Finally, some normality in the PE world!
We’ve been able to resume a more normal approach to PE, which I am sure has been very much enjoyed by the students.
Primary: We began the term by learning Ultimate Frisbee. We were blessed, as we had many weeks with next to no wind and quite sunny conditions, which made learning to the throw much easier. The students absolutely loved the game and I was very impressed with the progress many made with the game and the skills involved.
The second half of the term was a soccer focus. Last year we looked at AFL, and the in-between year is a soccer focus. In general, interest in soccer was quite high. This made for some very competitive, but generally very fair games. We built-up to two games being played simultaneously, which meant students had to learn how to umpire themselves. This was a great learning experience with sportsmanship and problem solving, as we all know how much we disagree with umpiring decisions at times. PE can be a fantastic we to teach resilience, even when in the heat of battle.
JP: Have had a big term focusing on their kicking skills. We began the term with soccer. Students, first need to master kicking a soccer ball, particularly on the run, in order to have the fundamentals to transfer to kicking an AFL football. After spending the first half of the term on soccer, learning the kicking skills and playing the game, I was then confident enough to move to AFL.
By far the big focus for me was all the components needed in order to kick an AFL football, it is by no means an easy skill to master. We played many games focused around developing kicking and handballing skills. When consulting with the students, many felt they were happy with the improvements in their kicking.
Primary and JP: The big focus for the term will be tennis. We have yet to complete a net sport over the two year band. I am currently working with Mikal to have some Hotshots courts created, as we already have the nets and gear.
The JP’s will work on tennis for anywhere up to 5 weeks. However, I expect the primaries to transition to either softball/baseball/t-ball or volleyball by around Week 4. Afterwich, we will finish the year with some fun games.