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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by smq, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. smq



    Our school has recently been extended with the introduction of a new upper school building and a larger playground area. I am wondering if anyone knows of any outside agencies who could come and speak to the children regarding new ways to use traditional playground equipment. For example, different ways to use hoola hoops, etc. The focus is to encourage the children to play together as a team (reinforcing a recent pastoral push on good behaviour) and to utilise the equipment we already have, whilst we wait for our playground to be developed.
    If anyone has any ideas it would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks :)
  2. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    Er...Your PE staff?
  3. smq


    Thanks for your suggestion Karvol, but if it was that easy I wouldn't have posted the enquiry!
  4. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    Well... If they cannot guide your students on how to play group games and use sports equipment then I think you have bigger problems on your plate than deciding what to with a playground.
    PE staff are specialists in this type of teaching.
  5. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Jesus Christ! Unbeliveable post to be honest.
    Methinks your selection policy on staff needs a complete overhaul. A children friendly teacher would know from their own experience how to give the kids ideas and inspire them in the playground. In my last school two members of staff would simply hide under the shade of a tree and avoid interaction with kids. Quite frankly that sort of attitude is shameful and they should seek another career if they see playground duty as not part of their commitment and can't turn it into a beneficial exercise.
  6. cityfree

    cityfree New commenter

    I wanted to explain 40-40 out to the kids at lunch today but couldn't remember all the rules. Any ideas what they are? I'd like to tell them about it next week.
  7. smq


    Can I please clarify, this is NOT due to the fact that teachers are not interacting with the children and I find it offensive that this is the assumption you came to. Quite the contrary. What I am trying to do, is provide the children with examples of how to use traditional playground equipment in a variety of different ways, while we wait for our playground to be developed. They have hoola hoops, etc, but I am trying to think of OTHER ways the children can utilise the equipment. They are heavily involved in the re-development of THEIR playground, but this is not going to be completed until the summer term.

  8. silverfern

    silverfern New commenter

  9. silverfern

    silverfern New commenter

  10. I presumed this is posted on the Phys. Ed. thread, too.
    Our boys play football and the girls play 'tic' and other stuff.
    They also get two double periods of PE a week and their break is, to a great extent, there's to do as they please.
    Is hop skotch still allowed? What about skipping (the long rope version) which can involve quite a few children. Or am I living in the past?
    I've never actually seen this question before!

  11. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Grow up man!
  12. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    Why not teach British Bulldog (or whatever pseudonym it goes by nowadays). I hear it's regaining popularity in some schools back home.
    I do agree with some posters, it does seem a post based on getting other people to do your work; a decent staff would have the ability to teach the kids some playground games.
  13. smq


    Hmmm, that's mature.
  14. It's a break! Is this a new initiative, to 'teach' the kids at break time? Sod that, break duties are to make sure the children are behaving, playing nicely and not fighting.
    And coffee.
    To the OP, I reckon if you Googled 'playground games old and new' or something like that, you would end up with a barrel load of ideas.

  15. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    I did, and you're right!
    One that we have introduced in our school is '4 square' the kids are hooked. we have even had courts (a square divided into 4 believe it or not!) painted onto the ground at litle cost. We can't get the kids off them.
    I have to agree with others thought that this should be something easy enough to find out for yourself (unlike others I don't think it should just be the remit of the PE staff)
    Have fun!
  16. Hi

    I had an excellent workshop company come into our school to teach children loads of new games for the playground. They were traditional games for the playground, but they also had a focus on positive playground behaviour and playing together as a team. The children love the games and use them all the time. The company was called Replay Education Services. Try their website www.replayeducation.co.uk
  17. Are you sure they came into your school and you don't actually work for the company? All your posts are about this company.
  18. ooh, that's a good spot.
    She Caught the Katy?

  19. qualiteacher

    qualiteacher New commenter

    A lot of schools in England have play leaders - a group of year 5 or six children that they 'train' up in a variety of playground games and activities. The children might wear a special hat or a sash or something and then every playtime they are expected to lead the younger children and keep them occupied. They could also have a 'buddy bench' where children could go and sit if they wanted someone to play with. The play leaders would then find them a friend.
  20. Oh dear I'm really sorry it looked like that! I'm actually a passionate Year 3 teacher and SENCo and have used this company a few times at school. All the posts I replied to sounded like this company would be a good option for them. I wanted to pass on the information about them as they have helped our school a lot and I know they are a small company. My husband currently works for a small building firm and unfortunately I know too well how much small businesses are struggling during these hard times. Therefore, I have got into the habit of recommending smaller companies that I have used and like in both my working and personal life. People often ask me jokingly if I work on commission as I tend to be quite passionate about things! For example I just bought some new memory foam pillows I can't stop raving on about! (I won't give the company name this time incase you think I'm working for them too!! But also, they are a large company and they definitely don't need any endorsements!) P.S. not all my posts are about this company!

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