Keeping Active during Lockdown

 

Innovation has been the name of the game for our Director of Sport, Mr Powell, during the Autumn Term. 

Global Be Well kicked off the activity this term with its Global Active Challenge. There was a fantastic effort by pupils, teachers and families, to reach the International School Zurich North (ISZN) – virtually! Everyone recorded the distances they travelled between 21 September and 16 October, reaching a grand total of 2292km.

For the rest of the term, with many new restrictions in place and all fixtures being put off until it is safe to do so, Mr Powell has focussed on a number of key elements in PE lessons.  

During the first lockdown, everyone adapted quickly by running online workouts, having numerous skills videos to try at home, and having virtual competitions, both in school and across the whole Cognita Group. However, the second lockdown has been different, with schools remaining open but many restrictions in place. Sadly, there has been no competitive fixtures or swimming lessons due to pools being closed.  

When some pupils had to self isolate, while other stayed at school, we were presented with a new challenge: blended learning with PE. This was a challenge that we met head on, ensuring that pupils who are home are still able to be a part of lessons and are still getting personalised learning – albeit at the other end of a Teams call! 

Our PE lessons returned to a focus on health and fitness, with all year groups taking part in workout sessions on the courts. These were all live streamed via Teams, with those at home also taking part in the same workout. The pupils responded superbly to this challenge – adapting exercises to suit the environment they were in. There was a real sense of enjoyment from the pupils during these sessions – and everyone had the chance to work hard on their fitness levels. 

Our Games sessions posed a different problem – while we coached some football skills at school, our pupils at home couldn’t do this as easily, so we turned our attention to athletics and some fundamental skills linked to the pull and push throw (which saw teddy bears, cushions, red noses, and rolled up pairs of socks used to complete the activity), standing jump and vertical jump. All the pupils at home benefitted from some focused attention, guidance, and advice on how to improve the techniques involved. 

Mr Powell said: “I have to say, I am so proud of the way our pupils have adapted this term – to every new challenge put in their way. Every obstacle has been tackled and overcome – so well done to everyone for your amazing efforts!” 

Rather than our traditional rugby/football or hockey house matches, this term we have had the opportunity to take part in a number of Christmas themed sports challenges as part of our house competition.

This week, pupils from across the school worked hard delivering presents to different houses, throwing snowballs at some targets, collecting vegetables for Christmas dinner and taking them around an obstacle course, completing a reindeer run over hurdles, and showing off some amazing skiing skills jumping from side-to-side on a slalom run.

Well done to everyone involved – it was great fun and the results of the competition will be announced at the end of term!

 

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