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Last Week In Phys. Ed. (Oct. 1st-5th)

A full week of running, jumping, hopping, skipping and galloping in PE!  Our students have been busy working on their transport movement skills over the past week.  We will continue to work on these skills in the coming week as well.  We’ve been playing games such as Rodeo, Sharks & Pirates, Yoshi, Mario Kart and many others.  These 5 movement skills will be the main focus of our assessment and evaluation on term 1 report cards later in November.

We also finished off the cross country running season this week.  Our students took part in the divisional race held at Assiniboine Park on Oct. 4th.  Everyone put in a great effort, especially under such extreme conditions.  Well done everyone!

Congratulations to Jack R. for finishing 1st overall in the school division in the grade 5 boys category!


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

Last week in Phys. Ed. our focus was on fitness.  All classes played various games to get their hearts pumping.  With some of our older groups we discussed the meaning of “moderate to vigorous exercise” and how that it is important to get 60 minutes of exercise a day.

Students also had the chance to participate in some fitness circuits set up around the gym.  Equipment included: Battle Ropes, Bosu Balls, Medicine Balls, Agility Ladders, and much more.

This week we move from fitness on to transport skills.  Students will be working at perfecting their running, jumping, hopping, skipping and galloping.

Featured Article in WAVE Magazine

Check out this featured article in Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s WAVE magazine.  It features interviews with a few ÉRB alumni and showcases our Circus Arts program that we are running in Physical Education.  Definitely worth a read!

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Last Week In Phys. Ed. (Sept. 17-21)

Things are starting to roll now in Phys. Ed.  We’ve got all of our routines established and all classes have had a handful of PE classes now.  We’ve been working on some cooperative games as well as some team building activities over the course of the week.  Some of the younger groups have been playing some simple locomotor games to get them up and moving safely in the gym.  In the coming weeks we are going to look more into the transport skills as well as some fitness activities.

Next week we will also be starting up Circus Club.  It’s open to grade 4 and 5 students and runs over the lunch hour on Day 6. Hope to see you there!

Last week we had our first Cross Country race.  Students did a great job!  We even had a couple of first place finishers (congrats Knox and Jack)!  This week we will have our second race on Wednesday (weather permitting) at ÉRB starting at 4:05pm. Good luck to all our participants.

Once we roll over into October we will also be starting up intramurals.  Intramurals run on days 3,4 and 5 and are open to students in grades 3,4 and 5.  Students will be notified of which intramural sport will be played, will need to sign up with M. Vermeylen or M. Koester and will be placed on a team.  We will do a round robin style tournament with the top placing team at each grade having a chance to face off against the teachers.  Stay tuned for more info.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone!  Hope that you all had a great summer.  I’m sure everyone is excited to be back…I know M. Koester and I are!  We’ve got lots in the works for the upcoming school year and cannot wait to get going.  Looking forward to catching up with all parents and students over the coming weeks.

To start off in September we will be working on some team building and cooperation games, as well as getting organized with our classroom routines and procedures.  A few housekeeping reminders for everyone.  Please make sure that you bring appropriate footwear to the gym for PE classes.  Skateboarding shoes aren’t great for running in!  Students is grades 4 and 5 need a change of clothes for class.  Something comfortable to wear and be active in is perfect!  A gym bag is also a must! (a plastic bag works too!)

September will also be the start of our grade 4/5 Cross Country season.  Students should be bringing home information regarding practices and meets in the first few days of school.

See you all Friday!

M. Vermeylen

One more to wrap up the year!

Another fantastic year in Physical Education this year!  Lots of great activities, team sports, games and circus arts.  Thanks to everyone at École Robert Browning for making this year a ton of fun.

As we look forward to next year we are already excited about some of the new equipment, activities and games we will be playing.  We hope to look into getting some more circus equipment for the 2018-19 school year (maybe an aerial hoop).

We will again host the 5th annual High 5 Community 5km in May of 2019.  It’s never too early to start training!

Wishing all our Super Run and 10km runners good luck in the Manitoba Marathon this weekend.  Run hard!

Have a great, safe, healthy and active summer!  See you all in September of 2018!

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (May 22nd-25th)

Another full week in PE.  Seems like they are all full weeks these days.  Also a busy start to the week this week.  Last week we spent time working on our striking skills.  Students played some cricket and baseball, as well as some activities to improve their striking, throwing and catching skills.  We also spent a bit of working on track and field preparations.  We spent a bit of time working on relay exchanges and discussing the upcoming track and field day with is slated for May 31st.

This week started with a bang.  The 4th annual High 5 Community 5km Run was a huge success.  We had about 130 runners come out to run after school.  The weather definitely cooperated and made for a very memorable event.  Thanks to everyone that came out this year.  Hope to see you again next spring!

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (May 14th-18th)

Kind of a mixed bag week in PE this past week.  Balancing Act, the school musical took over the gym so we were outdoors for classes.  Students worked a bit on striking skills playing continuous cricket in the fields.  Younger groups wrapped up their soccer/kicking unit playing rotating 4 corner soccer.

We also had Earth Day on Thursday.  The PE portion of Earth Day we a yoga activity in the gym.  Students did a 30 minute yoga workout to take care of their body and mind.  May not be the best connection to earth day, but the students really enjoyed some quiet, wind down time following a busy week with the musical.

As part of the musical we had several 4/5 students present their circus arts in the show.  Congratulations to all those that took part.  You really did a great job promoting circus PE in our building to parents, teachers, students and other community members.

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (May 1st-12th)

Seems like we are doing two weeks at a time more often than not now!  A full two weeks in PE classes.  We’ve been working hard on improving our soccer skills through various games and activities.  Hopefully the weather will continue to cooperate and we can get a few classes outside on the actual soccer fields.

Students in grade 3, 4 and 5 also got the chance to work on the escape boxes this year.  M. Koester created some Mario Bros. themed riddles and put the grade 3-5s to work trying to solve them.  Everyone managed to solve the clues and get the treasure!  Great work everyone.  Looking forward to creating some new riddles for next year.

Balancing Act, the school musical has taken over the gym.  For the last few days of past week and most of this week the gym will be full, so PE classes will be outside.  Don’t forget to dress for the weather.



Last Week In PE (April 16th-27th)

Another two for one deal!  April has turned out to be a busy month here at ÉRB.  We’ve had quite a bit on the go over the past few weeks.  We’ve been working on striking games in class (hockey, ringette, bopper hockey).  Students have been doing some skill development as well and mini games.  We also had a guest appearance from Tennis Manitoba.  They came by last week to work on some tennis skills with our students.  Everyone had a great time!

A select group of students had the opportunity to present Circus Arts at the board office meeting last Tuesday and they also had the opportunity to act as teachers/presenters at the Physical Literacy Training Day Workshop last Friday.  This group did a fantastic job!  Way to go everyone!

We participated in the divisional Speed Stacking competition on the 18th.  Our school put in a great effort.  Congrats to Mike M. for finishing 4th in the boys’ Cycle Stack category!

In the coming weeks we are going to be doing some soccer/kicking activites during PE class.  M. Koester and I are also planning a “breakout PE” class using the escape boxes that we’ve borrowed from the division.  Stay tuned for more details.   Hope everyone has an awesome week!