A little bit of hockey, a little bit of circus and a whole bunch of fun! This past week I shared some of the basic things I learned while away a circus school with the grade 3-5 students. By the end of a few classes students were making pyramids and were able to do a few hand-to-hand positions. I’m really looking forward to see where this journey into Circus Phys. Ed. takes us.
We also had the opportunity to work on some hockey skills this week. Students started working on their stick handling skills as well as some shooting. We will continue to work on our hockey skills through various games and activities in the coming weeks.
This week also marks the end of the basketball season. Congratulations to both teams, you did a fantastic job! Next Friday (March 4th) will be the District #3 Friendship Basketball Tournament. Best of luck to all our participants. Students should stay tuned for more information on upcoming teams following spring break.
Last week in Phys. Ed. students at ÉRB had M. Walden as a substitute teacher all week. I was in Montreal learning at École Nationale De Cirque. Over the past few months I have been a part of their online Circus Instructors course. This past week was my 1 week of practical training at the school.
I spent 8 days learning fundamentals in the areas of Hand-to-Hand, Acrobatics, Manipulation, Aerials, and Balance activities. I’m really excited to be back home now with a chance to share some of what I’ve learned.
In the 2016-17 school year our school will be part of a study that will compare circus-infused PE programs vs. those programs that teach traditional PE. Stay tuned for more info in the future.
Way harder than it looks!
Angel pose on the trapeze.
Fun in foam!
A “half key”.
Getting set up for aerials.
One of the many gyms at ÉNC.
Last week in PE class we didn’t have a chance to get back out on the skis. It was a pretty brisk week. Hopefully the weather will cooperate over the next few weeks and we will get a chance to get back outdoors. We have the skis until the end of February so there’s still plenty of time.
Since we had classes indoors we spent the majority of our time working on our bouncing, dribbling and basketball-related skills. Students had the opportunity to play a variety of games that got them dribbling while doing other activities, such as playing tag, building hula huts and filling in connect 4 score cards. Next week we will be continuing with basketball-related skill development.
Next week I will be running away to the circus!….well not quite. I will be away at École Nationale De Cirque in Montreal next week. I will be part of a group that is taking the circus instructors course they offer. I hope to come back with a wide variety of new circus-based activities that we can incorporate into our PE program here at ÉRB. In fact, next year the students at ÉRB will be taking part in a study that will evaluate the benefits of “Circus Infused Physical Education” Cannot wait to share all the things I learn.
Skiing has begun at ÉRB! All students in grades 3-5 will have a few opportunities to be outdoors skiing over the coming month. This past week has been fantastic weather so we have been out on a daily basis. Students in grades 1-2 may get some exposure to the skis, however, due to the size of the equipment, they won’t have the chance to actually try out the trails.
For those days that it has been too cold, or for the grade levels that haven’t been skiing, we have been working on our dribbling and bouncing skills. We will continue to do so throughout the month, with the older students also working in some basketball time.
Taking a break on a hot day.
Beautiful day for a ski.
Climbing back up is much less fun.
Of course the best part is going down the hills!
Next week also marks the beginning of our basketball season. Both the boys’ and the girls’ team will play next week. Check out the calendar outside the gym for more information. Best of luck in your first game!