Physical and health literacy

I really enjoyed the physical and health literacy lesson by Cheryl, Elizabeth, Mary and Rob. I liked how there were so many choices for activities and many of them allowed students to be creative. When I first went into the gym I thought there were four stations but then saw that there were 16. I thought that was great because there was less of a chance for line-ups so students can try many different activities. I saw at the obstacle course a group of students made a hungry hippo game with just two crates, 2 scooters and bean bags. They seemed to really be enjoying themselves. I think that is something that we should all be instilling in our students that simple materials can create fun games. They had many games where a person had to be aware of their body and what it could create. The instant activity had you using your body to create letters and the warm up and cool down had you using your imagination to turn into animals or imagine that you were in certain situations.

The discussion we had was very interesting because it made you reflect on how much exercise a child actually gets in a day and what is considered exercise. When you break down the 60 minutes required it is actually very doable. A teacher can do cross-curricular activities to teach subjects that can involve physical activity. Or a quick activity in the morning or brain break can also be incorporated. Sometimes just that little bit of exercise can make a difference. In my school all students have to go outside to play and are not allowed to stay in the classroom unless it is really cold outside and I think this is very good. A child needs to run around or at least have a change in environment to function.

I think the group had a good balance of activities that incorporated all different interests of students. Some students prefer individual activities and others enjoy working in groups. Good job!

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  1. Hi Sonya!

    I agree with you that I had a lot of fun with this groups lesson. It allowed a lot of choice and had everyone moving around engaging in some kind of healthy activity whether it be bringing your heart rate up or relaxing your mind.

    What you have mentioned about students creating a game with simple materials I think is such a key aspect of that centre. Often times students are confined by the boundaries set on playground or with equipment they are told how to use. I think its crucial to give students the fundamental movement skills they need to participate in an active game and then allow them the creative space to come up with a game.

    Allowing them time to use seemingly random equipment to create a game or activity also gives them valuable skills for being active outside of the classroom. Students would hopefully, with the teachers guided help, understand how they can create games at home with limited equipment, increasing the likelihood of students being active outside of school.

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