physical and health education

The Western International School of Shanghai places a great emphasis on exercising both mind and body to nurture the whole child. We do this both through PE classes and ample opportunities for athletics through Afternoon Activities, After School Activities and WISS Tiger Athletic Teams. Our school is also proud to offer our distinguishing Stoke City FC Academy football program. Following the IB curriculum, we believe through our physical and health education courses we can help students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to build and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. WISS Physical Education offers a diverse spectrum of alternative recreational sports options and adventure activities such as rock-climbing, archery, racquet sports, invasion games, low-organizational games, and a range of typical team sports. Our Physical Education (PE) staff are athletically accomplished and expertly-trained individuals who bring varied sporting strengths to give our students a well-rounded athletic experience. In PE at WISS, the focus is on getting students active whether in team sporting or individual activities.

Early Years PHE

The PHE course in Early Years focuses on movement, balance, and fine and gross motor skill coordination. Facilities in Early Years are aligned with our youngest students’ developmental needs and complement their physical needs. Early Years has their own separate indoor swimming pool, indoor gym, and outside jungle gym. The Early Years PHE is arranged into the five strands of PYP: Health-Related Fitness, Adventure Challenges, Games, Individual Pursuits, and Movement Composition.

Primary PHE

Primary School students learn to cooperate and play as a team. We believe students should work together in a collaborative, non-competitive environment. Primary and Secondary Schools share an assortment of athletic facilities including; a 7-lane 25-meter swimming pool, rock-climbing wall, a state-of-the-art Astroturf field, 2 natural grass fields, a large indoor multi-purpose facility, indoor gym with basketball and volleyball courts, and outdoor gym and playground equipment. The Primary Years PHE is arranged into the five strands of PYP: Health-Related Fitness, Adventure Challenges, Games, Individual Pursuits, and Movement Composition.

Secondary PHE

In Grades 6-10, PHE is more about student choices. Students are able to develop in non-traditional team activities such as floor hockey, as well as traditional team activities such as American football, soccer, rugby, etc. The PHE program in Secondary focuses on endurance, strength, flexibility, as well as students discovering their athletic passion. In Grades 11 and 12, as part of WISS IBDP/IBCP students do not partake in traditional PHE unless they choose to follow the IBCP Sports pathway. Students involved in the IBCP Sports pathway will have ample opportunities for hands-on experience on the field and through athletic internships at WISS and in the Shanghai community.