Students at Lady Grey Elementary School (LGES) are working on a different form of literacy, that will help teach them different skills and boost their confidence.
Physical literacy can include many different types of movement, and the students have all signed up for a different activities in the Let’s Get Physical in 40 program, which takes them to different locations around town for a 40-minute class.
“Hopefully at the end, they will see themselves maybe more confident in a whole bunch of areas,” said LGES vice principal Laurie MacDougall. “There’s kids doing all kinds of different fitness and aerobics and dance activities.”
Some of the students will sign up to participate in activities they are experienced in and passionate about, but they will try something new along the way, as the program runs for three five-week sessions.
“Hopefully every time they choose a new session, they will expose themselves to something they have never tried,” MacDougall said.
From climbing and gymnastics, to curling and hockey, the students at Lady Grey Elementary School will get to try something new and different through the program.
After Christmas, students will be able to add snowshoeing to their list of options, after Columbia Basin Trust granted the school funding to equip themselves with new snowshoes.
The physical literacy program is also helping students and teachers connect with the community.
“Bringing in community members and giving them a small honourarium is helping us link to the community, so the children are more familiar with community members and community members feel more comfortable with our school kids, and it just increases connection,” MacDougall said, adding that Columbia Basin Trust has also granted the school funds to help engage instructors. “We want to honour people for coming out and being a part of this because there’s so much skill.”
Hockey, gymnastics, and climbing gym instructors are only some of the community members that are involved with the program.
There are also Indigenous games hosted at Lady Grey, and in the spring there will be mountain biking and hiking in the community added to the roster of potential choices for students to participate in.