Guess What ECC…. It’s SWIMMING TIME!

Starting on Monday May 14th  all students in Discovery, K1, K2, and Grade 1 will be swimming during their PE lessons. Swimming will continue until the end of the school year.

Our swimming program is overseen by our new aquatics coordinator Mr. Hamilton. He brings with him an amazing swim system that focuses on skill progressions and water confidence, while maintaining a safe and fun environment. You can read more details on the program here.

Please make sure your child(ren) is ready to swim by sending to school:

  • swimming costume (not bikinis, swim-suits with hoods, rash vests- see this blog post on why rash vests hinder rather than help: Rash Vests 
  • goggles
  • swim cap (if hair is below shoulders)
  • towel
    For more details on Swimming Expectations please read the Aquatics blog.  

If there are any special requirements for, or exclusions from, swimming over the next 5 weeks please inform Martin Hamilton as well as your PE teacher.

Look What We Can Do!

Discovery children are having a blast in gymnastics! We are learning that with practice we can improve our skills and get better. This means we have to practice something lots of times. Each day we find that we are are a little better and a little stronger.

Check out all the fun we are having learning to jump, roll, balance, swing and climb on different equipment!

 

Super Duper FUN!

In the morning of March 30th our Discovery and K1 students had their very own Super Duper Hero Themed Fun Sports Day. They spent the morning playing their favourite Superhero Games. Thank you to everyone who came out supported us, cheered us on and even played with us!

Here is a small glimpse of all the fun we had this morning!

Have an awesome break Superheroes! See you in April for our Gymnastics Unit.

Elementary Sports Day 2018

Next Friday March 30th all students from Discovery to Grade 5 will be participating in Sports day! We have all been working very hard at learning the different games and activities.

Parents are encouraged and welcome to come watch and cheer us on!

Students must have: 
Hats
Big Water Bottles
Sunscreen
Shoes appropriate for running
House Shirt (Tiger, Lion, Eagle, Buffalo)

Please carefully read below to find the correct timings and locations for your child(ren)’s Sports Day!

Discovery- K1 Super Duper Sports Day
Date: Friday March 30th
Time: 9:00-10:30am
Location: Covered Courts (in front of the Sports Centre)

K2 Sports Day
Time: 8:30-10:30
Location: Sports Field (behind the Sports Centre)

Grade 1- Grade 5 Sports Day
Time: 8:30-11:30
Location: Sports Field (behind the Sports Centre)

Discovery knows Rules are Cool!

Discovery students have been learning all about rules. What do different rules do? Why do games have rules? What happens when we follow the rules? That one’s easy… WE HAVE FUN!

We have been having so much fun learning rules to different games. We are so excited when we get to learn a new game! Make sure to ask us to teach you our favourite PE game!

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! We hope everyone had a wonderful December break wherever in the world you travelled. We hope your holiday was fun, full of laughter and exercise!

We would like to take this time to remind you of PE Uniforms. Below is a list of what your child needs to wear/bring to school on PE days.

PE Uniforms in Discovery, K1, K2 is:
UNIS PE shirt/ UNIS House Team Shirt
Shorts or pants (please do not send your child to school in a dress or skirt on PE days)
Reusable water bottle

All students in Discovery, K1, K2 participate in PE in their bare feet. They need to be able to remove their socks as well as their shoes. Please do not send your child to school wearing footed leggings or tights on PE days as this is a large safety concern.

PE Uniforms in Grades 1-5 is:
UNIS PE shirt/ UNIS House Team Shirt
UNIS PE shorts or pants
Reusable water bottle

All students in Grades 1- 5 need to wear appropriate footwear for PE. This means students should come to school in trainers/sneakers. As well we ask that you do not send your child to school wearing footed leggings or tights on PE days as there may be occasions we ask them to remove their socks and shoes.

We understand that the colder weather is upon us and students need to wear pants, sweaters and jackets. We simply ask that you layer your child’s PE Uniform underneath their warmer clothes. This allows them to remove clothing as they get hot in PE.

If you have any further concerns or questions please feel free to talk to your child(ren)’s PE teacher.

The Beginner’s Guide to PE

We have been having an awesome time in PE this semester. Discovery children have been having a blast exploring all the ways that they can move their bodies. Our main focus this semester has been on developing our balance and gross motor skills. The children have shown tremendous growth in their independence and confidence in their skill levels.

UNIS House Phoenix Points

This year in Elementary PE we are trying out a new house points system. Students can earn Phoenix Points for their house when they demonstrate outstanding perseverance, respect, teamwork, sportsmanship, and organization in PE.

To start the competition we have focused on being organized for PE. This means students come to PE wearing their uniform and with a water bottle. If an entire house was able to do this, they won a point.

It’s been a tight competition so far. The standings as of Thursday were:
Buffalos- 18
Lions- 16
Eagles- 16
Tigers- 13

A huge shout out goes out to G1 this week who were the most organized grade level! They have shown how principled and organized they are. Students remembered to bring their water bottle and wear their PE uniform to classes this week. Way to to go G1!

Welcome back to PE

We would like to welcome everyone back to PE at UNIS elementary. We would also like to introduce you to our new ECC PE teacher, Miss Nikki Carey.

We have started the year with a burst of activity as all students have made PE agreements, learnt a whole raft of Active Starts (ask them about their favourite one) and have been screened for their Fundamental Movement Skills. See one of the Active Starts below.

The plan for the year can be seen below. Please print this off and stick it on your fridge so everyone knows what unit is coming up when? Download ESPE Unit Plan

Please ask your children what they are doing to be active and healthy in PE and school.

Yours in Health

The ESPE team