Michael McPherson

Dr. W. A. MacLeod Consolidated School

6193 Trafalgar Road, Riverton

RR#1 Stellarton, N.S. B0K 1S0

Tel: (902) 755-8450 , Fax: (902) 755-8455


Communication Plan 2018– 2019

P-8 Physical Education

Michael A. McPherson



Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s):


Throughout the year, the students will work towards certain goals based on the provincial Physical Education curriculum outcomes for Grades Primary to Eight. The most important part is actually in reaching these goals through the developmental progressions that students will pass through as they grow and develop skills. Three such goals of a Physical Education program are:

  1. Knowing – students develop an understanding or knowledge of various games and the rules associated with each

  2. Doing – by participating in various activities students will experience how a game or activity is properly performed

  3. Valuing – students will understand and appreciate the value of a healthy, active lifestyle (In achieving this, they will need to understand the value of each activity.)

*Each of the previous three goals will be consistently revisited as the class activities change. Also, other goals which may be individually set will hopefully be met as we progress throughout the year.


Teacher Expectations

Students will be expected to:

  • come to class prepared

  • participate

  • show good sportsmanship

  • play fair

  • demonstrate a positive attitude

  • follow all the rules of the gym and active healthy living room

  • respect one another


Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment is the periodic checking of student work or performance by the teacher. Marks may be generated from the assessment of student progress.

Samples of ways student learning will be assessed include:

  • recorded observations

  • observed level of participation

  • performance related tasks

  • checklists

  • peer evaluation/discussions

*Also from time to time, there may be some small assignments and projects to be completed.



Parental interest in the Physical Education program is welcomed. You can discuss your child's progress at any time during the school year.

  • Meet and Greet

  • Home Phone Contact

  • Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Report Cards

  • Other prearranged meetings can be made by calling the school or sending me an e-mail.




Michael A. McPherson

P-8 Physical Education Teacher






(2018 - 2019)


Welcome back students! It is great to be back for another year of Physical Education and extra-curricular activities; especially since I am just returning from illness leave. In gym class the students will be participating in a variety of activites, games, and sports experiences throughout the year focusing on being Active for Life, developing and improving skill and movement concepts, as well as making connections and developing life skills outside of school in the community. There are lots of clubs, teams, and activites to get involved in here at the Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated. Sports that will be starting up right away include: Junior High Boys and Girls Soccer as well as Junior High Cross-Country Running. Grade Six students are reminded that if the sport or activity is not offered at the Elementary Level; then they are more than welcome to sign up for Junior High activities. Students are encouraged to get involved in their school community, so that they make the most of their time here at school; finding a good balance between academics, social, and physically active involvement. 

Yours in Health!

Mr. McPherson




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It is hard to believe that it is October already. We have already moved into our second unit in the Grade 8 curriculum; Soccer. We have been continuing to work on our Fitness levels through the Active Healthy Living Room as well as in the gym through our standard warm up routine as well as the Bleep Test. The students will be given a base line assessment on their planks, sit ups, and push ups this month. They will also be assessed on three of the machines in the Active Healthy Living Room based on their core, arm and shoulder, and leg muscles. Currently, the Grade 8 students are making a 30 minute workout plan with a partner or by themselves which is due October 15th. We will also be discussing and working on SMART Goals this month as well.

The upper elementary students have been working on their frisbee skills and will be moving on to various soccer skills, drills, and games in gym class. They will be focusing on their fitness through daily warm ups, stretching, and cool downs during the month. We will also be dicussing SMART Goals that they could be setting in order to improve their overall health related fitness levels. The Grade 4 students will get a chance to do some mapping and orienteering activities before the days become too cold to be outside. The lower elementary students continue to work on their safe movement skills through various chasing and fleeing games as well as other themed games that require spacial awareness and body control. They will be moving onto various ball handling skills using both their feet and their hands.

I look forward to continuing to work with both the Elementary and Junior High students; getting to know them better so that we can maximize our time together for an abundance of learning and lots of laughs and understanding along the way.


Michael A. McPherson

P - 8 Physical Education 



WOW! Welcome to November


It is hard to believe that we are heading toward the middle of November already. The Elementary students are busy finishing up their ball handling skills with their feet; experiencing various drills, modified games, and team games in Soccer. They have moved on to developing their ball handling skills with their hands as the lower elementary work with bouncing, passing, and rolling of Playground Balls. While our upper elementary students learn dribbling, passing, and shooting skills related to the game of Basketball. Through the various drills, mini games, and team games; the students will see improvement in all three of these skill areas by the time the is unit is done.

The Junior High Students have been busy demonstrating their leg, core, and upper body strength that they have been developing over the past two months in the Active Healthy Living Room and on the Mats. They have been assessed over the past two weeks on the mats with their situps, pushups, and planks as well as in the Active Healthy Living Room with their weighted leg extensions, bench press technique, and their core strength through knee ups or straight leg raises. In the gym, they have started various basketball skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and layups. Students will be challenged over the next two weeks to use these acquired skills in a game setting with opponents pressuring their decision making and pushing the pace of the game. During this time, the Junior High Students will also be assessed on their basketball skills.

Now that the weather is getting colder and wet outside; it is very important that the Junior High Students have a pair of indoor running shoes to wear in both the gym and in the Active Healthy Living Room. Both of these areas are getting quite dirty because of outside footwear. The gym floor can become quite slippery with the extra dirt on it and the Active Healthy Living Room matting is difficult to keep clean because of dirty footwear. Please make the effort to find your son or daughter a pair of new or used indoor footwear to participate in during gym class time. Thanks for your cooperation with this matter.

Yours in Health!

Michael A. McPherson

P -8 Physical Education