June 5

It’s the Circle of Life

Pivot turn, shuffle step…students at our school danced their hearts out in the gym for both parents and peers. Plenty of practice and hard work paid off today and performances brought smiles and lots of applause. It’s not easy to perform in front of an audience and you all did a wonderful job doing your very best.

Our class decided to join forces with the Grade 3/4 class and we danced to a remix of Circle of Life. Students decided to dress as an animal of their choice and we had a wonderful assortment of animals such as giraffe, leopard, tiger, parrot, monkey, elephant, and so on.

Grrrreat job, Grade 3s and 3/4s! I’m proud of you!

Note: A video of our dance will be posted in the near future.

October 15

Benchball and Other Class Happenings

Benchball is a fun, invigorating game which involves 2 teams whose goal it is to have all of their team standing on the bench by the end of the game.

One person from each team is chosen to begin on the bench opposite of the playing ‘field’. This person’s job is to catch the ball. If the ball is caught, the team member who threw it can join him/her on the bench. If you step off the bench, you must go back onto your side and try again. Collaboration and plenty of team effort helps teams to succeed!

Have a look below at a game nearing the end of the match.

There’s always a lot going on in our Gr.3 classroom. Have a look below and see some of the things we’ve been up to!

September 29

Making Terry Proud

Who was Terry Fox? If you are visiting from another part of the world besides Canada, you may not know who this famous Canadian was.

Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and quite simply, a hero. He had lost his leg to cancer when he was 18. He decided to try and run across Canada to raise a million dollars for cancer research. He ran about a marathon every day for 143 days beginning in 1980.

Unfortunately, Terry didn’t quite finish his Marathon of Hope, as he called it, as the cancer had spread and he passed away on June 28, 1981. In his words, he said,

It’s got to keep going without me.

And that’s exactly what we did this week at our own school, and at schools and cities around the world. We celebrate Terry’s legacy and continue to run and raise funds for cancer research.

Who do you run for?

September 24

Circuit Time

Gym class on Thursday was something a little different from what we’re used to. We did a circuit of various ‘stations’ where students were hula-hooping, stepping, running, throwing, and crunching their way to a great workout! Why not add some upbeat music, too?

Have you ever done a circuit before? What did you like about it? What activity or exercise would YOU  like to see in a circuit?

April 6

Zumba…say what?

That’s right. Zumba. If you’ve never experienced it, Zumba is a dance-based exercise program that gets your heart pumping. We had the joy today of experiencing Zumba for ourselves thanks to 2 instructors from Movati Club.

We had 30 minutes of upbeat music and even got to use drum sticks as part of our activity. What fun!

Have you ever tried Zumba before? What do you think?



February 19

Jumping for Gymnastics

Our class loves to explore the various gymnastics equipment each week. We seem to especially love the ropes station. There are typically 8 or 9 stations set up around the gym with varying pieces of equipment from box horses to storming planks to balance beams and so on. We work with different people each week and explore the equipment…under, over, between, around, up, down. We are asked to incorporate certain elements of gymnastics in how we explore as well. For instance, we may be asked to incorporate at least one type of balance while working on the equipment, or incorporate a locomotive movement such as galloping, skipping, step-kicking, etc.

We always focus on safety as the most important aspect of gymnastics and this includes what we wear, how we behave, being aware of others around us, and how we safely use the equipment.

Sometimes we prepare a short presentation for our peers and demonstrate our creativity and skills for one another. We really enjoy performing for others. It makes us feel proud when we receive applause from our peers.

Our next gym class can’t come soon enough!

January 26

Totally Tubular Tubing!

We all had a lot of fun on a physical education adventure in St.Mary’s, Ontario. Many of us have been to River Valley Tubing, but this was my first time! Luckily the weather cooperated and we even had some snow falling from the sky off and on throughout the day. The sun made an attempt to come out, but it was mostly overcast. Regardless, we had a blast!

I tried to capture as many of you on camera as I could. I’m sorry if I missed you.

October 27

“Did You Say It’s Gym Time?”

Let’s face it–students LOVE gym time.There’s so many activities to choose from. We learn cooperative games, organized sports, how to be a team player, how to strategize, raise our heart rate, and so much more!

Have you ever used a KIN Ball? KIN ball is an actual start that began in Quebec. Go Canada! In our class, we use the ball in a variety of ways. It’s a lot of fun! In this particular gym class we played a few games including Railroad, Indiana Jones, and Keep It Up.


In these first video below, we’re playing a fun game called Bench Ball. In the second video, two of our students try to explain how the game works. Have a look & listen:

Bench Ball from MrsS on Vimeo.

Bench Ball Explanation from MrsS on Vimeo.


What’s your favourite physical education activity?