A daily blog by a coach for the coach
Making Wednesday worth it!
It was another day, another breakfast club session visiting the lovely staff and pupils of St Mary’s, as much as this session is about the children being ready for the school day ahead, this session each morning is such a fulfilling thing for me to do personally, knowing that the children enjoy seeing me first thing everyday is something that never fails to fill me with immense pride!
Today, the idea for our breakfast club was to see if as group the children can work together in a game of 'Tower Rush' this is a game that is good for a group first thing in the morning because it gets them thinking straight away. This was played to an excellent tempo considering it is early morning. It was played in good spirits and set the children up for the day perfectly.
Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon, we travel to visit the wonderful staff and children of Bursar Primary School which never fails to disappoint!
This term we are delivering 3 different PE sessions to the pupils of Bursar: Ball Games, Dance: Jazz and Circuits, for Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 respectively.
For me personally Ball Games and Circuits are something that aren't alien to me personally as a coach and/or PE Teacher. But Jazz themed dance is a new one for me but I'm determined to have learnt a great deal (from teaching these sessions) and from the children that might have dance backgrounds by the end of the term.
But before each session we deliver a lunch time club for the children that consists of a different sports activity most days, so today for example we delivered a game of dodge ball, inside. This is always a very exciting one for the kids because its high energy and an energy burner. Another example of a game being played in good spirits without any disagreements from anyone involved.
The lesson began with a group recap for the first 5-10 minutes. I wanted to know if there was aspects of last weeks session that the children remembered and not to my surprise, there was plenty. All of the questions i asked them were answered with a degree of knowledge behind it, which as a coach and/or teacher is always a great thing to hear/see.
We then had a go at practicing the movements we did last week. We broke each step into two and decided to focus on the 'heel and toe' steps. The idea of recapping this was to just ensure that we all grasped the idea of what we are trying to achieve by making the movements/dances more advanced.
The most pleasing thing to see was that the children that were able to do it to a good standard took it upon themselves to help classmates of theirs that were struggling with the task slightly whilst i was elsewhere in the hall.
Next week we will do further recap and the idea of this is to ensure that all the children in each group can complete the task with relative ease and the ones that can't will be supported throughout.
The next daily update will feature Friday of the same week, in which we are in the same two schools but the lessons are slightly different, stay tuned as this will go live at either some point over the weekend or Monday morning(27/11/23)
(Each post will end with a daily affirmation, whether it be an inspirational quote or a coaching tip either from myself or one that i have received in the past)
“Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall. Don't turn around and give up. Figure out out to climb over it, go through it or work around it”