Category Archives: Daily Physical Activity

Belleville Children’s Safety Village

On the morning of Monday, October 24th, students from Class 3F visited the Belleville Children’s Safety Village to learn and practice how to be safe around sidewalks, intersections, and moving vehicles.

During our visit, we reviewed our understanding of sidewalk safety, road crossings, and being safe around school buses and traffic. We reminded ourselves to walk in the middle of the sidewalk, to take a giant step back from the curb, and to “Stop, Look, and Listen” when getting ready to cross the road.

All of the students had an opportunity to practice at being both a pedestrian and a driver in the safety of the scale village. We had a great time driving the Jeeps on the right side of the road, practicing our turns, and stopping for the various signs and signal lights.

Pedestrians and drivers wait at the railroad crossing of the Children’s Safety Village.

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During our visit, students created two mock emergencies. In one instance, a student “fell off a roof,” and in the other, “a train accident injured six students.” We practiced calling 9-1-1, and provided the necessary information to the 9-1-1 operator.

We all had fun at the safety village and learned about being safe around traffic and moving vehicles. Thanks to Officer Dan for letting us visit!

Awesome Summer Playday!

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On Thursday, students and staff at Sir John A. Macdonald School had a wonderful day of outdoor water play activities. Students rotated through seven stations of fun that were planned, organized, and run by the senior students. The kindergarten, primary and junior students had a wonderful time celebrating the summer weather amid cooling splashes of water.

Drip Drip Drop
by Mit, Kyerah, Krish

#hyperlapse DuckDuckGoose #playday

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One of the games we played was Drip Drip Drop. It is played like Duck Duck Goose but with a sponge that is soaking wet. Our game leader was Madison. In the game Drip Drip Drop, we were supposed to try to get everyone as wet as possible and try to have as much fun as possible! Instead of tapping students on the head and saying “Duck,” we dripped water on their head with a sponge. But when it was time to say “Goose,” instead we gave the sponge a huge squeeze and drenched that person with cool water. Following that, the two players would race around the circle to see who would get back to the empty space.

Parachute
by Lyla, Rishi, Jaron

#hyperlapse Parachute FUN!! #playday A video posted by Andrew Forgrave (@aforgrave) on

One of the stations was the parachute. Gem was the leader who ran the games. The first game we played was shark attack. The game shark attack was cool because  3 kids (sharks) went under the parachute while Gem picked 3 lifeguards. The Sharks’ job was to pull other people under the parachute (which represented the water). The life guards’ job is to save the person that is getting pulled by the shark. We also played “igloo,” and “carousel.” Kids visiting this station had a lot of fun!

Water Balloons
by Brooklyn and Nathanyal

#hyperlapse Water Balloons #playday

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In the shade of the trees, some of the senior students set up a Water Balloon station!  Some of the games we played were Toss the Balloon, Toss the Sponge, and Dump the Bucket on the Leader .The first thing we did was passing a water balloon to a partner but the catch was that if you dropped it, you would get soaked.  

Lemonade Stand
by Chelsea

Lemonade Stand and Central Control
Lemonade Stand and Central Control

After running and having fun, students had a chance to visit the lemonade stand. Morgan was the leader for the lemonade stand. After a refreshing drink of lemonade we had a hula hoop contest. Then we played with the balls and scoops! It was a lot of fun!

Over and Under
Reade, Raj, Giri, and Mr. Forgrave

  #hyperlapse Water Relay #playday   A video posted by Andrew Forgrave (@aforgrave) on

One of the most fun stations was the “Over and Under” Water Relay station. The station leaders were Stuti and Ryan . We used four bowls, two sponges, and water. We lined our two teams up in two rows, with one bowl filled with water at the front, and an empty bowl at the back. The person at the front would soaked the sponge in water from the bowl and then passed it over their head to the next person. The wet sponge moved back the line until the last person squeezed the water out into the empty bowl. We then repeated this until the front bowl was empty and the back bowl was fill. We had fun getting wet when the water dripped onto our heads!

Chalk and Bubbles and Skipping Ropes
by Cailtlyn, Miah, and Mahek

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One of the fun stations gave students a chance to play with chalk, bubbles, and skipping ropes. Other than playing in the sun and running around we also had some time to cool down. We got to draw some pictures on the pavement with some different colors of chalk. We could also blow scented bubbles. For some thing else to do we could we could do some skipping. It was a nice station to cool off from all the running around and being in the sun!!

Bean Bag Tag
by Aashvi

#hyperlapse #playday Bean Bag Tag

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One of the games was Bean Bag Tag Team and our leaders were Dhvani and Devin. There were bean bags lined up in the middle of the field. Two teams would send a runner to the centre when their number was called to try to capture a bean bag. If you got the bean bag, you tried to run back to your team before the other team grabbed your scarf. If they managed to grab your scarf, then you had to put the bean bag back and the other team got a bean bag. This was a fun game full of lots of running!

 

After the stations were completed, everyone gathered back beside the school wall where we took a group photo. Unknown to us, Mr.Mills (who was standing behind us) was getting a water hose ready, and once he was set, he sprayed us all with water to cool us down before we went back inside!

What a FUN day!

Wonderful Winter Snowshoeing!

By Class 3F

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We are snowshoeing!

On Monday afternoon, Class 3F had a surprise opportunity to enjoy the winter snow by snowshoeing in the baseball field behind the school.

For many of us, this was our first opportunity to try snowshoeing, and it was a wonderful learning experience. Although we may have fallen down once or twice (or seven times!), we had a lot of fun!

We wrote the following instructions for others who may have not ever tried snowshoeing.

Instructions for Snowshoeing

  1. Be dressed for outside weather.
  2. Find a pair of matching snowshoes from the bag.
  3. Find a clear spot of your own to put them on.
  4. Putting on the snowshoes:
    a) put the snowshoes on the ground, teeth side down, bindings side up.
    b) loosen the 3 straps on each snowshoe (see photo)
    c) put one foot in one snowshoe.
    d) make sure your toe is pushed forward as far as possible (to the toe hole)
    e) tighten the top 2 straps over the top of your boot.
    f) make sure the heel strap is behind your boot and then tighten it.
    g) repeat steps c-f for the second snowshoe.
  5. Try walking. If needed, tighten the straps so your boots stay in the bindings.
  6. Have fun!
Snowshoe binding with two tops straps and one heel strap.
Snowshoe binding with two tops straps and one heel strap. The toe hole is at the front.