Spring is back and as the warm weather comes we will be outside frequently for gym. April tends to be a bit wet and muddy so having rubber boots at school can make it a little more fun to be outside. All classes have already been out on the new cultural trail and once the field dries up we will be playing some softball and soccer outdoors too.
February seemed to fly by! Just a couple of notes this month:
Grades 4 and up got to go snowshoeing on the cultural trail which was a fun way to experience winter.
The grade 7’s have started a unit focused on teambuilding and working collaboratively. Grade 10 has started a work-out plan and visits the fitness centre last period on each Day 1.
We have lots of fun activities planned for Winter Carnival coming up this month and once the weather warms up a bit we will be going outside more often again.
A number of students do not have indoor shoes anymore and this is making it difficult and sometimes dangerous to participate. Boots can’t be worn on the gym floor and socks are very slippery.
Half-way through the year and I have noticed a lot of improvement in students' fundamental movement skills. K - 4 just finished gymnastics and everyone did a great job!
Grades 5-9 finished units on volleyball, badminton, and just started basketball.
We didn’t start our dance unit yet so that will happen this term and we will also get outside more for outdoor education!
For all our students who are or will be 13 by Feb. 26 we have an opportunity to compete in the North American High School E-sports League. We can field teams of 3 plus one alternate in FIFA, Madden, League of Legends or Rocket League. Anyone interested is welcome to let me know and I can provide more info and get them registered. It is an excellent opportunity to compete online and a chance to win a piece of the $600k in scholarships given to winning teams.
Welcome back to school everyone and Happy New Year! We have a lot to look forward to in 2021. Our first week back we will be playing some of our favorite games and then K to 4 will start a dance project and 5-9 will be finishing the volleyball unit we started before virtual learning. In celebration of winter we will also be starting a leadership project and doing some outdoor activities in the snow like building shelters, starting a fire with a bow drill, and snowshoeing. Students will have lots of notice to be prepared for outdoor activities :)
November seemed to fly by. We were able to move back into the gym and we used the opportunity to do some units that were difficult to do outside. The older grades played badminton and volleyball and the younger grades played soccer and worked on fundamental movement skills.
This month we move to online learning. Primary to 3 will have some Phys. Ed. incorporated into their online learning time and I'll be sharing ideas for being active around the house that they will be encouraged to try. The older grades will be given some resources to set some goals and to plan their physical activity. They will be asked to track their progress and check in with me from time to time. They are also encouraged to communicate with me through email if they need help making a plan or finding resources.
I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
We have had above seasonal temperatures so far this year which we have been very appreciative of. However, this warm weather will not last forever! As the mercury dips below freezing it will be very important for students to come prepared to be warm when they have gym class because we will be outside as long as it is safe to be.
In October grades 4-9 talked about what can make up a healthy lifestyle and started a poster project. In November we will be learning what a S.M.A.R.T goal is and setting some fitness ones for ourselves. We will be tracking our progress to achieving them over the course of the school year. We will also be doing some baseline fitness assessments to help us set meaningful goals. We will continue to try new games like volley baseball… the grade sevens played this in costumes which added to the fun!
I want to start by recognizing how well all our students are doing with adjusting to their return to school and all the changes to routine because of covid. Physed class continues to be outside. So far we have been lucky to have had great weather on school days but I would like to remind everyone to be prepared as we enter fall and the temperature starts to get colder. We cannot use the gym at all and the classroom is pretty limiting so if the weather is bad we are still going outside. It is important to have a raincoat if it's raining and layers if it is cold.
This month K-2 grades will be working on balance, some fundamental movements, and going on some nature walks. Grades 3-9 are doing some work on mindfulness, nutrition, using both weak and dominant feet and hands for striking and they too will be going on nature walks. Grades 4-9 will also be doing some physical fitness testing to be able to create some s.m.a.r.t goals and track their progress over the year.
I wish everyone a happy and safe fall!
Hello, and welcome back. I know this year school will be different from what it has been in the past but I am looking forward to doing the best I can, given these unusual circumstances. For those of you who don’t know me yet, I am Gordon Pictou and I am excited to be teaching Phys. Ed. I started a few weeks before Covid shut down school early last year. I know there will be many challenges to offer gym classes safely, but I am confident we can still have fun moving and developing our athleticism. One of the best ways to do this is by being outside; so, as much as possible, gym class will be outdoors this year.
Who is this guy anyway?
I am from Millbrook and have been a teacher since 2002. I taught in High School in HRM and adult learners in Sipekne’katik and Millbrook. For the last few years I have been the Municipal Physical Activity Leader (MPAL) for Millbrook and in that role, I had worked with all our communities, planning and coordinating sport and recreation opportunities. I have been a baseball coach for over 20 years and more recently, soccer, baseball and track. I am a positive an energetic person and I try to be an encouraging and supportive coach. If you would like to reach out to me to talk about your child or to know more about sport during the pandemic, I am happy to have those conversations with you. This guy is also a father to three boys and we have a crazy beagle, a silly black lab, and two feral cats. My mother is Phillipa Pictou and my dad is/was Bill Pictou, and I have two sisters, Karen and Amber. I grew up in Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver before moving back to Millbrook in 2009. I’m trying to learn to speak Mi’kmaq but I’m far from good at it yet… meskay. I am very excited to have this excellent opportunity to work for this school and to serve our future generations in this community.