Year 8’s mission was to design a short PE lesson and deliver it to their peers, explaining each exercise, what the exercise was looking to develop and why it was relevant to their sport.
Mr Hanley, Head of Boys Sport, said: “As the children move up into the senior years at Westbourne House, it’s important that they start to understand the finer details of the sports they play. Year 8 were asked to identify the aspects of fitness needed for our four major winter sports at Westbourne House School and they soon found that there is a big overlap. Agility, speed, strength and stamina, to name a few, were all things identified as important aspects of fitness for our key games.
Designing their own lessons gave the children an opportunity to be creative, but also reflect on things that they have been taught both in and out of school over the years. Plus, it gave them all a chance to see what it’s like being a teacher! Some even had a go at trying to differentiate their lessons! It was really good to see how much thought they put into what they were doing. We have some budding teachers/sports coaches for the future!”
One Year 8 pupil said: “It was really fun to make up your own activity. I learnt you’ve got to be really organised to take a lesson and know beforehand what you want to do.”
At Westbourne House School, our Year 5-8 pupils have an hour of sport every day and many of our pupils also play for sports clubs in West Sussex and Hampshire in all our major sports: football, rugby, netball, hockey, cricket and athletics.