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.
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.
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 week full of fitness last week. Students did a variety of fitness stations, timed runs, beep tests, and other fitness-themed activities. One of the more popular activities was definitely GaGa Ball. This very simple game seems to be taking over online and is definitely worth a try. Our students love it!
GaGa ball is quite simple. Set up a “pit”. We used tables turned on their side. It’s best to make them into a hexagon shape. Use a ball that’s big enough to hit and light enough that it won’t hurt too much when hitting it or being hit by it. Play with as many players as you like. Fill up the pit and then drop the ball to get started. If the ball touches you below the waist you are out. Only underhand striking of the ball is allowed. That’s about it! Check out our instagram for a few short videos of our students playing
Last week was also Exercise Week as part of Wellness Month. We started each day with an “Active Start”. Students did a short 5-10 minute walk of the halls prior to starting the day. Next week our theme is Mindfulness. Students will be “taking 10” as part of a meditation program through the Headspace App.
Our last full week of volleyball related PE classes. Students had the chance to play some triple ball (our format of volleyball), spike ball, table ball, handball, and a few other games. We also opened up the speedstacks for the first time in a while.
We have started having speedstacking practices over the lunch hour. We will be starting up time trials soon to figure out who we will be taking to the divisional tournament on April 19th.
Grade 5 volleyball is also underway. Students are practicing every day 1 & 2 during the lunch hour. We will be participating in a tournament on May 10th at Westwood Collegiate. We currently have 35 students participating in volleyball club!
Next week we will be starting a golf unit. We will have the divisional SNAG golf set for two weeks. Looking forward to getting some clubs swinging!
Last week was our first full week of volleyball. We’ve started to work on some of the skills, techniques and strategies that will help our students have success when they begin playing volleyball as part of a team. We will continue to work on these skills with the end goal of playing “circulation volleyball”, a 4 vs 4 game played on a smaller court.
The younger grades also worked on some volleyball skills, however, they will be doing so in more of a Low Organized Games style. They won’t have the end goal of playing a game, rather, we want them to have an idea of what volleyball is all about.
Next week we will continue with volleyball, however, with Project Fair in the gym we may be limited as to how much we will be able to do. As a fall back we will be starting to work on our time trials for speedstacking. The divisional tournament is on April 19th and the top 10 stackers at ÉRB will have a chance to represent us at the tournament.
Last week in Phys. Ed. we started working on our net/wall games. Students spent a few classes familiarizing themselves with some of the basic rules and strategies of a variety of net/wall activities. We played 2-square, table ball, handball (not team handball) and spike ball. These are all great lead up activities to racquet sports and also deal with a lot of the same strategies used in volleyball.
The grade 5 basketball participants had one last “kick at the can” at our district #3 friendship tournament on Friday afternoon. Everyone played really well and did a great job representing our school. Well done!
In the next few weeks we will be continuing with net/wall activities and starting to dive more into volleyball. Grade 5 students should keep their ears open for announcements regarding our grade 5 volleyball club that will be starting up shortly.
A very short week last week. Students spent some more time working on their striking skills and also had a chance to play a few low organized games to change things up a bit. We will continue to work on our striking this coming week. We have Ringette Manitoba coming in on Monday to teach us more about the sport of Ringette. We will also have the chance to play some actual games of hockey, ringette and bopper hockey this week to wrap up our striking unit.
Our next unit is going to focus on net and wall games. We will be playing some volleyball, spike ball, handball, table ball and a few other lead up activities that resemble volleyball.
Lots of striking last week in Phys. Ed. Students had the opportunity to try out hockey sticks, ringette sticks and bopper hockey sticks (polo sticks) in a variety of striking activities. We did some bowling, pin guard, and relay races with the different striking implements. We also worked on stick handling and shooting on goalies and at targets (moving and stationary).
By far the most popular game was Bee Line. A game in which two teams work at hitting a moving target (a person) walking back and forth across the game area. Hitting the target causes it to change direction. The object of the game is to have the moving target cross the goal line on your end of the gym.
We will continue with striking next week. We also have a very special visit from a group of PE teachers from Sweden as well as from Dr. Dean Kreillaars, the professor running our Circus PE study. Should be fun to show off some of our circus skills!
A week of randomness this past week in phys. ed. M. Koester and I were trying to finish up some evaluations of all 429 students we teach. During evaluations students had to show off some of their basic movement skills in isolation. The skills we looked at this term were rolling, throwing (both over and underhand), catching and kicking. Needless to say, it took us quite a while to see everyone.
Students that weren’t working on their evaluations were busy working on circus skills, basketball skills as well as some other fitness activities. Next week we will start looking at striking below the waist. Some of the activities we have planned revolve around the sports of hockey and ringette. Can’t wait to try out our new indoor ringette set we purchased this year!