As we approach the end of the school year we have been taking a deeper dive into the intricacies of Basketball in our PE module. We have learnt about the various methods of scoring including layups, shots, slam dunks and three pointers. Being such a fast paced game, our students have loved the speed and constant action Basketball is about. The highlight for all the students was trying a slam dunk (with a lowered hoop) and this really challenged their coordination and athleticism.
As we have transitioned to online learning we have taken the opportunity to focus on our students mental and physical well-being, not only through exercise but also by learning about sleep hygiene and habits, keeping a positive outlook and the importance of various nutritional guidelines, particularly during this uncertain time. We have implemented sprints and fitness ‘homework’ as a way to keep active and train both our alactic and aerobic system which we have discussed at length in previous months, and I am sure we will return to school feeling better, faster and mentally tougher.
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As we read in the article that Ms Valentina wrote a few weeks ago, movement is an integral part of child development, helping with memory, language and attention. How do our youngest ECC students develop their gross motor skills? Here in Pre-Nursery, we love being active, using both our indoor and outdoor space to run, jump and dance. Listening to music is a great way in which we incorporate movement, stretching and dancing to the beat, a good way to wake the body up in the morning and get our blood pumping. It also helps build up our appetite for snack time. Our indoor soft play area is where we can safely practice to balance, which helps us with running and walking, and crawling through tunnels and over blocks. Of course building obstacle courses with our peers is part of the fun!
Toward the middle of the First term, our Middle School students began to enjoy the wonderful and engaging game of Netball. The students were amazed how Netball originated as a female alternative to Basketball due to cultural norms regarding women’s accepted dress code and how this influenced the rules of the game.
While particularly tricky at first, especially regarding the different zones and positions, the students quickly picked up the rules and were enthusiastic about this uncommon sport, here in Italy. They all agreed that the sport should have a men’s component to it too as it was so much fun.
One way of being healthy is certainly to have enough sleep, as Miss Adriana’s article from last week’s newsletter so well explained. Another way of keeping fit is to have regular exercise. How do we achieve that in Nursery 4? Our playground is designed in a way that fosters the development of a variety of gross motor skills. Weekly sessions of PE, Music and Movement, and Yoga certainly complement these activities, and help children develop strength, coordination, balance, and body awareness. They are also great fun, and having fun together is what we like best!
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