To help the kindergarten/grade 1 students prepare for their throwing events in Athletics, we set up a game that allowed them to throw different size and weight dodgeballs back and forth across the court. Without giving away too much, we had the students inquire into the most efficient throwing style for each sized ball (the only requirement was that they throw the ball as high and far as they could). Upon initial experimentation, we asked them to describe the different style throws they came up with based on the size and weight of the ball. The inquiry led to the kids identifying three different throwing styles:
Sidearm slinging type throw
Not judging one as better as they other, we had them figure out what throw that they thought was best. Next lesson we will bring the lower body action into the throwing motion and have them inquire into which foot is better to to push off of when they throw. The aim obviously being to get them to identify that you must step with the foot opposite the throwing hand.
The grade 2/3 teachers are currently working on fractions with their students. We will support their efforts in PE by having the students record their results by rounding out to the nearest tenth using fractions where possible. For example, a student was to jump 2.82 meters in long jump, we would have them record it first as that- 2.82m. They would then have to record it again rounding out to the nearest tenth (2.8m). Once they have rounded out they record it like this:
A) 2 meters and 8/10 of a meter
B) 2 meters and 82/100cm
We'll see how it works out, but I think that this is a simple way to help reinforce what they are learning about fractions--Fingers Crossed!!!!!
As part of our Athletics unit, we are aiming to have all the kids ultimately understand that: A) Athletics is a great unit that keeps them active and can challenge them to achieve their personal best; and B) There are numerous ways to improve upon their performance
A quick glance at the aims of each week are as follows:
Week 1- All students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 will do time trials in the 220m, 60m, and the 40m hurdles, as well will have results recorded in high jump, long jump, hammer throw, and rubber chicken throw (a fun alternative to ball throw or javelin).
Each student is given a Record Sheet that is put into their Sportfolio. The students all identify three events that they would like to improve on once all the data has been recorded.
Weeks 2 & 3- The students will be introduced to a number of training drills in running, jumping, and throwing events. They will also be exposed to a variety of fun games and activities that have a specific focus (leaping and bounding, throwing for distance, and sprinting etc.). Once all the training activities and fun games have been introduced to them, they are provided the opportunity to make choices about what they want to do in order to improve. Time management is stressed and we allow the students to inquire into the best ways to practice ensuring that time is used efficiently. A checklist is provided to allow them to record and track which stations they visit. We want them to ultimately aim at being balanced in terms of dividing their time up equally between the fun activities and training activities that have been set up around the field.
Week 4- All students once again do time trials and have a go at the field events with all results recorded on original record sheet. Comparisons can now be made. The majority of students will achieve many personal best results. Great to see the smiles on their faces when the better a personal best!
Week 5- Students take part in the annual Sports Day and to finish off the unit, will do final reflections.
Week 6- Students take part in regional track and field meet at the other big international school in Phnom Penh. (Northbridge)
Note: Certificates provided to each student with Sports day results card pasted to the certificate.
Students choose a favorite event and get their picture taken doing the event (included in Sportfolio)
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