Early Years K-4
During the Early Years, emphasis is placed on the acquisition of basic movement skills and their use in introductory and simple activities. Students begin to understand what movements to do, as well as why and how to do them. These skills are the building blocks for participation in all physical activity and are the prerequisites for lifelong physical activity.
Middle Years 5-8
During the Middle Years, emphasis is on the acquisition and application of basic movement skills and their use in modified and lead-up activities. Students continue to develop their understanding of what movements to do, as well as why and how to do them. Students are expected to participate in various physical activities scheduled on an ongoing basis throughout the year including individual/dual/team sports/games, alternative pursuits, and rhythmic/gymnastic and fitness activities. Programming will also include learning activities that are representative of different learning environments or settings (e.g.: playing fields, parks, trails, arenas, playground equipment) and representative of multicultural perspectives.
Instruction & Assessment
At Nordale, home of the "Nordale Stars", the Physical Education Goal is to
provide students with planned and balanced programming to develop the knowledge,
skills and attitudes for physically active and healthy lifestyles.
Every student develops: movement, fitness management, safety, and
personal/social management skills for lifelong fitness and physical activity
K- 8 Physical Education Classes are instructed by a Physical
Education Specialist on a six day cycle.
K, Five classes of
instruction with specialist, totaling 110 minutes
Grade 1-6, Five
classes of instruction with specialist, totaling 150 minutes
7/8, Four classes of instruction with specialist, totaling 160 minutes/cycle
Manitoba Schools Fitness Assessments are administered in the fall and spring
for Nordale students in grades four to eight. This information is then shared
with parents. The Leger Beep Test is also used to provide feedback in relation
to Maximal Aerobic Power.
We have often been using opportunities to share information about student
learning through the use of Skill Portfolios. In this situation
we set up stations in the gymnasium for the various grade levels during the
student-led conference nights in March. These stations serve as a snapshot of
what is taking place in Physical Education classes. These skill portfolios serve
as a hands-on opportunity for students to share some of their skill development
with their parents.
Basic Motor Skills
Assessments are utilized at the K - 3 levels, information is shared with
parents in the fall and spring terms.
Fitness Assessments for
students in grades 4-8 take place in the fall and spring terms. Goal setting
takes place along with acquiring new knowledge in relation to fitness
management. Reflection upon the goals takes place throughout the winter to see
how students are working towards accomplishing their goals.
Rubrics (number scale system)
involves a battery of tools are used to assess factors such as: Safety, Personal
and Social Management (Fair Play, Cooperation), and Movement/Physical Skills.
Student Assessment is based
on the outcomes of: Demonstration and Knowledge of Movement Skills, Personal
Fitness Management/Development, Demonstration and knowledge of Safety Concepts.
These outcomes are reported for students and parent on the LRSD Report Card.
Technology in Physical Education
Within the Physical Education Program at Nordale School, there is an
opportunity for students to explore the use of heart rate monitors. These
devices, which are worn during periods of physical activity, provide feedback
regarding an individual's heart rate.
These devices serve as a method of motivation for students, as well, they
assist in providing knowledge about fitness. Following a workout most of these
heart rate monitors can recall the workout to provide further feedback (i.e.
time spent in, above and below target heart rate zone). Currently, twenty-four
such devices are available for student use.
Intramurals, Clubs & Sports
Every student is invited to participate in Nordale's intramural program.
Activities in the intramural program such as: low organized games, sports games,
activity stations, are regularly scheduled primarily at lunch time. Intramural
activities are inclusive of all students at all grade levels.
Kindergarten – Grade 3 students participate in Jungle Gym on Day 1’s at lunch
time. Students enjoy climbing, skipping, running, playing on scooters, balancing
and the list goes on! It’s a Jungle in the gym on Day 1’s!
Students in grade 5-8 participate on a weekly basis. The Nordale Activity
Schedule is posted on a weekly basis in each classroom and it includes all
A very important aspect of the intramural program is that our PALs (Physical
Activity Leaders) help run the activities. The Pals assist in the Jungle Gym
activity for our K-3 students.
Nordale School's Running Club begins in the fall. Students in grades 3 – 8
are invited to attend morning and lunch hour runs. Students participate in
warm-up type activities, runs and running activities (partner runs, color runs,
stamp runs, juice runs, pursuit runs, tag runs) followed by low organized games.
This year, Running Club will take a break during the winter months and will
resume in the spring. Students will then begin training for Manitoba Marathon
Louis Riel School Division provides participation tournaments and leagues for
volleyball and basketball in which Nordale School fields grade seven and eight
teams. League games will take place for volleyball and basketball in one of "A",
"AA" or "AAA" Divisions. Teams are placed into leagues based on school student
population in grades 7/8.
Students in grades 5 & 6 participate in Yellow Volleyball and Mini
Basketball Festivals. Students enjoy these fun evening events!
Cross Country is offered each fall for students in grades 4-8. These meet
dates are set as LRSD divisional events.
Badminton is offered in the spring term.
The LRSD Max Bell Indoor Track Meet for grade five and six students takes
place each winter, as well, each May/June an outdoor meet for LRSD students is
hosted. These are participation meets with the emphasis on fun.
Track and Field Meets for grade seven and eight are held
annually each spring for Louis Riel School Division students.
Nordale also hosts a participation track meet for all of our grade 5- 8
students. This is a great opportunity for all of our grade 5-8 students to
compete/participate in many events.