OUR MISSION: Students will acquire a physically active lifestyle regardless of ability or skill level by participating in various activities within a positive and inclusive learning environment.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

2017 Tracktivity - June 2, 2017

Tractivity day is a day of physical activity, challenge and fun for Woodman students.  This year the Tracktivity will include grades 5-8 Woodman Students.

To have a great day in our Alberta spring a few things to come prepared with:

  • Small bag to carry the essentials with you
  • Bagged lunch/snack with nutritious food that is easy to eat on the go and that does not require a microwave.
  • Water Bottle with water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sweater or Jacket in case of clouding over or light rain

We are looking forward to a wonderful day! Interested in what students will be doing? Here is the day Woodman Tracktivity Day

Monday, 9 January 2017

Do you Know the Health and Learning Related Benefits of Playing Outside in the Winter?

Benefits of Playing Outside in the Winter

There are so many benefits to spending time outdoors connecting with nature, even in the cold and dreary days of winter. Spending time outside is healthy for our children's mind, body and soul! Here are some benefits of playing outside in the winter:

Woodman Physical Education will be taking out program outside to enjoy the benefits of outdoor play starting Thursday January 11th, 2017.

Each class will have a 6 day Outdoor Activity unit as part of our programming to deliver the alternate environments dimension of the Physical Education Program of Studies as part of our second unit mill rotation.  Participation in outdoor play can be an enjoyable adventure filled with fun.  To ensure that students enjoy winter outdoor activity it is imperative that they are prepared to be active outside.  Suggested items include:

  • Winter Boots
  • Snow Pants
  • Winter Jacket
  • Mittens/Gloves
  • Toque
For each students exact Outdoor Activity unit dates please see the Unit Mill 2 Teaching Allocation

Looking forward to having FUN in the SNOW with our fantastic Woodman Students.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Get out to PLAY in our Magnificent Outdoors

Do you want a free Canadian National Parks Pass for 2017 to Celebrate Canada 150?

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You only need to order one pass for your group or family if you are all travelling together. A 2017 Discovery Pass is valid for everyone arriving in the same vehicle at a national park, or arriving together at a marine conservation area or historic site.

More infomation on the evidence based suport of learnign in the great outdoors.

Outdoor Education – Research Summary Research on outdoor education is synthesized below.

School performance increases when children learn outdoors.  A number of studies have documented increased school performance through outdoor education. Research has document increased standardized test scores, enhanced attitude about school, improved in-school behavior, improved attendance and overall enhanced student achievement when students learn in and about nature. In addition, outdoor education effectively employs a greater range of children’s intelligences. Many researchers contribute the increase in performance to increased relevance and hands-on experience of learning outdoors.

 Learning outdoors is healthy. Learning outdoors is active and increases students’ physical, mental and social health. Some studies have even shown follow-up (e.g., non-school) physical activity increases with outdoor learning. Access to nature has also been shown to decrease the symptoms of ADHD. Outdoor learning and access to nature also decrease stress levels of students and teachers.

Learning outdoors supports child development.  Children greatly benefit developmentally from being outdoors. Outdoor education and play support emotional, behavioral and intellectual development. Studies have shown that students who learn outdoors develop: a sense of self, independence, confidence, creativity, decision-making and problem-solving skills, empathy towards others, motor skills, self-discipline and initiative.

Teaching and learning outdoors is fun. Often, the outdoors provides a change of pace from the classroom, which students and teachers enjoy. Studies have shown increased student enthusiasm for learning outdoors.

Learning outdoors helps develop a sense of place and civic attitudes and behaviors. Outdoor experiences help students increase their understanding of their natural and human communities which leads to a sense of place. Through connection to place, students develop stronger environmental attitudes and civic behaviors. Outdoors learning experiences are the foundation of raising the next generation of active citizens who take care of their natural and human communities.

Outdoor education engages families and the community. Outdoor learning connects families and the community to the school. Outdoor classrooms provide natural entry points for families and community members to get involved with student learning. The relationships developed through outdoor learning lead to greater parental and community involvement in and support for the school.

For PDF of this article and a full list of References Click HERE

Monday, 5 December 2016

Canada has a New Food Guide Comming

Are you interested in giving Feedback towards the creation of Canada's New Food Guide?
Here is a public feedback survey open until Dec 8th

Canada's Food Guide Consultation


Monday, 16 May 2016

What new skill or movement have you tried today?

Physical Literacy Summit - Hamilton

Some key messaging on physical inactivities impact on Health (an the healthcare system) and on how we have been exposing girls to physical literacy.  Food for thought.

Physical Literacy = Ability positively engage in physical activity = Life changing benefits

Monday, 9 May 2016

Woodman Tracktivity Day - May 13th

We are excited to host Woodman's Annual Tracktivity day on Friday May 13th!

Weather permitting we are ready for a day of physical activity, personal challenge and outdoor FUN 

Check out the 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.  This report is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada.For the first time, the 2015 Report Card takes a stand on play in nature and the outdoors—with its risks—and includes a Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play.
Also on the ParticipACTION website; here is a great resource for activity guidelines for youth 12-17

It's time for Canada to sit less and move more | ParticipACTION

You know you should be more active, but life gets in the way. At ParticipACTION, we believe it doesn't have to be that way. A more active life is a better life. With national programs and the latest info all in one place, we help people of all ages make sitting less and moving more a priority.

Woodman Track and Field

Our Track and Field Meet is a Week Away!

Please see our Track and Field Page on the Athletics Website for up to date information and forms. CLICK HERE

Track & Field Schedule

Athlete Parent Letter and Athlete Letter SPRINTS & RELAY : (100m, 300m, 4x100m Relay) Upper/Lower Field - Boldon/Johnston DISTANCE RUNNING : (600m, 1000m, OPEN 2000m) Meet Upper Field at School Stairs - Ms. Tulk / Mr. Bradly / Ms. Perrin / Ms. Matheson SIGN UP: All athletes interested in competing must sign up with their event coach for each event they wish to try out for (example, Joe would like to do Shot Put and the 100m, he must go to a Shot Put practice and sign up and a sprint practice and sign up with each coach.)