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.
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.