G2-5 swimming

G2-5 begin their new swimming unit starting this coming Monday the 26th.

We have a new swimming system masterminded by our new aquatics coordinator, Mr Hamilton. It is an exciting approach to teaching skills and we are looking forward pushing all students forward.

Please ensure that you are ready to swim with

  • swimming costume (not bikinis, swim-suits with hoods)
  • goggles
  • swim cap (if hair below shoulders)
  • towel

Grade 2/3 Adventure Challengers

The grade 2 and 3’s have recently finished their epic adventures in team-building and problem solving.

G2 managed to navigate their way around the ‘Island of the Monkey King’, working on their teamwork skills to negotiate all of the challenges. They successfully discovered and transported the skull of the monkey king and now have the ability to eat as many bananas as they want. They can also listen to each others ideas

G3 used their problem-solving skills to infiltrate a robot gang’s Bomb Factory and work their way up each level. They needed to utilize their problem-solving loop by Identifying the problem, creating ideas, choosing and experimenting with the ideas and then establish whether there were any new problems that arose. Of course, there were always new problems but they tackled each one with vigour and managed to save Hanoi from the gang, you can all feel safer tonight from their efforts.

Right now G2/3 are doing different versions of small ball games. Ask them about them and throw some balls around outside of school to practice everyones hand-eye coordination.

G1 Gymnastic floor routine

After several weeks of practicing individual, partner, group and class balances and then linking them with rolls, jumps and creative movements, the Grade 1’s have put together some fantastic performances, full of tight bodies and strong control.

 

Here are some shots of parents in action too. Way to role-model strength and balance!

G4 Gamesense Volleyball

The G4 students have been working on their footwork and positioning when playing net games. We have been following a gamesense model where games are modified depending on where the students are at. They make decisions depending on their capabilities, while still enjoying all the fun elements of a match.

This is a game of King/Queen of the court in action. Ask your child what happened when things got competitive!

Skating update

After such a successful skateboard unit for G2, we are looking to introduce it into G4 and also encourage all students to give a it a go outside of school.

We have partnered with Hanoi’s original skate shop who will be stocking more and more junior boards and gear, including padding. Their quality is the important factor, particularly when safety is a concern.

Linh of LB’s Skateshop has been skating in Hanoi for years and is more than happy to offer help and guidance.

G3 Decision-Making in Invasion Games

We have been learning how to make the right decision at the right time in an invasion game. The students started off playing ultimate ball working on their passing and catching. They then progressed to matball where they were concentrating on moving into space and then things got even, when they needed to be more accurate in the game of benchball. Ask them about the difference between the games.

Next week we will increase complexity by moving to handball where there will be more decisions to make and students will need to speed up their processing. Finally, we will be working on basketball to put all of the invasion games skills and decisions to the test.

 

G3 Gymnastic performances

All of the hard work that G3 have been putting into their gymnastic movement sequences was finally made into action last Friday when they performed to a number of parents. Their movements all showed strength, control and balance and proved that they had been serious collaborators to create and master their routines.

Even some of the parents got in on the action

New Athletics Unit in PE-What Students Need To Be Ready!

We are starting our new Athletics Unit in PE this week and we will be outside.  In order to keep the students safe, it is important that all students are prepared for class.  Please be sure that your child has their PE uniform, water bottle, hat and proper running shoes. Please no sandals, flip flops or crocs. Grades 4 and 5 will also need to have a change of clothes.  It is also a good idea for the students to put sunscreen on in the morning.

So You Think You Can Dance? Check Out Grade 5!

In PE the grade 5 classes have been researching and creating a cultural dance.  In their research they learnt the history of their dance and why it was important and where and when it originated.  They also learnt that a sequence of movements can have physical, social, mental and spiritual benefits.After lot’s of preparation, the students performed and taught their dance to the class this week.  It was fantastic to see the students step out of their comfort zone and be real Risk-Takers performing in front of an audience.  There were a lot of impressive dance moves happening in the Sports Center.  Here are a few for you to check out!

Here is an example of Duc Vinh teaching his classmates his dance.