FEEL GOOD FRIDAY
A daily blog by a coach for the coach
THAT FRIDAY MORNING FEELING
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 get them engaged as quick as possible, we were working in a slightly smaller space due to the school photos taking place in our usual spot. This didn't stop us from putting on a session that involved throwing for accuracy and thinking skills.
The accuracy was tested by a simple game of throwing beanbags into three different sized hoops, the smaller the hoop, the more points it is. The thinking skills were tested by a game of 'head or catch' if you are told to head the ball, you are to catch it and vise versa. This caught a few of the children out, especially first thing in the morning but overall they did really well.
WHAT AN AFTERNOON
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 i decided to test the basketball skills of the children. We did a shooting challenge, each child had 3 turns at a time, if they scored first time they would get 3 points, second time 2 points and third time 1 point. The skill of the people that participated was very good to see and quite refreshing more than anything.
Today's afternoon PE lesson was Circuits. These sessions are always a nice one to finish my week with. This week it was more focused on the warm up aspect of exercise, so we combined the two. As a group we decided to piece together a warm up circuit. I placed a number of mats in a circle with me in the middle. The children were then asked to get in pairs on a mat, the idea was to get two warm up exercises off of each pair and after their time to decide the two they are going to do. We would then go round the circle asking for and completing each pairs exercises. They change I made was that if two groups picked the same exercise we could modify it a little. For example: Two groups picked press ups, I would change one to bur pees to avoid repetition.
Each of the three sessions on Friday afternoon were thoroughly enjoyable and something I'm buzzing to be leading this term, especially with the behavior being as good as it was and it being such a good session to finish the week with.
Thank you for making my Friday afternoon amazing guys!
Something a bit different finish with:
See you soon!!
Remember to Be Great!
(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)
"To maximize the potential of each member the group, you need maximize the time that they're active in a session"
ADVICE THAT WAS GIVEN TO US BY A SPORTS COACH THAT VISITED THE SCHOOL I WAS WORKING AT