What a great start to the year it has been. The school is alive with happy children all around the school engaged in a range of learning activities. In PE, children have been eager to participate during lessons and all grades have been working very well together.
Prep children have adjusted to structure and routines of school life really well. A lot of them were involved in the Pre-Prep program conducted last year which has helped them to develop a good understanding of expected behaviour in class. They have spent time in PE learning about rules, procedures and safe behaviour when working in the hall. They participated in movement activities that encouraged them to develop their awareness of, and move safely when playing around other children. Children learnt to recognise boundaries and participated in numerous movement and running activities.
Year 1/2 children also improved their understanding of safe behaviour when participating in activities in the hall. We discussed how to run and move safely, keep our shoes tied tightly and be careful when using equipment. The children participated in activities to develop their use of small balls. They practiced their throwing and catching skills and used them in minor ball games.
The Year 3/4 children were also working on improving their throwing and catching skills. Activities were aimed at refining their techniques to improve accuracy and power. They learnt about teamwork and cooperating together when working in a team. They learnt how to play the game of Throwball, which is similar to Teeball.
Tennis has been all the go for the Year 5/6 children. They have participated in a range of activities to improve their racquet and ball control. They learnt how to play forehand and backhand ground shots and are beginning to display these skills when playing modified games of tennis. They are beginning to gain good control when striking the ball. The Year 6 children have also been preparing for Interschool Sport where they will be competing in games of Teeball, Basketball and Tennis.
Our Year 5/6 children have been allotted an iPad for classroom use during the year. This week they brought them to PE lessons. The learning focus for the lesson was to video, reflect on and adjust their performances They were working on throwing frisbees. After demonstrating how to throw a frisbee, it was time for the children to begin their task. The children were working in pairs. First, one of the children videoed their partner having 3 attempts at throwing the frisbees. They then swapped roles so that all children had a video of their performance. They then had to analyse their attempts and choose their best effort. The children then had to edit their video so that they only kept their best performance. Next the children had to reflect on what components of the skill were missing(if any) from their best effort. They then had the opportunity to discuss with me what components were missing and what they needed to do to adjust and improve their frisbee throwing. Most of the children were able to reflect with some success and then went away to adjust their techniques. The children enjoyed the opportunity to use their iPads in PE and felt it was a worthwhile exercise. We will use them again in the future.
During the past two weeks all year levels have been participating in a unit of work covering gymnastics.
The children in Foundation level have been developing their ability to perform a forward roll from a crouch position. Most of the children have been successful in performing this skill.
In Year 1/2 we have been focusing on learning how to perform a forward roll with a straddle. Some of the children mastered this skill with relative ease, so they were given the opportunity to extend themselves by learning how to perform a dive roll.
Year 3/4 were focusing on the dive roll. They enjoyed the lessons and some of them were diving through hoops and over foam objects.
Year 5/6 were also concentrating on developing their dive rolls. they started with simple dive rolls, before progressing to diving through hoops and over objects similar t the 3/4s. To extend the children in this level, they had to dive simultaneously with others. It was great to see children working cooperatively and to achieve success.
With Term One almost over, it is time to reflect on the children’s performance and skill development in Physical Education. It has been a busy term with all year levels having the opportunity to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understandings. All children have been working on improving their level of fitness. Almost all PE sessions have commenced with children running laps of the oval, trying to improve their running stamina. They have learnt how to improve their breathing technique and running style.
The children in Foundation level have settled into school well and are beginning to understand the nature of Physical Education lessons. They have spent time developing their understanding of the safety issues and rules relating to safe play and participation in the lesson. Much time has been spent improving their awareness of others and ability to run and move safely in activities and games. They have began to develop their running, catching, kicking and vertical jumping skills and have displayed these skills in a variety of minor games.
Year One/Two children have also consolidated their understanding of factors relating to safety when participating in Physical Education lessons. They have participated in lessons designed to develop their running, dodging, vertical jumping and overhand throwing skills. The children have enjoyed participating in all activities and have shown considerable improvement in their ability to perform these skills.
Year Three/Four children have been the big improvers in their running skills. They have tried very hard to improve their running technique and stamina, and distance they can cover. This term they have participated in two units of work covering Teeball and Gymnastics. In Teeball they have developed their overhand throwing, catching and two-hand side-on striking skills. They have also improved their understanding of how to play the game, developing their knowledge of the rules and their ability to make appropriate decisions when playing the game. In Gymnastics the children have consolidated their ability to perform a forward roll. They have been very enthusiastic during these lessons and have displayed a willingness to work hard to improve their skills.
In Year Five/Six the children have been developing skills associated with the games played in Interschool Sport. With only a few of our children involved in playing competitive sport outside of school, it is necessary to develop their understanding of rules, game sense and skills that are required to participate in these sports. The sports involved are Teeball, Basketball and Tchoukball. The children have developed a range of skills, including overhand throwing, catching, two-hand side-on striking skills and dribbling. Most children are new to the game of Tchoukball and displaying enthusiasm, they have quickly developed their ability to understand and play the game.
Wishing everyone a safe, happy and active holiday.
2014 promises to be another exciting year at SAEPS with many opportunities for the children to learn and participate in games and other physical activities. I look forward to introducing the children to new games and activities throughout the year, and further developing their knowledge, understanding and skills. Not only will their physical skills, such as running, throwing, catching, jumping, striking, …etc be developed, but the children’s social, emotional, cooperative and leadership skills will also be enhanced as a result of their participation in physical activities.
The weekly one hour Physical Education lesson provides the children with the opportunity to learn and improve their competency in a range of physical skills. Involvement in competitive and non-competitive games allows them to practise and refine these skills, as well as providing opportunities to develop teamwork, collaboration, cooperation and leadership skills. Prep children will also participate in a Perceptual Motor Program which aims to develop language, motor, visual, auditory, social and memory space such as the ability to remember instructions and recall information.
Our participation in the Active After School Communities program is continuing this year. The program is funded by the Australian Sports Commission which allows us to provide qualified coaches and a healthy snack for the children. In Term One we are running a girls Soccer session on Monday night, and Karate on Thursday night. The children are enthusiastic about participating in the program and look forward to improving their skills, as well as improving their fitness and having some fun after school.
Interschool sport is another opportunity for our Year Six children. In Term One and Two they participate in a competitive sporting program, competing against children from other local schools in the St Albans area. We have already commenced the program with our first games held last week. This term we are playing basketball and tee ball. We were not very successful, winning one of the matches and losing two, but the children developed their knowledge of the games they were playing. This was a new experience for many of the children – playing in a competitive team sport. The children had a great time and displayed a positive attitude to playing in their school team.
The School and District Athletics Carnivals will be held early in Term Three and the Whole School Swimming program is booked in at Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre for December. More opportunities…….
Students at Saeps have been busy improving a range of skills and understandings. The Preps have just completed a unit where they had the opportunity to develop their Vertical Jumping skills. It was pleasing to see the confidence and competence of the students develop during this unit. They are now working on their Gymnastics skills where they will learn to develop the ability to perform a forward roll. The Year 1/2 are beginning a unit on Forehand Strike. All skill components of the strike will be practised and the students will have the opportunity to apply it in a range of minor games. The Year 3/4 will have the opportunity to organise and play a game of Teeball. Students will learn what is required such as organising teams, equipment and the running of the game. Skills refined and developed will include overhand throwing, catching and two-hand side-on strike. Year 5/6 students will be participate in a cooperative running activity as a warm up. They will then work on developing their ability to play hockey with skills practise, followed by games.
This week will give the opportunity for our students to develop a variety of skills and understandings. The Preps will commence a unit on improving their catching skills. They will be work on keeping their eyes focused on the ball, catching balls of different size and texture. They will also be given the opportunity to improve their agility and movement skills by completing an obstacle course. The Year 1/2 program will see the students refining their vertical jumping skills. They will also be learning the rules of Bushrangers, which is a ball evasion game. The Year 3/4s will be returning to Teeball which they experienced earlier in the year. They will be working to improve their decision making during the game. The Year 5/6 program will see the students complete the Badminton unit with a knockout competition. The students will learn what is involved in organising such an event and will take responsibilty for some of the roles.
Students at SAEPS will have another exciting and busy week in PE. Preps will continue to focus on developing their dodging skills. They will also complete activities to develop their balance and locomotion skills. Yr 1/2 will also continue with dodging activities, as well as beginning a unit of work on leaping. Yr 3/4 enjoyed working on their vaulting skills last week and they continue to develop these using the vaulting horse. They will also be working on developing their skills in Newcomb. This week they will be concentrating on rules and how to keep score in matches. The Yr 5/6s will also be vaulting again. Badminton will still continue to be the focus for the Yr 5/6s. They will also be learning how to keep score when playing a game. The Yr 5/6s will also be preparing for a Badminton competition to be held in the hall during lunchtimes.
Hi, my name is Graham Sherwill and I am the Physical Education teacher at SAEPS. During this term, the years 3-6 will be preparing for the Athletics Carnival, which will be held towards the end of term. During PE lessons the children will have the opportunity to develop a variety of athletics skills, including High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Discuss, Shot Put and Sprinting. The children will also participate in variety of cooperative games and activities. Prep children will be working on units of throwing and catching, balance and developing motor skills. Year 1/2 will working on developing kicking, dodging and leaping skills.