Physical Education Program

At Northlea we offer a wide range of physical education activities as part of the curriculum and through our co-curricular activities.

The risk of injury exists in every athletic activity. However, due to the very nature of some activities, the risk of injury may increase. Injuries may range from minor sprains and strains to more serious injuries. These injuries result from the nature of the activity and can occur without fault on either the part of the student, or the School Board or its employees or agents or the facility where the activity is taking place. The safety and well-being of students is a prime concern, and attempts are made to manage the foreseeable risks inherent in physical activity as effectively as possible.


Students are able to do their best when they wear appropriate clothing.

Junior and Senior Kindergarten:  Students should wear appropriate running shoes and clothing that allows them to participate in a full range of physical activities on days with scheduled gym classes. Girls are encouraged to wear pants, leggings or shorts on ‘gym days’. In the second term, children must wear shorts, a T-Shirt and bare feet during the unit on gymnastics. Your child’s kindergarten teacher will provide you with a schedule and a reminder when the children begin gymnastics.

In Grades 1 to 8: It is important for students to be prepared for Physical Education classes. It is mandatory that students wear a T-Shirt, shorts, and running shoes for gym classes year-round.  Northlea T-Shirts will be available for purchase in September and will include the Northlea Knights Logo above.

During the colder months, students in Grades 1 & 2 are asked to wear their T-Shirt and shorts under their regular clothes. For safety reasons, Grade 1 & 2 students do not use the change rooms.

Grade 3 – 8 students may use the change rooms as long as they change quickly and behave appropriately.

School Teams

There are many opportunities for students to work towards a personal best and experience the fun of competition in a wide range of sports through Northlea’s school teams.

Students from Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 are selected for school teams based on the following criteria:

  • Skill level
  • Sportsmanship
  • Attitude
  • Participation
  • Effort
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Interaction with others

In addition to participating in Cross-Country, Swimming and Track & Field, students may only participate on one team per sports season. This ensures more access for students to participate on school teams.

Practice times vary by sport and may be held before school, over the lunch hour or, occasionally after school for older students.

Students should ensure that they have proper footwear for each sport: court shoes for basketball, running shoes for cross-country running, etc.

Students who are chosen for a team are expected to continue to fulfill the above mentioned expectations through practices during the course of the season.  As a result of large numbers of students at Northlea, not every student will be able to make teams they try out for.

The teachers who are responsible for each School team will issue a separate code of conduct form for each participating student and their parents to complete which clearly states School, student and parent expectations and responsibilities. These must be completed and returned to the team’s teacher as requested.

Daily Physical Activity (D.P.A.)

The participation of students in Daily Physical Activity (D.P.A.) is a critical component of the government’s overall Healthy Schools initiative. The policy requires school boards to ensure all elementary students, including students with special needs, have physical activity each and every school day. As a result of daily physical activity, elementary students should experience enhanced learning opportunities while improving or maintaining their physical fitness, and their overall health and wellness.

Since physical activity is only one component of a complete health and physical education class program, there will be days when a Health and Physical Education class does not include physical activity. On these days, and on days when no health and physical education class is scheduled, other opportunities will be provided for students to have at least twenty minutes of physical activity during the school day.

At Northlea, all school staff have been involved in the planning and implementation of the Daily Physical Activity program; however, DPA will be delivered by the homeroom teacher.  All activities will be adapted as appropriate to ensure that students with special needs can participate in them. Such adaptations will be consistent with the accommodations and/or modifications that are found in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Being on time for school has always been crucial as at any other school in the Toronto District School Board. However, more than ever before, students will be expected to be at school on time each day so that they do not miss and/or disrupt the daily physical activity program (especially if it is occurring during period #1). In addition, all students will be expected to wear appropriate running shoes for safety and proper participation.

Positive experiences with physical activity at a young age help lay the foundation for healthy, productive lives. Regular physical activity can promote the growth of strong bones and muscles, help to develop good posture and balance, strengthen the heart and lungs, and generally help to improve and maintain fitness.