Year 4/5/6 Able & Talented Multiskill Academy - Session 3
Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:25
Date: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Venue: Northampton Academy
Year 4 Participation: 18 pupils
Year 5 participation: 10 pupil
Year 6 participation: 9 pupils
Activity 1: 'Design a Game'
Teacher in Charge: Natalie
Pupils were introduced to the concept of the STEP Principle; a simple process used to aid young leaders/people to deliver simple and effective activity sessions. The pupils were split into 6 groups of 6 pupils and given an assortment of equipment – the pupils were asked to work as a team to devise a game using the equipment they had been given. There were some great games developed. The pupils were further challenged to amend their games to make them easier and harder – there were again some great ideas developed in each group.
Multi-Ability Cogs: Social, Cognitive & Creative
Activity 2: Tri-Golf or Netball
Teacher in charge: Tri-Golf: Andy Cavill & Netball: Judy Stone
Tri-Golf: Pupils were introduced to the putting and chipping strokes. The strokes were progressed through a variety of games and activities, before the pupils were split into groups and given task cards. The task cards were taken from the School Games competition format and the pupils were asked to refer to the cards and set up the equipment accordingly, and understand the rules surrounding the task. Each group had to present their station, whilst the other groups had the opportunity to compete (Team Natalie v's Team Andy). Each group did a great job setting up each station whilst the appointed leader did an exceptional job explaining the task in hand. The session was enjoyed by all. Special mention to Team Andy who won the competition 3-1!
Multi-Ability Cogs: Personal, Cognitive & Physical
Netball: The purpose of this session wasn't to just play games of netball, but to break the game down and explore the skill components of the games; footings, types of passes, defending, attacking. The session was a delivered at a really high pace and the pupils covered an awful amount in a 2 hour period. The style of delivery involved a lot of group work, taking roles in leading tasks by feeding balls and organising groups during mini tasks. One of the groups moved away from using a netball to use a Rugby ball to demonstrate that it doesn't matter what the shape of the ball is the same game principle can still be applied. Both groups worked really hard in this session and gained a lot from it. Pupils need to continue to reflect on this session and determine what other sports and activities they can now be applied to.
Multi-Ability Cogs: Physical, Cognitive, Social
Activity 3: Multi-ability Circuits & Lacrosse or Netball
Teacher in charge: Multi-abilities/Lacrosse: Steve Jones & Netball: Judy Stone
Netball: As above
Multi-abilities & Lacrosse: During the afternoon session of the Able & Talented Day, 18 pupils created their own Grand Prix Circuit Warm-Up that included a variety of exercises taken from the Create Development FUNS cards (realPE). Firstly, the children designed and laid out a 200 metre track using flat cones that incorporated a series of twists and turns to create some variety whilst moving. Then in teams of 3, they were asked to make up one of their own conditioning exercises from the 12 ABC themes-Agility, Balance & Coordination taken from realPE. This was then integrated into the GP Circuit at regular intervals around the track providing challenge to runners as the progressed around the circuit. Very little information was provided by the Instructor and the pupils were expected to use the following multi-ability skills (MA's) to fulfil the task; Creative, Cognitive, Personal and Social
Each group then demonstrated and explained the exercise to the rest of the group. It is clear that these MA skills are well developed in most of the group with some taking more leadership responsibility than others. The other half of the group would be invited to practice the GP Circuit at the end of the day.
The rest of the 2 hour session was taken up introducing the alternative sport of Lacrosse. Pupils were asked to practice passing/receiving and shooting skills before playing an adapted game. Teams were asked to consider creating space (aliens) and avoiding bunching (bananas) during the game-themes replicated throughout all 'invasion' games. The game was conditioned to ensure that most players were involved in the game but inevitably the older year groups had a distinct advantage.
Multi-Ability Cogs: Physical, Creative, Cognitive & Social
Despite the smaller numbers attending today's session, the pupils worked at very high pace throughout the day and no one could fault their determination and enthusiasm to succeed despite probably becoming quite tired by the end of the day. It is important that the pupils continue to reflect on what they learn at each session and they start to consider where else, in a sports environment, they would be able to transfer the skills they learn during the Able & Talented Multiskills sessions.