Category Archives: Physical Education

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!


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.

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


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!

We Learn to “Swim to Survive”

On Tuesday, the grade three students from SJAM went by bus to the Aquatic Centre to go swimming so we could learn to survive in deep water. After changing into our swimsuits, we went to the big pool and did a swim test. Then, we put on red lifejackets, and practiced kicking and swimming to the deep end. Next, we practiced rolling into deep water, and treading water. After taking off the lifejackets, we played games in the warm therapy pool. We had a great day!
by Nathanyal and Mr. Forgrave

Class 3F and Class 3/2B went swimming on June 2, 2015 at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Center to practice to Swim to Survive. We got to the pool and everyone changed into their swimming clothes. When everyone was changed, we took the swim test. When everyone was done the swim test, we got arranged into groups. Our group did rolls which were pretty easy. Then, we swam to the shallow end and back, and finally we got free time. We had lots of fun!
by Aashvi, Raj, and Mahek

On Tuesday, June 2, Class 3F took a bus to the Wellness Centre for Swim to Survive. The instructors checked our skill level and put us into groups. Our group was Gary, Krish, Dairy, Reade, Miah, Lyla. After we made the groups, we tread water, rolled into the water, and swam 50 m. Then we went back on the bus and headed back to school. We had lots of fun!
by Giri, Krish, and Miah

The middle grouped learned swimming so we won’t sync. Rishi, Sharon, Abby, Addison, Carter, and Cal all practiced the front crawl and the back crawl. Then we did some diving and jumping. We did it at the Quinte Sports Centre so we can learn to swim. If we fall in the water by mistake we want to be able to get back out. We went by a bus so Class 3F and 3/2B could fit and we all could go at once. That’s why we went to the Quinte Sports Centre.
by Rishi and Sharon

On Tuesday the grade threes went to the Wellness Centre to do “Swim to Survive.” We learned how to roll into water, tread water, and swim. We started at the shallow end and swim to the deep end. We got to jump in the water and cannonball. Our group rolled into the water, swam to the middle of the pool, and treaded water. Then our group walked to the therapy pool. We were told not to pass the middle line because it was deep past there. We had an amazing time at the Wellness Centre. We can’t wait to go back next Tuesday!
by Kyerah, Caitlyn, and Chesea

On Tuesday, Class 3F went to the Wellness Centre for Swim to Survive. First, we had to do the swimming test. Second, we learned how to roll in the water. We treaded water for 10 seconds, then for 30 seconds, then we did it for 60 seconds. That’s what we did at Swim to Survive. We had fun!
by Reade and Lyla

About Swim to Survive


The Lifesaving Society defines the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. These are expressed in a skill sequence in the Canadian Swim to Survive standard:

  • ROLL into deep water
  • TREAD water for one minute
  • SWIM 50 metres

Swim to Survive is aimed primarily at children, but people of all ages should be able to perform the Society’s Swim to Survive standard.

More information about the Swim to Survive program is available from The Lifesaving Society website.