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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!

The Last Few Weeks in PE

The blog has definitely taken a hit since Spring Break.  I’ll try to be back on top of things with my weekly posts.  Here’s what we’ve been up to over the last few weeks in PE.

Classes have been busy golfing…no not outdoors!  I wish.  We’ve been borrowing the SNAG Golf set from the division.  SNAG stands for Starting New At Golf.  It’s a great kit that really breaks down the technique of golf and makes it very kid friendly.  We’ve spent a good two weeks perfecting our putting, chipping, pitching and driving.  It’s been a lot of fun.

April also brought the start of Wellness Month.  The first week our theme was Hydration.  Students were busy tracking their water consumption and trying to maintain a good level of hydration throughout the day.  The second week was Exercise.  We started every day with an Active Start (5 minutes of walking in the halls).  Next week Mindfulness.

We’ve also started up Marathon Club and Volleyball Club.  Our Volleyball Club is for grade 5 students only.  They’ve been practicing every day 1 & 2 and are working towards competing the our volleyball tournament in early May.  For Marathon Club we are now over 70 participants!  We run every Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:15.  Our goal is to train to run in the High 5 Run as well as the Super Run (as part of the MB Marathon).


April is Wellness Month

April 2nd-April 6th: Hydration Week:

Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school for the week.  Our goal is for everyone to drink two bottles of water a day.  Students will be tracking the water they drink daily on their tracking sheet. (Shade in half the bottle after drinking 1 bottle of water).  Any type of bottle is fine, we’d like to encourage everyone to bring reusable bottles if possible.

April 9th-April 13th: Exercise Week:

Students will be participating in an “active start” every day.  We will be walking the hallways of the school for 5-10mins following morning announcements.  Students will be using their tracking sheets to track their physical activity for the week.  Each portion of the pie is 10 minutes of exercise. The goal being 60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise daily.  Exercise at home counts towards our daily goals, so please help/encourage your child to complete their 60 minutes a day.

April 16th-April 20th: Mindfulness Week:

Students will be taking part in a mindfulness lessons for approx. 10 minutes every day.  They will be tracking their mood, focus and energy level before and after mindfulness every day. I’d recommend the Headspace App (Take 10 program).  It’s a free app and the “take 10” program is a free guided mindfulness program.  You do need to create an account with the app.  Students will be participating at school, however, you are welcome to do more at home.  Headspace is a great app and there are many other mindfulness programs, apps, videos available for free online.

April 23rd-April 27th: Sleep Week:

Students will be tracking their sleep pattern for the week.  Marking down what time they go to bed, what time they wake up and how many hours of sleep they get.  We’d also like to encourage our students to limit their screen time prior to sleep, and encourage proper sleep routines.

Here’s our Wellness Month Tracking Sheet:

École Robert Browning Wellness Month

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (March 12th-16th)

Stacking and skipping, that’s what we’ve been up to in PE over the past week.  Students have gone bonkers for speed stacking.  They’ve been frantically working on putting in a good time for both the 3-6-3 and the Cycle Stack in hopes of making the school team, which will be participating in the divisional tournament.  Many students have gone out and purchased their own cups in order to practice at home.  It’s neat to see such drive, commitment and determination to work on such a simple skill.

Skipping has also started to take off.  We’ve been working on both individual skipping and long rope skipping skills.  We’ve definitely seem a vast improvement in skipping skills in just a few short days of practice.  We will continue with skipping and speed stacking as we close out the month and prepare for spring break.

We will be having the annual teachers vs. Grade 5 basketball teams game the last day of school before the break to kick off the holiday.

Don’t forget that April is Wellness Month.  Our first week back after the break is Hydration Week.  Other themes for the following weeks include exercise, mindfulness and sleep.  Have a good week and happy Spring Break!  Catch you in April!

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (Mar. 5th-9th)

Volleyball and Speed Stacking.  That’s been our focus for the last week.  Students have been working on playing Circulation Volleyball (a 4 vs. 4 version of volleyball where players are allowed to catch and self-volley all 3 contacts).  We’ve seen some really great progress in volleyball skills and strategies.  Especially from one group of grade 2s (room 8 & 9). Way to go everyone!  Our grade 5s will have a volleyball club starting up in April.  We will be practicing during lunch hours and will have the opportunity to compete in the divisional volleyball tournament at Westwood Collegiate in early May.

Speed stacking has taken over our gym, hallways, classrooms over the past week.  Students have been working hard to get in a good time on the 3-6-3 Stack and the Cycle Stack.  We have been running time trails during class, recess and lunch hour.  We will be taking the top 6 boys and top 6 girls to the divisional speed stacking tournament held in April.  Right now we’ve got a few times in the 4 second range for the 3-6-3 and a few in the low teens for the cycle stack.  Keep up the good work everyone!  Cannot wait to see how we do at the tournament.

Last Week In Phys. Ed….a two for one special! (Feb. 19th-Mar. 2)

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. (Feb. 12th-16th)

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!



Last Week In Phys. Ed. (Feb 5th-9th)

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.  IMG_6169

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (Jan 29th-Feb 2nd)

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!