POP – Physical Outdoors Programme
Traditional Approach to PE
Many cohorts of school children are subject to a physical education regime that incorporates a narrow range of options for keeping fit. Whether one exercise system or another, or competitive games often involving balls, it is a singular activity at which they might never be good or enjoy. These activities are often not continued in the future as a personal exercise regime after graduating from school.
Institut Montana’s Approach to PE
At Institut Montana we believe, that modern PE is about motivating today’s children to be the healthy adults of tomorrow. It can do this, if exercise is both educational and fun. Therefore, the focus on discipline and competition should be shifted to a preference for participation and engagement.
How Physical Outdoor Programme works
The traditional three weekly PE lessons are being replaced with an entire afternoon dedicated to activities that encourage physical health. There is a vast variety of age and seasonally appropriate physical outdoors activities on the Zugerberg and its beautiful surroundings. Institut Montana’s students will get to experience most of them and probably even find those that they will carry with them into adulthood.
POP recognizes the mental health dimension of physical education and will contribute to the holistic development of young people, who will become even more curious, confident, responsible and engaged adults in the future.
As an added bonus, physical activity can be linked to other parts of the curriculum. A good hike in the mountains builds strong legs and a healthy heart, while incorporating a lesson in geology, history, zoology or even arts, literature or economics. The cross-disciplinary teaching opportunities are endless.