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Balgonie Elementary School
Believing Everyone Can Succeed
Daily Physical Activity Program

Bobcats are Active

Balgonie Elementary School students, staff and educational community is proud to be active each, and every day. Our classrooms are interactive instructional spaces where students are motivated to learn through a balance of mental and physical activities. Our staff members are committed to helping our students increase their ability to learn through various brain break activities during class time, as well as integrating various intensities of physical activity into lessons throughout the day. Students are encouraged and supported to be active in Physical Education classes as well as through a broad variety of extracurricular activities throughout the school year.

Daily Physical Activity Program

BES Bobcats have a school based committee to develop and support the provincial Daily Physical Activity program in our school. This committee meets and develops activities for students and staff that align with the Daily Physical Activity program.

Bobcats DPA Component #1: Helping Hearts, Heads and Helping Hands 1/2 Marathon

The students, staff and BES school community are pleased to announce the kickoff of Helping Hearts, Heads and Helping Hands 1/2 Marathon October 12, 2011. All students and staff at BES will walk, jog or run 1 km every day until 21 km's are completed. This school wide activity is part of the provincial Daily Physical Activity initiative. For more information see the Ministry of Education website, Ministry of Education Inspiring Movement document , Ministry of Education on physical activity and Saskatchewan In Motion website.Our Helping Hearts, Heads and Helping Hands 1/2 Marathon is a school wide initiative that involves each and every student in our school in a comprehensive, focussed activity on a daily basis. All students are participating in a 1 km run,jog, at the same time daily, on different routes within Balgonie, until the 21 km goal is achieved. In conjunction with this activity, students are completing DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), as well as developing literacy skills linked to the goal setting and other components of the Daily Physical Activity (DPA) program.
 

Bobcats DPA Component #2: Drop Everything & Dance

Our Just Dance initiative is a school wide dance program that involves each and every student in our school in a comprehensive, focussed dance activity on a daily basis. All students are participating in a 15 minutes of dance activities every day, at the same time daily, in our classrooms using You Tube clips from the Just Dance and other game console dance games as well as Sesame Street and other movement/dance friendly videos. In conjunction with this activity, students are completing Math Literacy skill development exercises following the dance component to further develop math literacy skills linked to our Learning Improvement Planning goal setting and other components of the Daily Physical Activity (DPA) program.
 

Bobcats DPA Component #3: Classroom Choice DPA Activities

Classroom teachers will be building Daily Physical Activities into their timetables and logging the time they have spent completing DPA with students. Classes will be competing to log the most DPA they can, without taking away from regular instructional time until the Easter Break. Prizes will be awarded to the classes that log the top times! Prizes to be announced prior to the last week before Easter Break.

Bobcats DPA Component #4: Skip IT!

Skipping is one of the top cardiovascular activities that people can participate in. The Bobcats will be Skipping IT for the next DPA Challenge. All BES students have been provided with a personal skipping rope for the Skip IT! DPA Challenge courtesy of WINMAR Property Restoration Specialists Owner/Manager Anna Tzortzis and her associate Christine Cormford. Due to their kind sponsorship we were able to buy all students at BES their own skipping ropes for the DPA round April 24 - June 7, 2012. We look forward to developing skipping tricks, presentations and videos as this challenge progresses. Go Bobcats!

Resources

Saskatchewan

 
Alberta
 

A Handbook for Grades 1–9 Schools (2006): This resource supports implementation of the Daily Physical Activity (DPA) Initiative that became mandatory in September 2005. The resource is designed to provide teachers and administrators with information and ideas for developing a daily physical activity program. The resource contains numerous activities that can be organized by the school for small spaces, outdoors, whole school ideas and for the gymnasium.

 

British Columbia

  • Schools will provide 30 minutes of daily physical activity for students up to Grade 7. Effective September 2011, schools will have the flexibility to provide 30 minutes of daily physical activity for students in Grades 8 or 9, or provide students in these grades with options to engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

Daily Physical Activity

 

Ontario

 

The government worked in partnership with the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association to develop a variety of resources for teachers. These resources are available for download as PDF files: