We have practiced throwing with foam javelins as well as with different sized balls and also items of different weights. The teaching points for throwing are:
1. Hold the object in one hand
2. Eyes focuses on a target throughout the throw
3. Stand side on with non-throwing shoulder towards a target
4. Bring the throwing arm back behind the body, swinging it down and backwards in preparation to throw
5.Step toward a target with the foot of non-throwing side (transferring weight from the back foot to the front foot)
6. Hips then shoulders rotate forwards
7. Throwing arm moves forward, releases the object, the follows through in the direction of a target and down across the body
8. It is good practise to raise non-throwing arm and point it in the direction of a target in the preparation phase, then lower it when throwing
We have made great use of the hurdles to help with our jumping skills for athletics. The hurdles we use are low and safe for children to use.
The key teaching points for jumping are:
1. Eyes focused forward or upwards, head up and back straight throughout the jump
2. Crouch with knees bent and arms behind the body
3. Legs forcefully extend and straighten in the air
4. Arms swing forwards and upwards in time with the legs
5. Arms and legs extend as far as possible in the flight phase
6. Land on both feet with no more than one step in any direction to control landing
7. Ankles knees and hips bend on landing to absorb the shock
Children in 4th class using lots of the elements needed for the mastering stage
Elbows bent at 90 degrees
Using our PPSI lesson plans as well as the Fundamental Movement Skills resources and activities,we have been doing a lot of work on our running skills in athletics. The teaching points for running are
1. Hold the head up, stable and eyes looking forward
2. Elbows bent at 90 degress
3. Drive arms backwards and forward vigorously in opposition to the legs
4. High knees lift with the thigh almost parallel to the ground
5. Kick back should be at least 90 degrees
6. Lean slightly forward when accelerating and slightly backwards when slowing down
7. Push off from the ball of the foot and land on the heel of the foot
There are varying levels found between and within classes so each child works on improving their own technique. All skills related to running are taught to children and children are reminded of the different elements frequently.
Classes have completed peer assessment as well as self assessment. This can be achieve even with the junior classes.
We had a blast doing a whole school daily mile as a Santa fun run this year. All the pupils and teachers put on their Christmas jumpers and Christmas hats and took the yard with the Christmas songs blaring for the fun!!