Last week was our first week of two looking at net/wall games. We have been playing two square, four square, table ball, ping pong and a few other games. Students have been learning the strategies and concepts of these games. We have been focusing on positioning on the court, different ways to strike the ball, ball placement as well as playing singles vs doubles. The students have really enjoyed the change of pace. Next week we will continue to look at net/wall games before we move onto something new. We also hope to get outdoors and do some cross-country skiing as long as the weather cooperates and the polar vortex stays away.
Last week our basketball teams both played their first games. They will play three more games between now and the first week on March. Best of luck to all players in their remaining games.
Just a short post for last week. More gymnastics for the week. It was only a four day week so we tried to pack in as much as we could. Students finished off the week working in self created stations to practice the skills they most wanted to work on. (rolls, walkovers, springs/landings, cartwheels, etc…). Students did a great job with the gymnastics unit this year and we hope that they will carry their knowledge to future school years, future gymnastics programs as well as transfer their knowledge to our circus PE unit that we run throughout the school year. Stay warm everyone! Next week the focus shifts to Net/Wall games.
Last week was all about gymnastics in PE classes. All grade levels had a chance to work on some gymnastics basics (rolls, supports, jumps, landings) as well as a variety of other activities.
For a few days last week we created “The Eliminator” which was based on the TV show American Gladiators. Kids raced through the gymnastics-themed course to be the first to ring the bell at the end. This was definitely a hit with everyone.
We also had another obstacle course we created which wasn’t a race, but rather worked on upper body strength and body control. Kind of an “American Ninja Warrior” type course.
Lastly we set up a ton of mats, obstacles, etc and played competitive chase tag in the gym. It’s a 1 vs. 1 tag game in which the tagger has 30 seconds to get the other player. Students can use the obstacles to their advantage to avoid the tagger for as long as they can. This was definitely another huge hit and we will definitely play some more next week.
Last week was Circus week in PE class. All students kindergarten to grade 5 had the opportunity to work on some specific circus skills. We had our aerial silk out, our static trapeze as well as a cart full of all sorts of balance and manipulation equipment. Students worked on juggling, flower sticks, rola bolas, diabolos, unicycle riding and much more. Everyone made good progress throughout the week. It’s our hope that the students will continue to practice their skills throughout the year when we pull out the circus equipment. Our grade 4s and 5s always have the opportunity to work during circus club, which is held over the lunch hour on day 6.
This coming week we will have the divisional gymnastics equipment. We will be doing a variety of gymnastics, along with some circus to compliment it. We will have the gymnastics gear for two weeks. We will also likely set up “The Eliminator” and have the students do some races through a parkour-style course. Always a highlight of the week!
A full week of fitness activities this past week in PE classes. It was a great way to get back into the swing of things for all of us. Students did some timed runs, pacer tests, fitness stations and workout circuits. Everyone got their heart rates up and got a good sweat going, just what we all needed to start off 2019!
Grade 4 and 5 students got to use our heart rate monitors to track their heart rates in real time throughout our classes this week. It was an excellent motivator for them. Most students put it a really strong effort. This coming week we are going to shift our instruction to the circus arts. We will be getting everyone involved in the circus arts in some aspect throughout the week.
Grade 5 basketball forms will be coming home tomorrow. Practices will be starting next week. The season kicks off the first week of February. Hope to see you out! The team is open to all grade 5 students, regardless of previous basketball instruction/ability. Visit the ‘basketball’ tab on our ‘teams & clubs’ page for more info.
Sorry for the delay! December has been a busy month here. Lots on the go over the past few weeks before we break for the holidays. Our team handball teams finished up their seasons with our annual friendship tournament the first week of December. Everyone did a fantastic job and showed great improvement over the course of the season.
In class we worked on throwing and catching as well as some dribbling/bouncing. We played all kinds of games and activities to work on these skills. Some of the older grades had a chance to play a little bit of team handball and some basketball lead up activities before the break.
We’ve been working hard on our fitness as well in PE class. We’ve been trying to working in a HIIT circuit once a week when possible. Students have also started wearing heart rate monitors to track their effort level during these circuits.
We will be wrapping up the month with our Teachers vs Students team handball game on Friday afternoon. Wishing everyone a safe, happy and active break! See you in January.
Not too much new to report this past week. We are continuing to work on throwing and catching. We’ve been playing a ton of games involving one or both of those skills. We will continue to do so for another week or so.
Some of our older grades have also been trying their hand at some team handball lead up activities to work on throwing/catching as well as some territory/invasion game strategy at the same time. No team handball games last week. Both teams will play their final games this coming week.
We have moved on to throwing and catching. Lots and lots of games in the repertoire to work on these skills. Students have been and will be playing some pinguard-style games, dodgeball-style games, target games (such as Angry Birds) and maybe even trying out some Team Handball (Grade 4s and 5s). We will be working on throwing and catching for the next few weeks as they are skills that are very important in many sports and leisure activities.
Our team handball season continues to roll along. Teams played their second game at Sansome school last week. They will be having a bye week this week and then will resume play next week. Our friendship tournament will be on Friday Dec. 7th. Best of luck to all involved.
More of the same this past week in PE. Curling, knockout ball, beanbag tag, bowling, pinguard and many other rolling/sliding activities. Students have spent two weeks working on rolling and we will be transitioning to other movement skills starting next week. Rolling is one of the many manipulation skills we will be working on this year.
Both of our teams had their first Team Handball games last week. Great work by everyone involved. Both teams will play again this week and then have one more game the first week of December.
Our intramurals and circus club are going strong during lunch hours. We meet on day 3 for grade 3, day 4 for grade 4 and day 5 for grade 5. Circus club runs on day 6. These programs are open to anyone in that specific grade level.