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.
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 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).
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!
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. 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!
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!
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.
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.