankful for a great team to work with! Every staff member at Coventry does an incredible job providing opportunities for students to succeed and be the best version of themselves. If you haven't already, take some time to think of things you are thankful for! :)


    Students in Grades 1st and 2nd had some fun last week using hula hoops to work on manipulative, body awareness, and hand-eye coordination skills. What a blast watching students display their amazing abilities!




    Students in 3rd through 5th grade continued working on their Soccer unit with a lesson and game developing their passing skills. Students worked on short passes, long passes, and played a new game called "Spot Passing"! Ask your student about our new game! It is definitely a new gym favorite!


    Spot Pass

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  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

    Posted by Nathan Little on 11/15/2019 12:00:00 PM

    The past two weeks have been very exciting in PE, filled with lots of action. Students in grades 3rd through 5th capped off the football unit with playing a modified game of flag football. It was great to see students incorporate teamwork, passing, and catching into a complete game! This past week, they started a soccer unit, which focuses on dribbling, passing, shooting, and gameplay. This week students started the dribbling portion of the unit. This gave students the opportunity to develop foot-eye coordination, agility, quickness, and perseverance. Students first worked on basic dribbling skills such as toe taps and pull backs, and then finished off class with a game called Soccer Hoopla. Soccer Hoopla gave students the opportunity to incorporate some competition and speed into the development of their dribbling skills. This next week students will work on passing. Check out the pictures below:


    Dribble Soccer


    Students in grades first and second have continued on their Manipulatives unit working with scarves, bean bags, and hula hoops. Students have attempted juggling, tossing, spinning, and balancing with the different equipment. They have continued to work on hand-eye coordination, manipulative skills, balancing, creative movements, teamwork, body control, and agility. Next week students will continue to work on manipulatives, but with a partner while using our hula hoops. Check out the pictures below:

    BB Team



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  • Pulling Flags and Tossing Scarves

    Posted by Nathan Little on 11/1/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Over the last two weeks, many of our upper elementary students have had the chance to learn and practice Football for the first time. In the first lesson of the unit, students in grades 3rd-5th learned to accurately throw a football, catch a football using their hands, and how to correctly carry a football when running. This past week, students got the chance to practice some defensive skills and work on flag pulling during a lead-up game. This also gave students the chance to practice their ball carrying and elusiveness in a game-like situation. These various skills will prepare students to take on the challenge next week of playing a Flag Football(modified) game. It has been so fun to see students grasp a new sport so quickly! Over the course of this unit, students have really been working on hand-eye coordination, team work, and cardio endurance.


    In our lower elementary classes over the past two weeks, students have continued to build their foundational skills for Physical Education, while also beginning to develop their manipulative skills. Students have been learning about different tempos/speeds, levels, pathways, movements, body shapes, and space. These fundamental skills will prepare students for the rest of the units throughout this school year. Students practiced these skills by demonstrating them and incorporating them into different challenges and games. For example, last week we played a game called Traffic Light Tag. The students developed their cardio endurance while practicing a stopped, slow, medium, and fast speed of movement. This week students reviewed some of their foundational skills before working with and manipulating scarves. Next week students will continue to work on their manipulatives when we use the scarves again and introduce the fluffballs. 



    Throwing a FB

    Scarf 1


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  • Understanding the Basics

    Posted by Nathan Little on 10/18/2019 12:00:00 PM

    As FitnessGram is finishing up and as the school year continues to settle in, students at Coventry Elementary are setting the foundation for their future in physical education. Students in grades 1st and 2nd have been building their foundation the last two weeks. They have been working on understanding creative movements, general space, personal space, levels, and pathways. These different skills and abilities are the starting block for a variety of activities, games, sports, and exercises that students will use the rest of their lives. While developing these foundational skills, students have had the chance to play some fun simple games like Breakers and Builders and the Active Name Game. Next week studnets will continue working on their Building a Foundation unit.

    Students in grades 3rd through 5th spent last week completing the pushup and curl up tests for FitnessGram and played a game called Topple Ball this week while a few students caught up on FitnessGram testing that they missed. Topple Ball is a team game that combines baseball skills, teamwork, and some running. Students had a blast learning and understanding this new game! Next week students will begin their Football unit.

    Topple Ball


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  • Fall Fitness

    Posted by Nathan Little on 10/4/2019 12:00:00 PM

    The past two weeks our 1st through 5th grade students have been falling into fitness. Students in grades 3rd-5th completed the first part of their FitnessGram testing. This included a pushup test and curlup test. Students also played the game Silent Ball during testing. This is an awesome game that focuses on hand-eye coordination. Next week, students will participate in the second half of FitnessGram testing, the Pacer Test and sit and reach test. These tests focus on endurance and flexibility. Students did an amazing job this first week, and I am looking forward to more great things taking place during the rest of our testing. Students in grades 1st and 2nd had the opportunity to practice the FitnessGram tests during their gym class period. Students took all 4 of the FitnessGram tests without any data being recorded. This will prepare them for the official FitnessGram test when they are 3rd graders. It also gave them a day of lots of exercise and practice of fitness skills. I look forward to seeing the many young Eagles participate in FitnessGram in the future! Have an awesome weekend!


    -Coach Little

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  • Teaming Up

    Posted by Nathan Little on 9/20/2019 12:00:00 PM

    What a fun last two weeks PE has been here at Coventry Elementary! Students in grades 1st through 5th have been playing a variety of team games and tag games to get this year started. It has been so fun to see the amount of effort, participation, and hard work put in to playing in gym class. The students have truly been sweating their way to fitness playing Cookie Monster Tag, Everybody's It, Capture the Flag, and Castle. These are all basic games that develop hand eye coordination, stamina, team work, cooperation, and safety awareness. Students in grades 1st and 2nd have had the chance to start developing a variety of locomotor skills as part of our class warm up. Students have been working on skipping, hopping, walking, jogging, and running. Older students have been developing their muscular endurance and strength by learning a few new exercises in their class warm up. They have learned pushups, squats, jumping jacks, calf raises, and lunges. I look forward to seeing how students improve their fitness level over the course of the year! Over the next two weeks students in grades 3rd-5th will be partaking in the first part of their fall FitnessGram testing. This is a state mandated test that focuses on muscle endurance, strength, flexibility, and stamina. The first part of the test is Pushups and Curlups. Students in grades 1st and 2nd will also be participating in the FitnessGram tests as practice for when it is their turn to take the actual test. Check out a few pics from the last few days. If you would like more information on FitnessGram testing, click on this link. http://www.cooperinstitute.org/fitnessgram

    Castle Build

    Castle Throw

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  • Recess Games

    Posted by Nathan Little on 9/6/2019 12:00:00 PM

    After two weeks of PE classes, students are moving and grooving into the swing of things in the gym. Students have officially started completing their warmup exercises/movements and stretches. This week we have had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather and practice a few different recess games outside. It has given many of our young eagles a better understanding of how to play tetherball, hopscotch, and 4-square. Next week students will be getting their spots in the gym and begin a short team/fun games unit. I'm excited to see our students grow in their fitness and flexability while having fun throughout the course of this year. Have a wonderful weekend!


    -Coach Little

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  • Happy First Week of School!

    Posted by Nathan Little on 8/23/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Happy first week of school Eagles! I first want to say that I hope everyone put in their best effort to sweat every day over the summer. I am excited for another great year at Coventry Elementary! Despite all of the construction, the gym is still the place where we will spend our year being active and learning about Physical Education. The first few weeks we will be reviewing P.E. guidelines and expectations and learning a few Recess games. To see or review the beginning of the year slideshow, click on the Resources tab. Let's have a great year! Go Eagles!

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  • Have a Great Summer!!

    Posted by Nathan Little on 5/31/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Happy last Friday of school! We are only a few days from the end, and all I can do is look back and be thankful for such a great school year! It has been an incredible first year at Coventry Elementary School. Students have grown, matured, been active, and worked so hard. The last few weeks have been a grand time as students in 1st-2nd grade have completed a frisbee throwing unit and played various team games, including some using scooters. In grades 3rd-5th, students have completed all FitnessGram testing, played a few different scooter sports, used the parachute, and played some other team sports these past few weeks.

    Besides finishing up the school year with a few different units and games, students had a great time at Field Day this past Wednesday! There were 6 different stations that students went through: Relay Races, Soccer/Kickball, Tug of War, Bounce House, Recess, and T-Shirt Signing/Chalk. It was a beautiful day with lots of activity. The day ended with popsicles and school wide Bingo. Thank you to all of the volunteers, staff, and parents for your support on Field Day! That day would not be possible without everyone's help. Thank you so much! I hope everyone has a great summer and stays active! I wish all of the 5th graders and their families many blessings into middle school. You will be missed. I can't wait to see what the 2019-2020 school year has in store! Stay tuned for updates in the fall! Go Eagles!! :)


    -Coach Little

    3rd Grade

    5th Grade


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  • Nearing the Finish Line

    Posted by Nathan Little on 5/10/2019 12:00:00 PM

    I first just want to say a big Thank You to everyone who was able to come to Open House last night! It was great to see so many Eagle students and families. The last few weeks in gym have been very busy! Students have been completing some of their last units in Phyiscal Education for the school year, testing aerobic capicity, flexability, and strength/muscle endurance in our Spring FitnessGram tests, and readying ourselves for positive health with the Body Walk and lots of fitness exercises. We are also two weeks away from FIELD DAY!!! I can't believe it is almost here. Let's keep our hopes up for good weather and no injuries. Check out some pictures below from the Body Walk and a few of the last units we have had in gym.


    Body Walk

    Body Walk 2



    Have a fantastic weekend!! Go Eagles! :)

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