Reminder to return your child’s Gymnastics Achievement Booklet

Dear K1 and K2 Parents,

Hopefully you all had time over the Spring Break to check out your child’s Gymnastic Achievement Booklet, and that your child was able to spend some time working on the skills they are still striving to achieve. Over the next 5 weeks we will be concluding our Gymanstics unit. Therefore, please send the Achievement Booklet back to school so that we can keep track of progress over this time.

 

Yours In Movement!

 

Andy Dutton

 

 

 

Gymnastics Booklets coming home today

Please find your child’s gymnastics booklet coming home in their bag today. The idea is for you and your child to sit down and look at which skills they still need to work on for the rest of the gymnastics unit, then work on those skills together during the Spring Break. Please send the booklets back to school with your child on the first day back after Spring Break.

Happy Gymnastics!

 

 

 

Reminder to check out your child’s PE Google Drive folders

To All PE Parents,

Just a reminder that we are regularly updating your child’s PE folder on their Google Drive. Please check it regularly to catch up with all the sensational movement action from PE classes. If you have not accessed your child’s page before please email me adutton@unishanoi.org and I will send you the direct link to your child’s folder.

 

Yours in Movement,

 

Andy Dutton

 

Discovery PE at UNIS

Welcome to the Discovery PE blog! This year Discovery classes are having PE lessons with a specialist teacher for the first time at UNIS Hanoi. Since the beginning of the year, we have been having two units running at the same tim, each for one lessons a week. They are:

Central Idea: We can explore and develop our body’s capacity for movement.

During this unit students are engaged in activities which are aimed at improving their overall muscular strength and coordination. The ECC gym is set up with climbing, jumping and crawling equipment. Students are given freedom to explore this environment at their own pace, while being encouraged to try new things and improve their performance.

Central Idea: Playing games can help us to improve our skills.

During this unit students are experimenting with different equipment, individually, in partners and in small and large groups. Students then apply these skills to games and activities which also involve concepts such as sharing, responsibility, and being principled.

Later in the year (May-June) we will also be having a aquatics and water safety unit over at the UNIS pool.

In the coming days you will be receiving an email giving you access to your child’s Google Drive Folder which features media of your child in action in PE lessons so far this year. Please check it regularly for updates and view it together with your child.

 

All the best!

Mr. Andy and Mr Quang

 

 

 

Grade 4 Athletics Unit Finished/Health Related Fitness Unit begins

Grade 4 classes recently completed their Athletics Unit. It was great to see students really trying to get the best performances out of themselves while exploring the Central Idea: Measuring and recording data gives us information about our performances. 

 

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We have now begun our fitness unit. The Central Idea for this unit is: Our body systems are affected by our choices. We are sharing the Central Idea for this unit with the classroom units, and will be building on the knowledge and understandings that we are learning in class. Students are working towards making their own fitness circuits, which will specifically train them for a sport or activity of their choice.

 

 

 

 

K2 Yoga unit finishing / K2’s Athletics Unit Begins!

K2’s fascinating yoga unit will end this week. During this time the students have mindfully explored what yoga is,  different yoga poses that target different parts of the body and had meaningful discussions about how important controlled breathing is to yoga. They have also independently created a balanced sequence of poses that is a whole body workout.

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We will start our Athletics Unit later this week. The central idea of this unit is, “Measuring and recording athletic performance can help to set targets to improve future performance.” The enduring understanding that we aim for the children to have through this unit will be that:

  • There are a number of ways to measure athletic performance
  • Motivation can be improved if we have a specific improvement target
  • Practicing good technique can improve performance

The PYP attitude we will focus on during this unit is Integrity and the learner profile we will focus on is Inquirers.

We encourage parents to talk to the children about what it means to be Inquirers and to have Integrity in their native language at home as it facilitates the understanding of these concepts.

As it is an outdoor activity students will be required to wear shoes. These shoes should be suitable for outdoor physical activity, that do not hinder students’ ability to run or jump. The toes and heel area should be covered. Crocs are not a suitable for outdoor physical activity so please ensure that your child wears appropriate shoes on their day of PE. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring your child’s safety and positive learning experience.

These type of shoes are considered ideal.

 

Please, no CROCS!!

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K1 Ball Games finished today/Athletics Unit outdoors next week

K1 classes have been exploring ball games over the past though weeks through the question: What can I do with a ball? Each lesson we had lots of time to explore the different things we could do with a ball. We then tried applying some of this skills to a game situation.

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K1 will start their  Athletics unit this week. The central idea of this unit is,“Running, Jumping and Throwing form the basis of all athletic activities.” The enduring understandings that we aim for the children to have through this unit will be that:

    • There is an ideal way to run, throw and jump
    • There are multiple ways to perform different athletic activities
    • Observing and reflecting on performance can lead to improvement

The PYP attitude we will focus on during this unit is Reflective and the learner profile we will focus on is Confidence.

We encourage parents to talk to the children about what it means to be Knowledgeable and to have Integrity in their native language at home as it facilitates the understanding of these concepts.

As it is an outdoor activity students will be required to wear shoes. These shoes should be suitable for outdoor physical activity, that do not hinder students’ ability to run or jump. The toes and heel area should be covered. Crocs are not a suitable for outdoor physical activity so please ensure that your child wears appropriate shoes on their day of PE. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring your child’s safety and positive learning experience.

These type of shoes are considered ideal.

 

Please, no CROCS!!

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K2 Aquatics unit ends and Movement Composition (Yoga) begins!

K2 has had a fantastic time in the pool last 4 weeks! They have enjoyed learning about water safety, floating on the front and back, treading water, free style and breast stroke. They are becoming more independent and confident around water. They have inquired about how pushing and pulling water influences their movement through it.

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K2 will start their Movement Composition (Yoga) unit this week. The central idea of this unit is, “A balanced sequence of movements involves different body parts” The enduring understanding that we aim for the children to have through this unit will be that:

  • Different yoga poses concentrate on different body parts
  • Yoga poses can be put into a sequence for a whole body workout
  • Controlled breathing is an important part of yoga

The PYP attitude we will focus on during this unit is creative and the learner profile we will focus on is balanced.

We encourage parents to talk to the children about the ideas of empathy and communicator in their native language at home as it facilitates the understanding of these concepts.

Grade 4 Adventure Challenge finished/Athletics begins this week

Grade 4 classes completed their first unit in PE last week: Adventure Challenge. Students showed excellent communication and problem solving skills throughout the unit. We were working in particular to improve our ACTIVE LISTENING skills.

Enjoy some pictures of the students in action:

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ATHLETICS STARTING THIS WEEK

This week Grade 4 classes will begin their athletics unit. For this unit the CENTRAL IDEA is:

Measuring and recording data gives us information about our performance.

The students will be learning about different athletics events and practice taking precise recordings of results. We will then analyse the data to make judgements about how we can make improvements.

The KEY CONCEPT for this unit is CONNECTION.

We will be asking the students: How is data connected to performance?

The LEARNER PROFILE that we will be trying to develop is: INQUIRER.

Students will INQUIRE into how they can use data to make judgements about their performance.

The ATTITUDE that we will be trying to develop is: INDEPENDENCE.

We will expect students to work towards being able to record and analyse their data INDEPENDENTLY.

This unit will take place outside on the lower field. Conditions will be hot. To be prepared, students will need to bring each lesson:

  • a change of clothes
  • UNIS PE uniform
  • a hat
  • a water bottle

We look forward to a great athletics unit, which will culminate on Athletics Morning on the 15th of November.

 

Yours in Movement,

 

Mr. Mac, Mr. Pho and Mr. Andy

 

 

 

 

K1 Spatial Awareness Unit ends and Ball Games Unit begins!

K1 has had a brilliant start to the year during the last 4 weeks learning about spatial awareness. Enjoy the pictures below of the children involved in different activities which were designed to make them aware of how space affects us and others:

 

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K1 will start their Ball Games unit from this week. The central idea of this unit is, “We can manipulate a ball in a variety of ways.” The enduring understanding that we aim for the children to have through this unit will be that:

  • Different games require us to do different things with balls
  • We can manipulate balls using different objects
  • There are things we can do with our body that help us to hit a target with power and consistency

The PYP attitude we will focus on during this unit is Curiosity and the learner profile we will focus on is Knowledgeable.

We encourage parents to talk to the children about what it means to have curiosity and be knowledgeable  in their native language at home as it facilitates the understanding of these concepts.

We also look forward to welcoming our new PE teaching assistant, Mr. Quang, to the ES PE next week. I have included a photo below. Please make him feel welcome if you see him walking around the ECC!

 

Quang Vu

 

 

 

 

Warm Regards,

Mr. Andy