It’s two for one this week! Our last two weeks in Phys. Ed. were quite different from each other. We had one week of racquet sports and one week of gymnastics.
For our racquet sports week we concentrated on working with racquets and balls, not with nets. Students had a chance to play various games using racquets and concentrated on making good contact with the ball. We played spike ball, wall ball, table ball, two square and gaga ball. We also had a few classes where we played Omnikin tennis. Students needed to use their hand as a racquet and working and rallying with a partner using the omnikin six ball.
For our gymnastics week we set up the divisional gymnastics kit, along with all of our gymnastics/circus equipment. Students spent classes working their way through the obstacle course. Each obstacle on the course forced them to work on a specific skill or ability such as cartwheels, forward rolls, chin ups, balance, springs, landings, etc… This coming week we will continue on with gymnastics, however, we will spend more time concentrating on specific skills. We will also be adding in some more circus elements to our classes. At the end of the week the gymnastics set needs to be returned to the division office.
We’ve also had the cross-country skis for the past month. All students in grades 3-5 have had at least one opportunity to get out on the skis. The weather hasn’t been amazing, nor have we had very much snow, but at least everyone has had a chance to experience some skiing. We will be shipping off the skis at the end of January to the next school, so we’ve got two more days to enjoy them. Maybe mother nature will give us a ton of snow and some super warm temps to finish off the month!
Welcome back and Happy 2018! A bitterly cold start to 2018! Thankfully things will be heating up in the gym this January. Our first week back we had “fitness week”. Students took part in fitness activities including: pacer test, timed run, upper body/lower body strength stations, circus stations, and also got a chance to try out our new rock climbing wall.
We are so happy to have our finished traverse rock wall in the gym! It’s going to be a great feature to have throughout the year to challenge our students’ strength and problem solving skills. Looking froward to all the activities we can try with it!
We also have our divisional cross country skis for the month of January. Hopefully things can warm up a bit and we will have the chance to be outdoors with them over the course of the month.
Interscholastic basketball is also starting up in January. Teams are open to all grade 5 students regardless of prior basketball knowledge. Please check out our Teams & Clubs page for more info.
One last blog post before the holiday break. It’s been a fun-filled couple of weeks here. We’ve been working on throwing, catching, dribbling, and a bit of basketball-related skill development throughout the weeks. We’ve also had a sprinkling of holiday themed games added to our PE classes in the past few weeks. Some of the games we’ve been playing include: Sled Races, Tree Decorating, Football Route Running, Angry Birds as well as many others. We will continue with this plan for the next few days. To cap off this month of school we will be playing a teachers vs students handball game on the last day (Dec. 22nd) during periods 7 & 8.
Next month we will have lots of fun things in the works. Cross Country Skiing, Racquet Sports and Gymnastics. We will also be starting our next intramural activity (Gaga Ball). Hope that everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season. See you all in 2018!
This past week we wrapped up our Team Handball interscholastic teams. Both teams participated in the district 3 friendship tournament. The girls played at Sansome and the boys played at ÉRB. All players did a fantastic job and showed some great improvement this season. The teams will have one last chance to play this month when the face off against the teachers on the last day of school before the holiday break. The next interscholastic team will be basketball. Which will start up in January 2018.
In regular PE classes we continued to work on Throwing and Catching activities. Students are spending classes getting lots of repetitions in overhand throwing, underhand throwing, catching while stationary as well as catching on the move. We will continue to work on these skills in the coming days as we slowly transition into basketball-type activities with the students.
Our intramural soccer season is also winding down. Students can look for a new intramural activity to be starting up in January. We will be following the same schedule. Grade 3s play on Day 3, 4s on Day 4 and 5s on Day 5. The plan right now it to have a “drop in” style month of intramurals where students get a chance to play spike ball, gaga ball and maybe some racquetball.
A bit of a transition week in classes last week. We are slowly moving away from rolling activities and moving into throwing/catching activities. We are also starting to add in some holiday-themed activities now that we are making out way into December.
Students had one last crack at gym curling last week. It’s definitely been nice having the equipment here and we hope that we’ve encouraged some students to check out real curling in the future.
We played quite a few throwing and catching games last week. We played Slam Ball (a lead up activity to Spike Ball). Swam Ball, and even just gave the students a chance to play “catch”. It’s nice to take time to just throw and catch a ball, frisbee, foxtail, whatever…without the stress of a game situation. These are two skills that many of our students find challenging. Playing catch will definitely help your child become a more proficient thrower and catcher…if you have a chance over the holiday break grab a ball, a toy, a balled up sock, whatever you can find and try throwing/catching with you child. Even a few minutes of practice can make a world of difference.
Our team handball teams both played their final games last week. Thanks to M. Koester for handling all the coaching duties this year, since I was away on leave. Our teams will have one more chance to play at our district #3 friendship tournament on the afternoon of December 8th. The Boys will be playing at ÉRB and the girls at Sansome School. Hope to see you out to cheer on our players!
A full week of curling last week in PE. We have the divisional gym curling sets for two weeks. We are working curling into our rolling unit to help introduce our students to a great winter sport that is ideal for our long Winnipeg winters. We’ve also been working hard on our rolling skills. Students played some low organized games that involved rolling to help hone those skills.
Last week towards to end of the week, and to start this week we are starting to move from rolling activities to throwing and catching activities. We will concentrate on those skills over the next few weeks before we start to wind down for the holiday break.
A reminder to our Team Handball players and parents that our tournament will be help on Dec. 8th at 1:10pm. The girls will be playing their games at Sansome, the boys games will be played at ÉRB.
A full week of rolling games, activities, and skill development. Students had a chance to play Doctor Pinguard, Individual Pinguard, Goal Ball, Knockout Ball, Super Bowling and a variety of other activities to work on their rolling. We will continue down that road next week as well.
We will also be having the divisional curling equipment dropped off this week. Students will get a chance to curl in the gym over the coming two weeks. Hopefully we can get a few more students hooked on curling by the end of our unit.
Time to get back at it again! Sorry for the lack of updates. I was away on parental leave for 3 weeks and then took a week to get things sorted out again. Now back in the office/gym and ready to rock! October was a busy month. Students spent the majority of the month working on the transport skills (running, jumping, hopping, skipping and galloping). We played a variety of games to work on these skills in game situations as well as in isolation. Students were evaluated on these skills for the term 1 report card.
Towards the end of the month students had a chance to visit the haunted basement (created by M. Koester and M. Walden) while I was away. I never got a chance to see the finished product myself, but I heard it was pretty spooky. I’ll look forward to helping out again next halloween.
Our Team Handball season is now well underway. Both teams have played a game and have had several practices. They will each be playing a total of 3 games and participating in a friendship tournament in December.
Now that I’m back at work again you can look forward to blog posts every week…or at least that’s the goal. Like I said earlier, I was away on parental leave. I’d like to welcome my son Bram Daniel Vermeylen, born on Oct. 15th. He’s doing well and cannot wait to visit everyone at ÉRB throughout the school year.
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.
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.