K1s are ready to go!

K1s have learned all of the routines and agreements in PE. Which means we are ready for our next unit!

Starting after the break we will begin a Climbing Unit. Children will be encouraged to take risks and try climbing on different equipment around the school. While this may seems dangerous we are ready for K1’s to become courageous and challenge themselves.

Risky play is an important part of growing up. Research shows it helps build confidence, self-esteem, and resilience in children. It helps develop social skills, and teaches children how to manage risks and keep themselves safe. For more information on Risky Play check out: Outsideplay.ca

As most of this unit will be outside students need the following on PE days:
Sport Shoes or Trainers (no sandals or crocs).
Pants, shorts or the school skort (No skirts or dresses
Water bottle

Swimming Update

Correction: Last week there was a mistake in the dates of the K2 and Grade 1 swimming. The unit will run one week longer than stated. Our first swimming unit dates are:

Monday September 24th-  Friday October 26th. 

We are sorry for any  inconvenience this may cause.
Yours in health,

Time to Make a Splash!

Starting on Monday September 24th all students in K2 and Grade 1 will be taking part in their first swimming unit of the year. Swimming will continue until Friday October 19th. 

Our swimming program is overseen by our 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, swimsuits with hoods, rash vests, swim shirts)
  • 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 4 weeks please inform Martin Hamilton as well as your child’s PE teacher.

It’s all about Strategy! Strategy! Strategy!

K2’s have been busy in PE lately. We have been trying to figure out how we can become better players in games.

We learned that to be a better player we need to be a thinker. Making a strategy or plan to use helps us. At first we thought our strategies were all about being fast and strong. But as we kept playing games we realized we needed more than that! Now we have so many strategies, and with each new game we play we learn more strategies!


Some of our strategies so far:
“Run when they aren’t looking at you!” – Sebastian (Game: Monster Invasion)
“Pretend you are going to go one way then go another!” – Flynn (Game: Zookeeper)
“First run straight, then a zigzag, then a circle and then straight again!” -Julian (Game: Who Let the Dogs Out)
“Wait until the Monster ball is coming towards me and then throw the ball!” – Eimear (Game: Monster Ball)
“Don’t run until after the people have thrown their ball, then run really really fast!”- Sarah (Game: Temple of Doom)
“I got all the balls and then throw them all at once!”- Ella P. (Game: Monster Ball)
“When someone comes towards me I turn around so they can’t take them (clothespeg)” -Andy (Game: Clothespeg Tag)
“Move my sushi up and down so they can’t get it” – Liam (Game: Sushi Ninja)

For more K2 Cool Awesome Strategies check out the windows of the ECC Gym!

Next time you see us ask us what our favourite strategy to use is! Even better- have us teach you the game and show you our strategy in action!


PE in the ECC!

Children in Discovery to K2 have just completed their first full week of PE this year! Lots of fun and learning was had by all! Discovery students enjoyed learning about all the fun ways they could move their bodies and manipulate different equipment. K1’s were busy learning about how to be safe in our shared space when playing games and K2’s began to question “What makes a game a game?”

Welcome Back PE Superstars!

We would like to welcome everyone back to PE at UNIS elementary. We would also like to introduce you to the newest member of our PE team, Mr. Matt Magowan.

We have started the year with a burst of activity as all students from Gr. 2-5 have made PE agreements, and learnt a whole raft of Active Starts (ask them about their favourite one). Discovery to Grade 1 are having a smooth transition into PE and are full of excitement for the year ahead.

On PE days please make sure your child(ren) come to school with the following:

  • Reusable water bottle marked with their name
  • PE Uniform (UNIS or House Shirt, UNIS shorts/skorts/pants)
  • Grade 4 and 5: A change of clothes

The plan for this year can be seen below. Feel free to print this off and stick it on your fridge so everyone knows what unit is coming up.  More information for specific grades and units will be sent out closer to the starting of that unit. ESPE Unit Plan 2018/2019

Make sure to stay tuned to this space throughout the year for more information, announcements, and to see what fun we having!

Yours in Health

The ESPE team