Movement | Physical Education
Cathy Harvey and Kevin Leckenby
Early Learning CenterIn November we continued to work with long and individual jump ropes. Our rhythmic activities included “Grandmother’s Farm” and our favorite cat and mouse game. The children were working hard and having fun in movement.
In December and January, we continued to work on manipulative skills with ribbons, puffballs, scarves, and bean bags. We had fun practicing volleyball skills with balloons and beach balls. We also began gymnastics and learned V sits, animal walks, bridges, egg rolls, and log rolls.
Lower Primary and Middle PrimaryIn November we began practicing for the President’s physical fitness tests. The tests included the following components: sit ups for abdominal strength, sit and reach for flexibility, shuttle run for agility, pull ups/pushups for upper body strength, and the mile run for endurance. We played games and did activities to help prepare for these tests in the spring.
In December and January, we practiced volleyball skills by using balloons and beach balls. We played a lead up volleyball game called “Newcombe” which helped us practice serving, rotating, and covering our area. We also practiced gymnastics with V sits, bridges, animal walks, rolls, and cartwheels.
We had a wonderful time at Jump Rope for Heart. Thanks so much for the donations for the American Heart Association.
Upper PrimaryWe began the year scoring our Baselines so we could track our growth over the course of the year. The students compete only against their future selves, not each other.
Next we moved into relays, which helped develop teamwork and a sense of purpose. We were able to recognize that improving ourselves as individuals also helped the team overall. Small improvements over time made a huge difference.
Now we have put those skills to use on the soccer field. We work on the team and fitness side of the sport. The score is kept but that is only to learn the system, not to stress short term victories. Individual growth and understanding are the main goals of the unit. We will be on the soccer field as weather allows, and if not we can play indoor soccer in the gym. Please send your student in sport/weather appropriate clothes.