In these challenging times, children's physical and mental health has never been more important. Finding creative ways to help keep children active, whilst maintaining social distancing and following Covid-19 restrictions is one of the current predicaments most schools find themselves in.
So, what on offer?
COMPETITION & AWARDS UPDATES:
- Our partners at Sportshall have created the exciting new Virtual Schools Games Pentathlon. This is the ideal Personal Best Challenge and also a national virtual competition, aimed at connecting young people across the Country.
For further information please visit: https://www.sportshall.org/virtual/school-games-pentathlon. https://www.sportshall.org/virtual/school-games-pentathlon
- England Athletics have been working with the English Schools Athletics Association to update the Personal Improvement Awards These awards will allow every child to measure their own personal improve against a series of athletics standards. This new programme will launch in early 2021.
- Piloting of a New Outdoor Format called 'Super Team'. The concept of Super Teams is that, whichever team and individual(s) improves the most over a series of 3-4 competitions, will be crowned the winners. This competition can also be delivered virtually. If you would like further information on the competition contact: email@example.com
England Athletics has recently moved its Teaching Primary and Secondary Schools Athletics workshops online, to help increase both the speed and ease of accessibility to this training.
These workshops are aimed at qualified and trainee teachers and are packed full of useful teaching tips and ideas. Each workshop is also accompanied by an app-based teaching resource.
The Primary Workshop is delivered over two x 2-hour webinar-based sessions. £50 per person
The Secondary Workshop series includes:
- Three x 2-hours webinar-based workshops covering the topics of, Teaching Running, Jumping or Throwing Events.
Each workshop cost £20 per person.
For more information contact: Teacherfirstname.lastname@example.org
EXTENDED HOURS & DIRECT DELIVERY OFFERS:
Schools and Primary age children can access our new funetics programme.
Funetics is a fun, inclusive programme, created by England Athletics to help 4-11 years old children across the country to learn, practice and develop running, jumping and throwing skills, all year round. When feasible to do so, England Athletics will be looking to deploy Direct Deliverers for the funetics programme to help deliver Schools Extended hours offers.
YOUNG LEADERS: England Athletics has moved it successful Young Leaders Award (Leading Athletics), online to a webinar- based delivery. This workshop is aimed at children 14 years plus and is accompanied by an app-based Athletics Leaders resource.
KEEPING ACTIVE AT HOME: Since March 2020, England Athletics has developed an extensive @Home offer aimed at school aged children wishing to keep active. Multiple online videos and resources have been developed to help children stay active at home. For more info visit: https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/ https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/
We are proposing new additions to our School Games offer for 2021: 'Virtual Competition', 'School Games Values Festival' and 'My Personal Best Skills Challenge'. These are for both Tri-Golf (Primary) and StreetGolf (Secondary). Your expert feedback and input will be most welcome in this development stage.
We are also reviewing our digital content that will support the delivery of our School Games formats which also includes online training for young leaders and volunteers.
Our face-to-face and online courses offer participants the opportunity to learn more about the game and how to deliver safe sessions, whilst also developing knowledge of the rules. Our new Introduction to School Dodgeball Online Course is perfect for those working in school environments (primary teachers, secondary PE teachers, school sport coaches, and school PE subject coordinators). It will introduce the correct rules, equipment and sporting code used in dodgeball as well as educating on how to lead safe sessions and coach the basic skills of the sport. The school specific course pages to help you adapt dodgeball for PE lessons, encouraging effective planning and teaching.
Our CPD workshop, suitable for staff members, and our leaders workshop, suitable for any group aged 7-18, both provide an introduction to the basic skills involved in dodgeball whilst developing an understanding of the rules of the game.
Our Primary School and Secondary School lesson plans provide a comprehensive scheme of work with instructional videos and printable resources to enhance delivery. Designed by PE experts, these lesson plans assist in the creation of a broad and balanced dodgeball PE offer. Dodgeball offers pupils with the chance to not only develop their physical literacy but also develop problem-solving and tactical awareness.
Our online School Monthly Dodgeball Challenge can provide schools with simple challenges to incorporate into their lessons or school days, pupils can still engage with dodgeball when there may be a lack of physical competition. With a new challenge each month, all pupils have the opportunity to excel and compete to win their school exciting prizes.
School Dodgeball Bubble guide (PDF, 48 Kb)
The Virtually Boccia Challenge is free for schools and colleges to access. The deadline for schools and colleges to signup is 3pm on Friday 27th November.
Once you have signed up you will not receive an automated email confirmation, all confirmation emails will be sent following the closing date and you will receive a pack with more details. Please spread the word on social media using #VirtuallyBoccia and get involved! If you have any questions about the Virtually Boccia Challenge or would like to find out more about our other offers, please contact email@example.com.
There will be three rounds, with each round consisting of four activities. If you do not have boccia equipment, then don't panic. The activities can be completed using other PE or home equipment (i.e. tennis balls, bean bags, socks).
- 1st Round – 11th January – 26th February
- 2nd Round – 8th March – 30th April (longer due to Easter holiday)
- 3rd Round – 10th May – 25th June
Virtual Boccia (PDF, 133 Kb)
The idea is for pupils to complete and score the challenges in a similar way to which they would complete a Sports Hall Athletics event. The competition can be delivered as a stand-alone event, or as the culmination of a scheme of work based on teaching each of the skills needed to succeed in the challenges.
Each age group specific resource consists of 3 documents; the skill challenges, the set up describing how each activity should be completed to maintain integrity across schools, and the interactive score card. There are separate tabs on the scorecard to allow you to score either a 5 or 10 challenge competition, so you can either ask pupils to complete 1 activity from each of the stages of difficulty, or all 10 of the challenges.
Cricket- Chance to Shine
Chance to Shine is a national charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. We believe that cricket can help to develop the personal, social and physical skills of the 600,000 children that we work with every year.
Building on our existing Schools Portal, which provides free resources for teachers of all ages from KS1 to 4, currently accessed by over 15,000 teachers across the UK, we will specifically be promoting our brand new content:
- Virtual Cricket Programme (7 x pre-recorded Play sessions, including a 'cricket taster' and an Intra-competition session called 'Confident Cricketer')
- Guidance on a safe return to delivery of cricket in schools, including suggested programme content (https://www.chancetoshine.org/returning-to-cricket-delivery-in-schools) https://www.chancetoshine.org/returning-to-cricket-delivery-in-schools
- 'Be the Spark' Virtual Leadership Programme – 2 brand new interactive virtual courses for pupils aged 11-16, to develop their confidence, creativity, resilience and adaptability.
All programme content is available to be accessed through our Schools Portal - https://teachers.chancetoshine.org/ https://teachers.chancetoshine.org/s/login/?language=en_GB&startURL=%2Fs%2F&ec=302
Through this portal, teachers can register their interest for receiving free cricket coaching within their school during the sign-up process, with requests dealt with by the local County Cricket Board (Chance to Shine's Delivery Partners)
For Primary Schools, Badminton England have provided an extension module to their existing Racket Pack resource, including modified activities and instructions on how to implement social distancing measures during lessons. They have also built in a virtual festival. Their secondary school document pulls out the key information from their Return to Play guide and applies it to the education sector alongside specific adaptations to existing lesson plans and teaching resources to enable delivery with social distancing in place.
British Gymnastics launched the Partner School Programme in 2019 and continues to support teachers to feel confident to deliver high quality gymnastics. The new programme will launch in January 2021, get in touch to discuss information such as cluster- school discounts and how we can support you.
The gymnastics school games format (Key Step) is currently under review and we have spent the last 12 months creating an amended framework. Contact Jess to discuss how to be part of the pilot work and be involved in shaping the roll out of the new competitions.
British Rowing has teamed up with education experts to bring you the brand-new Go Row Indoor Schools programme. The free, online platform includes a library of resources carefully crafted to give teachers everything they need to teach indoor rowing, from basic technique videos and tutorials all the way through to advanced training techniques.
On top of that, all of the programme's free-to-use resources are linked to the Physical Education National Curriculum (2013) and are designed specifically to engage 11-16-year-old schoolchildren throughout the UK, helping them to reach their potential and develop both physically and mentally.
The website also offers a range of resources related directly to the School Games, including sample risk assessments, a variety of British Rowing-designed competition formats and School Games event toolkits ready to download.
For instant access all of these resources alongside many others, simply head to schools.britishrowing.org.