These past two weeks in PE have been steady. We’ve started working on some volleyball skills, had some circus skills practice time, and pulled out the speed stacks. We are beginning our prep for the divisional speed stacking tournament, which is held April 18th and 19th, as well as the divisional grade 5 volleyball tournament which is held in May.
For volleyball we’ve been concentrating on getting good service technique down, proper positioning on the court as well as working on the three catches/self-tosses/volleys (to the net, along the net, over the net). We’ve seen some great skills from all our students in all grade levels.
Our grade 5 basketball teams have both played their final games of the season and will be participating in the friendship basketball tournament tomorrow at Sansome School from (1:10pm-3:30pm). Best of luck to all of our players!
Last week in Phys. Ed. we continued with racquet sports. We wrapped up this unit by having students create, run and officiate their own net/wall games. Some students played a game that we had played during the past week, others created their own games. It was great to see the progress being made by all of our students. We were starting to see some great rallies and some strategy being put into place.
This week we are working on volleyball, and are hoping that many of the skills/strategies that we worked on will transfer over to a new sport. Our grade 5s will have a chance to be part of a divisional volleyball tournament later on this year. There already seems to be lots of interest in the sport!
More racquet sports this week. We’ve been working on some of the skills and strategies involved in various net/wall games including, how to strike the ball, where to place the ball, defensive positioning, and general understanding of officiating a game. Students played racquetball, spikeball, tennis, badminton, 2 square, and a variety of other activities to work on these racquet skills. We’ve also been taking some breaks here and there to play some olympic-themed activities.
Every morning we’ve also been taking a few minutes after morning announcements and O Canada to take part in an olympic torch relay. Every day two torch bearers walk the torch around the school in celebration of the 2018 Olympics.
Only a four day week this past week. The shortened week gave us a chance to wrap up our gymnastics unit. To close out the unit we spent some time playing Mission Impossible and we set up “The Eliminator”.
Mission Impossible is a game where students partner up. One is the agent and one is the double agent. The agent must make their way through the obstacle course without setting off alarms (making a mistake). If they do the double agent will call them on it and the two players switch jobs.
The Eliminator was a throwback to American Gladiators. It’s the final contest in the game show and pits one player against the other in a race through an obstacle course that relies heavily on upper body strength. The students had a blast racing each other, as well as their teachers.
This week we are back to working on striking and racquet sports. This is also the first week in which our grade 5 basketball teams play a game. Best of luck to both teams!