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Last Week In Phys. Ed. (Sept 25th-29th)

A big ‘thank you’ to all those that brought in Toonies for Terry last week!  Our school raised $483.95 to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation.  Great work everyone.  Thanks to all the parents, staff and students that came out for our walk on Thursday.  It was a beautiful day and it was a great turn out for our event!

Last week in PE classes students spent some time working on their fitness.  We did timed runs, relay races, games that focused on cardiovascular endurance and some strength activites as well.  Everyone got their hearts pumping and put in a great effort in all classes.

We also held our 2nd cross country race last Thursday.  All runners did a great job!  Looking forward to see how you all do at the divisional race on Oct. 5th.  Hopefully the weather continues to cooperate.

This week we are going to continue to work on developing our transport skills during PE classes.  We will also start organizing ourselves into teams to start up our fall intramural acitivity.  Students in grades 3-5 will have the chance to play indoor soccer in the coming weeks during the lunch hour.  The winning team at each grade level will have a chance to face off against the teachers at the end of the season.


Last Week In Phys. Ed. (Sept 18-22)

A good week of team building activities in PE classes.  We worked our way through a variety of activities last week. “Pathways” a game that M. Koester found online was a class favourite.  This game have students trying to uncover the secret pathway to get across the maze.  Each mistake resulted with the students running a lap to earn another turn at the secret path.  We also worked on some basic hand-to-hand circus instruction (aka pyramid building and group balancing).  Students really needed to communicate and work as a group to have success in those balance positions.  Some of our younger students also played some games to work on their fundamental movement skills.  We played Rodeo, Semis and Race Cars as well as a few others.  These games got students running, skipping, galloping, hopping and moving safely around the gym.

We participated in our first cross country race on Thursday last week.  All of our runners looked strong and put in good efforts.  Well done everyone!  Our next race is on Thursday at 4:05pm and will be held at ÉRB.

Next week we will continue to work on fundamental movement skills.  We are focusing on the transport skills for the remainder of September and October.  We will be playing a variety of games and activities to teach, learn and practice ways to transport the body in space.  Keep following along with us over the coming weeks.

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (The first full week!)

Our first full week back at school!  A busy week in the gym.  Students have been hard at work getting back into the swing of things.  We worked on some warm-up routines, proper change room etiquette and played a few simple games to get our bodies moving.

Students also spent a few minutes trying out some of the circus arts equipment available to them.  Grade 4 and 5 students will be tracking their progress throughout the year to try and complete the entire circus arts checklist.

We also held our first cross country running practice.  We had 30 students out for a jog on Wednesday.  We will be practicing on Mondays and Wednesdays and we have our first race on Thursday after school.  Best of luck to all our runners.

Let the good times roll!

September 5th!  We are back in the saddle!  M. Koester and I are excited to get the 2017-18 school year rolling.

This year we will be continuing with our Circus Infused Physical Education program.  Students will have the chance to try out many different circus arts during their time in PE classes.

We will also be running various intramural activities including soccer and floor hockey! Don’t forget that winning teams in each grade level get to face off against the teachers team at the end of the season.

For extra curricular activities we will be starting up with Cross Country Running for students in grade 4 and 5.  All students that are interested should come out to practices, regardless of previous long distance running ability.  Our divisional race is in early October so we need to get training ASAP!

In terms of our day to day classes, students will be exposed to a variety of activities that will help promote physically literacy and increase students understanding of what it means to be a physically literate individual.  We hope to instil competence and confidence in our students so they are able to leave École Robert Browning with the skills and knowledge to carry on a healthy and active life!

One new initiative that we are trying for the 2017-18 school year is Don’t Walk In The Hallway.  Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information.  Can’t wait to give it a try!

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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!



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 ( 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!