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On behalf of Chance Camp and Wright Sport
Services we would like to wish all our schools, community groups
and families a huge Happy Christmas and all the best for a
healthy and sporty 2018.
As we get closer to the end of term, we're
putting the skills we've been developing into competitions. At
Silloth, Year 5/6 competed in mini Wimbledon tournaments. Some
excellent close matches were played with lots of team points won
by the children for their sports day teams.
This week we have had a big focus on combining movements in gymnastics and the triple jump from Sports Hall Athletics. It's fantastic to see the active children who easily connect these movements, e.g. hop, skip and jump for triple jump and within this compete against themselves to increase distance with efficiently and effective technique, good form that results in desired outcome (Most Optimal). However at the other end of this scale is the (Least Optimal) inefficiently ineffective, poor form that does not result in desired outcome.
Physical Living, Health- First Fitness. "Natural Movement
Doesn't Come Naturally: You Weren't Born Perfect"
We will continue to try and motivate and
inspire the children that efficient and effective technique
across a range of movements will be attained if they are
prepared to participate and practise regularly.
Another brilliant week showing all
skills needed for Sports Hall Athletics and looking to gain
the right technique to gain the extra advantage in each
event. Running and hurdling was the main focus this week as
it isn't often developed from a young age. Not developing
these techniques can lead to poor times in races and in
increased likelihood of injury. This is backed up in an
article by Wendy Shroeder and Marie-Catherine Bruno and this
is what they say:
I also attended an early Christmas fair
at Fairfield Junior School with lots of different stalls and
games to chose from to win prizes. I set up an archery
activity and a bean bag toss challenge to promote Chance
Camp, testing the children's skills and giving their parents
some respite from the sugar filled kids after raiding the
candy floss machine. it was great to see so many kids trying
something new that they would never really have tried
before. The challenge was simple, you had 2 chances to send
three arrows at 2 targets, with the furthest target scoring
double and scoring the highest. 56 kids tried their hardest
and showed some great skills and plenty of improvements
after 6 arrows. The winners will be handed a medal in school
during this week.
In this week's athletics P.E. lessons,
the children at Dean and Flimby worked hard to improve their
triple jump technique. We began the lesson by completing a
series of exercises to increase leg strength before
completing some drills to get used to the coordination
required to perform the jump.
This week has been all about competition in
my professional delivery and volunteer role as Head Coach of
Cockermouth RUFC. With competition brings the challenges a lot
of us desire but also the feeling of 'pressure'. After my team
lost at the weekend to Wigton in the county cup I have been
doing some reading around pressure and will explain my review of
Another brilliant week after coaching
my Fairfield hockey team. I heard they had two teams
competing with one winning the whole tournament and the
other finishing 3rd out of all of the Cockermouth and
surrounding area schools!! Well done to those guys!!
Super week with some outstanding
performances in all of my schools. At Dean and Flimby the
children's athletics events are coming on really well. This
week we were developing leg strength to compete in long and
triple jump events. It was great to see the children
remember the previous week's sprinting technique when
performing the run up, which meant some huge distances were
jumped - some further than my attempts!
Why is movement being neglected?
We are currently asking the children to run
for 2 minutes at the end of some lessons, its fantastic to see
the active kids wiz round the course but I am worried about the
motion levels a lot of our children undertake, car to school,
sit at a table and desk, car home, floor, sofa etc for TV/social
media/computer. Lets make sure we don't forget where we came
from and why were given feet!!!
Another smashing week of delivery in my primary schools. In this week's tennis lessons, the children recapped last week's skills, playing forehand shots in a series of different games. We also started to develop our backhand shots, learning the technique to be able to hit the ball over the net.
In our athletics lessons in Dean and
Flimby, we continued with our sprinting. This week we were
looking at our lower body technique followed by races and
Another brilliant week of sport in
schools this week. Lots of promising skills shown with
different ideas and rules changed during games when allowed.
Even better on Friday was seeing the improvement of
Fairfield School's netball team preparing for the second
stage of their up and coming competition. After having so
much practice I can see major improvements in technique and
Judy Murray calls for children to be
given "physical education homework" as a report from the
fitness industry body Ukactive warns of a sharp decline in
pupils' fitness levels.
This week I have introduced a new coach to
the business, Amy Lawless who has recently completed her
Physical Education degree, Level 2 Multi Skills and Physical
Development course and work experience with Leeds Rhinos
Community Team. During this half term she will be on trial with
me whilst leading session in gymnastics and sports hall
athletics under my observation. I look forward to hopefully
welcoming into our workforce.
Great to be back in my schools after a
week of Chance Camp. This week I started my new block SSP
schools teaching tennis. With it being the first week we
were developing technique and control on the forehand shot.
Brilliant week back at school for half
term 2 with a new session added to my week. Working with
reception children at Fairfield school for the first time,
it was brilliant to see how excited they were for a new
lesson. We are using a new activities pack from the Youth
Sports Trust to teach and explore new ideas for Key Stage 1
This week was a great opportunity to work
with a range of children from different ages 4 to 12, different
abilities and in different weather conditions.
This week at Chance Camp I focused on
developing the children's striking skills through tennis
activities. We played lots of activities and games that were
designed to improve the group's forehand, backhand and
rallying skills. It was great to see all of the children
improve and develop their technique as the week progressed
and being able to compete at a high standard in competitions
at the end of the week.
After reading through articles I came
across this question: "Can skills crossover between
different sports and activities that seem to have no link
whatsoever?" My answer to this is "Yes!!"
Smashing last week of P.E. in my schools
before October half term. This week all of my schools were
putting the skills they've been developing into intra-school
competitions. Dean and Flimby Primary Schools competed in High 5
Netball matches, Silloth Primary in a mini-Olympics whilst my
Allerdale SSP schools competed in mini-Wimbledon tournaments. It
was great to see lots of impressive performances, with loads of
children showing that their skills have developed and improved
from the term's P.E. lessons. Well done everyone
Wow the last week flew in, Competition week!
Victoria Junior School year 3 have partaken
in an intra-class competition and were given the chance to
showcase their skills in a game scenario. All teachers were then
told of the winners of each class to gain a small reward for
Fixed v Growth Mindset
Taking time to observe the way we
teach, the environment we create is so important.
After a hectic week due to bad weather
conditions, all sessions went fantastic with much enthusiasm
shown. As we move into week 5 of High 5 Netball in Victoria
Junior School, lots of improvements were shown in year 3 who
will now be equipped to play in the intra school competition
next week. Across at Fairfield Primary School I am enjoying
preparing them for their up and coming hockey competition,
plenty of talent on show and a willingness to compete to win
is really progressing the lessons.
As well as delivering P.E. all year round
at Silloth, Dean and Flimby primary schools, I also deliver
tennis lessons to Allerdale schools as part of the School Games.
Throughout this half term we have been developing coordination/
striking skills that allows the children to improve their
technique when playing forehands, backhands, volleys and serves.
We will finish off next week with mini Wimbledon tournaments,
giving the children the opportunity to put the skills learned
We also adapt our lessons so the more gifted children compete in more difficult activities and less able children compete in different activities more suitable to their level. This allows all children to experience success and progression in their P.E. lessons.
Importance of Play
Another great week of P.E. with the
children in Dean and Flimby making excellent progress in
High 5 Netball. This week we continued with passing and
moving into space but also finding strategies to get
This half term I have worked in
Fairfield Primary, Flimby Primary and Broughton Primary
undertaking playtime leadership training. This is an
excellent scheme which gives Year 5 & 6 pupils the
opportunity to develop their confidence, understanding and
ability to deliver activities to children at lunchtimes
covering skill challenges, fitness, games and creativity.
Super week teaching, visiting Dean and
Flimby delivering High 5 Netball to KS2. This week we were
developing our throwing and catching skills whilst moving
into spaces. I also visited Silloth Primary School where
we've been focusing on indoor athletics. This week we were
developing our technique when throwing a javelin to get
For this academic year Fairfield Primary
School are using my coaching to prepare selected children for up
coming competitions. This week my focus was game specifics,
coaching the positions, player restrictions, body movements and
game based learning. There was lots of competition for places
and the selection process has been hard due to good quality all
round play and the efforts from each individual.
As we get further into the High 5 Netball
scheme of work, the focus of learning through play has become the
focus. We have developed sessions this year which put playing games,
with the children leading on rules at the heart of the sessions.
Many children are switched off by limited drills but use play/games
with the same teaching points and the class becomes a lively hive of
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