Throughout the end of January and into early February, students at Chaparral School got to experience basic gymnastics during PE. We spent time developing various ways to travel along mats and benches, and we also worked on improving our balancing skills. The next step was then to combine these skills and create a short gymnastics routine that incorporated a variety of balances and travels into the mix. Following our work on the mats and benches, we brought out the climbers, balance beams and horizontal ladders to continue adding to our skill set. We focused on safely maneuvering through the equipment, while adding some rhythmic gymnastics by using ribbons on the floor. A highlight of this module was in the final week when students got to participate in Mission Impossible. In this exciting challenge, students had to work in pairs to try and move through the obstacle course in silence while not knocking over any of the equipment along the way. Our Mission Impossible included laser beams, gymnastics equipment, and even a cave that students had to zip line through in order to get to the other side.
Our next module has just begun which is called Stick Games. To start this module, students will be working with pillow ball sticks and are focusing on developing stick-handling and passing skills. After spending a few days developing our basic skills, we will be putting them into action by playing mini games and larger group games of pillow ball. This is an exciting game that students love to play, and the skills will help them to be more successful in other sports such as floor hockey and ringette.
Floor Hockey Intramurals also got started this week. Students have been randomly placed into teams and the Grade 4s started their first games today. Along with players and goalies, we also have leadership students who are helping out with equipment, scorekeeping and even refereeing the games. Floor hockey intramurals will be running for the month of February before we shift into basketball in March.
Thanks for checking in on the PE blog.
Mr Van Roekel