ES Cross Country Day Information 2014


Photo: YIS ES CROSS COUNTRY DAY 2013

The annual YIS Cross Country will be held in Negishi park on Thursday, November 13th.

The students will have choices to run 1 lap (1.3km) or 2 laps (2.6km). They will set their own goals and try to achieve them on that day.

Every PE class from Grade 3-5 will have the opportunity to complete some practice in advance of this exciting day. Students will be bussed to Negishi Park during two special PE lessons ahead of the day (October 22nd and November 5th). The PE department will be sharing more information about the event as it nears, so be sure to check back to this blog regularly.

Gr3-5 students who are keen to complete more training might like to talk to their parents about adding some extra walking, bicycle riding or perhaps a game of tennis, hockey or any other sport that gets the heart racing and the legs moving.

As the holiday approaches, it might be time to think about whether students have the most appropriate gear for Cross Country and PE, some ideas may include:

Shoes
All students need to wear proper athletic running shoes. Please do not buy the brightest lovely colored ones you see. Please go to a running/athletic shoe specific shop, take your old shoes and then talk to the person who know about feet, shoes, and exercise.

Sports Shorts/shirts etc.
Try and choose sport fabrics and then buy some warmer layers for colder weather. All YIS students are required to wear a YIS T-shirt to PE which can be purchased in the store.

The school store hours are:
Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 – 11:30 am /  Fridays 2:30 – 4:30 pm

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Grade 3 Adventure Challenge

Grade 3 has started their unit “Adventure Challenge”. Through the unit, the students experience initiative games to explore how different approaches help individuals understand each other better.

It has been wonderful to listen to their discussions during class. Each of the students took different roles and helped their team.

As part of the activities, the students tried to launch a parachute into the air, bounce a ball with a parachute and cross the “Amazon River” with their special science equipment.

Each student has their own ideas to share and  compromized as part of their planning.

Here is some of the dialogue from their discussion…

“We want to shake the parachute higher because we can get more air.”

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“I want to do slow”

“How about medium… not too fast not too slow, like…1,2,3…”

“Let’s jump the last one”

“I can’t jump high”

“If we move the parachute many times, we will get all tired.”

They shared their ideas along with some demonstration so every one could understand what it meant to be “not too fast not too slow”.

“Can we do it one more time if we can’t make it?”

The last dialogue was very interesting as they thought together. The students set goals during each activity. They discussed what would be realistic goals for them to set. Their learning cycle will continue as follows…”set goals””taking action” “reflect” “plan”!

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Cross Country Day – November 20th 2013

Cross Country – November 20th 2013

The annual YIS Cross Country will be held in Negishi Park on Wednesday 20th November.

Every PE class from Grade 3-12 will have the opportunity to complete some practice in advance of this exciting day!  The PE department will be sharing some information about the event and this week we would like to share some training ideas for MSHS to prepare for race day.  ES students are pretty active in PE as well as at recess and lunch, any G3-5 student who is keen to complete more training might like to talk to their parents about adding some extra walking, bicycle riding or perhaps a busy game of tennis, soccer, hockey or any other sport that gets the heart racing and the legs moving.

As the holiday approaches, it might be time to think about whether students have the most appropriate gear for Cross Country and PE, some ideas may include:

Shoes – All students need to wear proper athletic running shoes. Please do not buy the brightest lovely colored ones you see. Please go to a running/athletic shoe specific shop, take your old shoes and then talk to the person who knows about feet, shoes and needs – tell them about your need/s and any injury or issues you currently have. Try on many and then buy a pair.  This can be challenging if you don’t speak Japanese, but there are lots of running blogs about footwear and your friendly PE teacher can also assist you along the way.   The barefoot/minimalist shoes have brought out many different ideas and theories and it is important to know what is best for you and your body before you put miles into your shoes.

Socks – not all socks are created equally. Talk to sports shop people about socks and climate here in Yokohama. Good socks can cost more but you may find that they last longer in this climate and that you need less sock not more. Everyone has different likes and dislikes, try a few different types and then buy the one/s that you love.

Sports Shorts/shirts etc. – go and try on a variety of brands and get things that fit you well. Try and choose the dry-fit type fabrics and then buy some warmer layers for colder weather. Think about when you exercise, and if it includes the dark, try and get some gear with reflective panels or bright colours.  All YIS students are required to wear a YIS T-shirt to PE – check with the school shop to claim yours!

Sports Bras – Are expensive and don’t always do the job. Try different brands and sizes until you find something that works (is supportive and doesn’t chafe etc.) best for you.

Welcome to YIS Elementary PE!!!

 

Welcome to YIS Elementary PE. I look forward to working with you this year. Below you will find a few reminders to help you have a great year in PE.

Please remember to bring –

  • your PE uniform
  • a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes
  • a towel and change of clothing (you will be given time to shower and change)
  • a sun hat
  • sunscreen
  • a water bottle (you will be given breaks to drink and cool off)

Some photos from the first week.