Carol Hawman Freelance writer/ trainer; author of A Guide to the Whole School Games
A Guide to the Whole School Games • Using the School Games to raise achievement across the curriculum • Today’s session will focus on: • Using the School Games to inspire learning • National School Games curriculum competitions • Level 1 and 2 curriculum competitions
Using the School Games to inspire learning • A Guide to the Whole School Games covers: • Stimulus/ context for learning in other curriculum areas or through cross-curricular projects • Opportunity to explore the values that underpin attitudes to learning, e.g. self-belief, respect • Opportunity to develop learners’ wider skills by taking on different roles, e.g. announcer, reporter, match analyst
Learning in other curriculum areas • Starter ideas from the guide: • English – writing and speaking: write and present an athletes’ oath • Maths – space and measures: measure and draw a plan of a venue • MFL – vocabulary: produce signs in different languages • Cross-curricular: develop a proposal to attract funding for next year’s event
TASK 1 • Mix and match the cards on your table to create starter ideas for schools to use the School Games as a stimulus or context for learning. • School Games element • Curriculum area • Age group • Before/ during/ after the event labels
EXAMPLE The Berkshire School Games local organising committee produced a booklet of values-related challenges to inspire cross-curricular learning in local primary and secondary schools. A number of these were directly related to the Berkshire School Games. For example, learners were challenged to design stickers, a logo and a mascot, with the winning designs produced for use at the level 3 Games. Using the Olympic truce as a basis, learners also wrote a School Games truce, which was read at the opening ceremony. The booklet included other ideas for subject-specific challenges.
National School Games curriculum competitions • Three strands: • Reporting and creative media, e.g. sports reports, photo journalism, commentary • Music, visual and performing arts, e.g. dance, song, sculpture • Sports analysis and technology, e.g. match report including statistics, kit, equipment • Two categories for each strand: KS2-3 and KS4-5 • Weighting for focus on School Games events/ values • Make Waves website: www.makewav.es/schoolgames • National entries submitted by 31st March 2013
TASK 2 • Use the level 1 and 2 curriculum competitions starter ideas from the guide as a base. Discuss how you might: • Adapt the ideas to suit your local schools • Advocate and promote the competitions to your schools • Implement the competitions in your area (if appropriate)
EXAMPLE • SASP has launched county-wide competitions for: • commentators – providing commentary on a School Games event • sports films – capturing a School Games event and the Spirit of the Games values • music – creating a composition inspired by and communicating the values • sports photographs – taking five to six photos linked to a School Games event • sports reporters – producing a 500 word account of a School Games event • There are categories for KS2-5. Schools hold their own selection process; each school winner competes in the county event.
Next steps • Keep checking the YST website for the online e-book: A Guide to the Whole School Games • Promote the session at the Raising Achievement events: Using Competition to Raise Achievement • Encourage schools to compete in level 1 and 2 curriculum competitions as a step towards the national competition
Raising Achievement events • South east: 6th November – Lingfield Park • South: 7th November – Newbury racecourse • North east: 8th November – Sedgefield racecourse • East midlands: 15th November – Nottingham racecourse • London: 20th November – The Oval • South west: 21st November – Exeter Chiefs • West midlands: 22nd November – Worcester racecourse • East: 29th November – Homerton Conference Centre • North west: 4th December – Haydock Park • Yorkshire: 5th December – Doncaster racecourse • To register visit: http://www.youthsporttrust.org/events-awards/events/raising-achievement-conferences.aspx