Highlights for 2016-17

Another great year of Browning Physical Education is wrapping up.  It’s time to look back on some of the highlights of 2016-17:

We participated in the Circus Art Instruction in Physical Education study and had a lot of fun doing it! Students were climbing, rolling, cartwheeling, juggling, hanging, balancing and much, much more.  We all had a total blast!  Thanks to Dr. Dean Kriellaars and everyone else involved in the study.

We had a full slate of intramural programming.  Indoor Soccer, Hockey and Dodgeball were all very successful this year.  Of course the teachers maintained their undefeated record in all sports!  Thanks to all the grade 3-5 students that came out to play.

We had several school sport teams this year.  Cross-Country, Team Handball, Basketball, Badminton, Speed Stacking, and Volleyball.  We saw a great turn out for all teams.  Looking forward to bigger and better things in 2017-18 with an even larger number of grade 5 students.

The 3rd annual High 5 Community 5km Run was wet and rainy again this year, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the 150+ participants that run in the event.  Thanks to all the volunteers that braved the weather to help make this another memorable event.

In general it was an action packed year for everyone.  We tried out a ton of activities this year, including some new ones, rollerblading, ringette, escape boxes, as well as our usual favourites.

Hope that everyone has a safe, healthy and active summer.  All the best to you and your family.  See you in Sept. 2017!

A few more weeks down, a few more weeks to go

Over the past few weeks in Phys. Ed. we’ve been doing a wide variety of things.  We have been working a bit on our striking.  Students have played some variations of cricket and baseball both indoors and outdoors.  We’ve also been wrapping up our term 3 evaluations for report cards.  This term we are looking at striking, dribbling, static and dynamic balance as our main skills of focus.  Lastly, we’ve had the divisional rollerblade set for two weeks.  Students have been using the drop off/pick up loop as their rollerblading track.  It’s been a really great experience for those students that may not have had the opportunity to rollerblade at home.

Marathon Club has also started winding down.  We will still have practice next week, however, with the big race being on June 18th, it will be our last two practices.  Between parents, siblings and current students we have approximately 30 participants in the 2.6mile Super Run as well as a couple participants doing the 10km event this year.  Best of luck to all of our runners.

The totals are in from our High 5 Community 5km Run.  This year was our biggest year yet with 154 participants!  We also raised over $200.00 for Kidsport Manitoba!  Way to go everyone!  Hope to see all our runners out again next May for the 4th year of our event.

A wild few weeks in Phys. Ed. (May 15th – Jun 2nd)

Sorry for no blog posts over the past few weeks.  We’ve been flying over here.  It’s been a busy few weeks for us.  Some of the things that we have been doing over the past few weeks include:

Escape Boxes, Cricket, Baseball, Grade 4/5 Track and Field Day, and our Community High 5 Run.

We will be starting up June with some rollerblading and playing some of our favourite games.  We have one last big event for June, and that is our Tabloid Day.  This year Tabloid day will be held on June 22nd in the afternoon.

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (May 8th-12th)

A fun week in Phys. Ed. this past week.  We continued on with racquet sports, and also got a chance to try out the Escape Boxes from our divisional set.  M. Vermeylen created a pirates themed “active escape room” for the students to solve.  Some of the riddles had students using agility ladders, others had them using the play structure.  We also needed to do some counting and math and a little bit of colour mixing as well.  The boxes were such a hit that M. Koester has been working on another theme for them.  Once everyone has a chance with the first set of clues we will re organized the boxes and try out the second theme next week.

Firendly Reminder:  High 5 Run registration ends on May 23rd.  Don’t forget to sign up! highfiverun.wordpress.com



Last Week In Phys. Ed. (May 1st-5th)

A full week of racquet sports last week in class.  Students had the chance to play tennis, badminton, table ball, ping pong, racquetball/squash and a few other racquet type activities.  We will continue on with racquet sports next week to give everyone a good chance to get in lots of repetitions in all the activities.

A few important dates for the future:

May 23rd is the deadline to register for the High 5 Community 5km Run

May 23rd is also our grade 4/5 divisional track and field day

May 30th is the deadline to register to run in one of the Manitoba Marathon events


High 5 Community 5km

Looking for a chance to do something active as a family?  Wanting to get in one more run before your next big race?  Don’t feel like getting up early on Father’s Day and driving to the U of M? There’s a family friendly 5km race right here in your neighbourhood.  May 29th, 2017 @ 4:30 École Robert Browning will be hosting the 3rd annual High 5 Community 5km Run.  The race is open to runners of any age.  There is a 2.5km loop and a 5km loop, both starting and ending at ÉRB.  If you are interesting in running or volunteering please visit our race website (highfiverun.wordpress.com) for more information.  Registration deadline is May 23rd.  The cost in only $5.00 per person.  All participants get a finisher ribbon and some light refreshments after the race.

Hope to see you there May 29th!  A family that runs together has fun together!

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (April 24th-28th)

Our second full week of gymnastics in PE classes.  Tons of fun had by everyone, even our non-gymnasts.  Students worked their way through ever-changing obstacle courses throughout the week.  They also spent some time working on some of their gymnastic skills in isolation.  We will make circus performers out of them yet!

Next week we will be starting up racquet sports.  Students will be working on badminton, tennis, racquetball and a few other racquet-themed activities.

Just a friendly reminder that registration for the High 5 Run closes on May 23rd!  Time to make the commitment!  Hope to see you out on May 29th!

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (April 17th-21st)

Our first full week of gymnastics last week.  We have the divisional gymnastics equipment to supplement our own set for two weeks.  Students will be working on landings, rolls, supports, and a variety of other gymnastics/circus arts during our two weeks.

Some of the activities we’ve been working on are Mission Impossible (where students are secret agents trying to not set off alarms), Eliminator races (a throw back to American Gladiators) and some station work to work on specific skills.

We have the gymnastics set for one more week.  Once we wrap that up we will be moving on to some racquet sports.  On a side note, don’t forget to register for the High 5 Run.  The race is just a little over a month away.  Check out highfiverun.wordpress.com for more info.


Last Week In Phys. Ed. (April 10th-14th)

A week full of fitness last week.  Students did a variety of fitness stations, timed runs, beep tests, and other fitness-themed activities.  One of the more popular activities was definitely GaGa Ball.  This very simple game seems to be taking over online and is definitely worth a try.  Our students love it!

GaGa ball is quite simple. Set up a “pit”.  We used tables turned on their side.  It’s best to make them into a hexagon shape.  Use a ball that’s big enough to hit and light enough that it won’t hurt too much when hitting it or being hit by it.  Play with as many players as you like.  Fill up the pit and then drop the ball to get started.  If the ball touches you below the waist you are out.  Only underhand striking of the ball is allowed.  That’s about it!  Check out our instagram for a few short videos of our students playing

Last week was also Exercise Week as part of Wellness Month.  We started each day with an “Active Start”.  Students did a short 5-10 minute walk of the halls prior to starting the day.  Next week our theme is Mindfulness.  Students will be “taking 10” as part of a meditation program through the Headspace App.


Last Week In Phys. Ed. (April 3rd-7th)

Lots on the go this past week.  As we made our return from Spring Break students started up Wellness Month.  The theme for the first week of April was hydration.  Students logged how much water they were drinking daily.  Next week we will focus on exercise.  Our goal is for everyone to get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every day.

We wrapped up our golfing unit this past week and will be starting up a fitness week in the coming week.  This was our first time trying out the divisional SNAG Golf set that was newly purchased this year.  This kids had a great time…especially with the velcro suit!

Next week we will be starting up our Marathon Club.  Forms went home early this past week.  Monday is our first practice.  See you at 8:15!