Monthly Archives: November 2014

Peer Assessment: Do your pupils know what it is?

We all regularly talk to our pupils about Peer Assessment – but do they actually understand what we mean, and what Peer Assessment actually is? Ever the sceptic I asked a few pupils and was met with some puzzled faces… Luckily Comic Life saved the day.

Anyway this poster has been very popular with my followers on twitter so hopefully it can help your pupils to understand Peer Assessment too:

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Continuous Training: Stadium Race

Right this one takes a bit of effort to prepare but once it’s done you can use it over and over with all classes (like I have!).

I had been trying to think of an idea that would engage my year 9 boys class in our fitness module so came up with the stadium race.  I plotted our school and some local football teams (Walsall, West Brom, Birmingham and Aston Villa) onto a Google maps printout using Photoshop.  Each line is numbered at every mile and the printout is placed onto a pinboard. As the pupils run/row/cycle on the CV machines they move their pin along the map towards whichever stadium they choose.

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A basic guide to Handball & EHA Framework for Schools Handball

If your not teaching Team Handball at your school yet, you need to rethink your game plan.  I first started playing at University out of curiosity and despite initially not knowing much about it, was instantly  hooked. A fast moving and surprisingly physical game labelled by the EHA as the fastest team game in the world.

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The Chocolate Bar Calorie Challenge

The chocolate bar challenge is a great calorie counting lesson for use in a school fitness suite. The pupils choose a chocolate bar from the back of the worksheet, and then try to burn off the corresponding amount of calories throughout the lesson.  MAP are encouraged to choose the higher calorie chocolate bars and LAP are encouraged to choose a lower calorie bar which will still challenge them.

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Football Leadership Task Card

These task cards were used successfully in year 9 lesson, most of the pupils are very capable footballers so it made sense to push them further by adding in a leadership element.

Split group into 4 teams of 5 assigning one lead learner. The group reads the task card and sets up the drill, once the drill is set up the leader guides the group through it and provides feedback. The card includes progressions for more able groups.  After 5 minutes the groups rotate to the next drill, however the lead learner stays at their drill and teaches the next group to arrive there.

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The Warm Up Menu

A nice quick warm up that pupils can complete independently allowing you some time to write up objectives, gather equipment. Pupils simply choose a starter, a main and a desert and warm themselves up.  Based on the Nandos menu, it has 2 chilli levels to allow for differentiation, MAP are encouraged to choose the ‘hotter’ tasks while LAP can choose the ‘cooler’ tasks.

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