The final term and a look to the new school year….

This post was written by Martyn Beaumont @cantersno15

The final term saw all my concentration focused purely on my year 10 group. Year 11 have left and the exam completed so I had the time to start pinning down how I can take this group further in to dizzy heights of my expectations.

I have no issue with admitting that I have a slightly weaker practical group this year than I have been used to in previous years and this means I have to ‘find’ the best sports and best roles to suit my pupils. I am well aware of the scores needed to access higher grades on the AQA syllabus overall and will do everything I can (apart from cheat by inflating scores) and try every avenue to try and get every pupil to this score as I am sure a lot of PE teachers do. One aspect that I explored for the first time this year was and something I am going to talk about is the role of athletics organiser.

In its most simplistic form the pupil takes on the role of organising an athletics event from start to finish. One athletics discipline usually a field event involving at least 6 competitors plus a number of officials to help run the event. I was extremely sceptical about this when it was suggested to me but since I have completed it you see many pupils in a very different light, showing skills you did not know they may have possessed. Initially setting this up was also extremely easy and my class of 20 managed to get through it in just over the last 4 weeks of term.

Initial set up

Proposing this to the class was possibly the most difficult aspect for me to get my head around but I found an effective way to get the whole process started. We watched in total 10-15 minutes of the London Olympics field events (plus one track) with the brief of noting down anything that may be useful to the running of a competition. This started off with the very obvious but the more the group watched the less obvious ideas started to come to light. Off the back of this the next task was to create a picture (on A3 in groups) of what a good competition may look like. Some very good ideas proposed, some groups thinking of aspects that even I had not thought of.

I then went on to explain the concept of athletics organiser and we started to look at the AQA organiser template which can be accessed by this link. From here we then did a number roulette to decide places, then put all field events in to a hat (enough to cover the whole class) and pupils pick one that they are going to organise. This initially stops the whole class choosing long jump and copying each other but gets pupils really thinking about the whole event, especially if it is an event they are not comfortable with. Obviously if you were entering pupils for this role you would have them choose an event they are comfortable with but initially this works well.

Quite simply after this pupils are given the rest of the lesson and a homework task over a week to complete their organiser booklets for their own events ready for the competitions to be run over four weeks leading into the end of the term. I managed to complete 3 competitions with all pupils actively engaged in either the competitions as competitors or officials, the set-up, or the overall marking of the competition organiser role. I used two pupils per competition (on rotation) using the AQA assessment criteria (found in the specification) to judge the quality of the overall competition. This had been explained and shown to pupils during the explanation lesson and helped pupils engage with the criteria and take on board good aspects and aspects to work on. Overall this has been a very worthwhile four weeks as those pupils who at times I would not expect to be overall efficient at this type of role proved me wrong and gave me some serious food for thought when thinking about the four disciplines that they will be selecting to do. Just as a summary here are the big things for pupils to concentrate on for the competition:

1. Planning

Make sure the organiser booklet is quality, well planned and very thorough:

– What equipment
– Layout
– Rules
– Timings
– Safety
– Marshalls
– Signposts (saw a pupil do this in a colleagues lesson this year)

(The booklet highlights a lot of this and more)

2. The Welcome

This is an introduction to the competition for competitors and marshalls. Again this needs to be planned and well thought out, good quality detail is key. Competitors need to be briefed but so do marshalls on their roles (in detail)

3. The Competition

Know the competition inside out so it runs smoothly. It does not have to be a bog standard longest jump/throw wins as long as it is run efficiently. I have had pupils have combined total of all jumps wins. Another was a throwing knockout competition with a number of rounds and competitors being knocked out every two rounds as well as various other versions that have all worked well.

4. The Presentation

Similar to the welcome this needs to be well planned, with certificates and thank you to marshalls and more. This needs to be a good end to what has hopefully been an excellent competition

5. Confidence

As long as the pupils deliver with confidence this is half the battle won!!

Lastly looking forward to next year

I finished the last week of term with (god forbid) a full mock exam that the pupils were well aware of. This will allow me to see where my pupils currently are (combined with other aspects) and make planning for the start of September easier. I am currently in the process of marking them but with this in mind going in to September I have decided to take a bit more of an active approach in showing individual pupil progress overall within my classroom (I am not talking about the lessons here) acheter viagra a paris. Essentially I want pupils to know exactly where they are every time they walk in the room and although I would like to think they do already know this I want to clearly show it. I have taken some inspiration from my head of department and a wall display he uses to motivate/track his form group (which are KS4) in regards to their overall GCSE grades performance, we currently use the CAP8+ bonus score.

His wall display is a huge horse racing track with photos of his student on cartoon horses racing each other to a target score/finish line. With this in mind I am going to use a similar approach with my GCSE group but they love football so it we will have a football theme and them racing along a football pitch towards the goal (which will be A*). This will also incorporate the premier league fixture table I use for assessments that I have written about in a previous post. This will be a bit of fun but with a very serious element and hopefully show pupils clearly where they are and what they need to strive for. I will keep you posted on this when it is completed along with a few other ideas I plan to use, especially for the theory aspect.