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Monday morning blues!

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 focus of our breakfast club session was improving our hand-eye co-ordination with various types of skills. But to warm up we played a very active game of “Can you move like that animal” A game that the children seem to have a laugh and a joke with and it gets us moving from the very start of the session. After various animals were portrayed, some funny, some weirdly impressive.

We moved on to our main activity with was a simple game of catch in a circle. We started off a little in-consistent, perhaps the rustiness from the half term break. But we finally found our rhythm with some excellent displays of throwing and catching in all kinds of acrobatic ways!

The children were then tasked to try and get to a goal of 25 catches in a row, bearing in mind that their previous record was 82 which was done only a few days before the half term break! They absolutely smashed through that goal of 25 and managed to get to 31 catches without it being dropped and would’ve gone further if it wasn’t for a little confusion between two of the children.

We tried our best to get near to our record of 25 but couldn’t seem to get near it under any circumstance, I’m sure given the practice and the patience we will no doubt get passed 100 never mind 82!




Afternoon delight

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, Interpretive 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 Interpretive 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 circuit sessions that was continuous for all year groups.

It involved skills like balancing, accuracy and agility to maximize the energy and concentration output during a short space of time.

Today's afternoon PE lesson was Ball Games with Years 1 and 2 which was an enjoyable one for me personally because there is a lot of freedom with regards to the ball games topic..

In today's lesson we started off with a lesson based on the game of bench-ball. Due to the ages of the children involved I made made certain i explained the rules and skills needed of the game in language that wouldn't be too complex for them. We started with some basic catching skills so I could gauge the ability of the group in that aspect. I then asked the children to tell me as a group how many passes they know/ have learnt in the past, to which they gave some very good answers which filled me with a great deal of confidence that this group would get the hang of this game quicker than I originally thought.

Prior to the lesson, a comment was made by the Teaching Assistant, who helped a lot during the lesson, she said "That was the best PE lesson this class have had all year" The pride that this comment filled me this was immense! Knowing you've made an impact in this line of work, no matter how small or large it is, is always something to be proud of!

The next daily update will feature Wednesday of the same week, in which we are in the same two schools but the lesson are slightly different, stay tuned as this will go live on Thursday night (09/11/23)

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)

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen"


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