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Date: May, 2010 Views: 2057

Raise Your Game 2012

What we wanted to do

Using the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sport Basketball to develop literacy and numeracy across the campus.

The Challenge

Using our Specialist Sports College Status we want to give students across the Canterbury Campus the opportunity to develop key life skills and raise attainment through the medium of sport with a sustainable initiative. In addition, we wanted to give students the opportunity to experience core subject topics across the curriculum through 3 sports events throughout every academic year.

The Canterbury High School and Canterbury Primary School students have been characterised as having:

As a High School we have:

Prior attainment:
Student KS2 APS on entry significantly below the national average

  CHS APS National Av Difference
Year 9 25.0 27.4 -2.4
Year 8 25.1 27.5 -2.5
Year 7 25.4 27.7 -2.3

As a result of this data and information, we felt that providing such an event would give pupils the opportunity to develop:

What we did

Meeting the Challenge

Over the past year we have held several Raise Your Game events to help increase attainment and improve student’s confidence in literacy and numeracy across the campus. On September 30th 2009 we presented our first event for the academic year with our sixth form elite basketball academy run by Kent Crusaders through an English Schools basketball cup fixture.
(An Olympic Sport for the London 2012 Games)

Using our Advanced Skills Teacher in P.E. James Brooke and our Academy manager Jesse Sazant, we were able to work closely with our federated school The Canterbury Primary School and planned a morning session developing literacy skills with year 5 and year 6 students. In the afternoon session, we focussed upon developing numeracy skills with years 5, 6 and 8 students. Our Year 10 BTEC SPORT students also used this opportunity to analyse performance, movement and execution of skills for their Practical Portfolio assignment.
In the morning session, James, Jesse and 4 academy students went into year 5 and 6 classes and presented and facilitated the learning of a literacy task. The students were asked to write a persuasive letter to Troy Bolton from High school musical and persuade him to either choose playing in a basketball match or sing in a musical. During this session, the Basketball academy students had to teach the Primary school students some keywords from the game, connective words to create reasoning behind their decision and present their feelings and emotions as to why someone may choose to play basketball.

It is our aim to make the academy students role models. By using them in classes lower down the school, it is hoped that these students can inspire others, via the medium of sport within the classroom; by taking them for reading or through facilitating their learning.

The Numeracy session was an opportunity for the years 5, 6 and 8 students to see the Basketball academy boys in action and to also give the students the opportunity to experience numerical questions and tasks through real life and the medium of sport.

The Numeracy tasks associated around the game were a great opportunity to develop:

During the game, students looked at gathering data on: the number of successful and unsuccessful passes and shots, percentages of scoring and fouls and simple addition, subtraction and multiplication. The students with the most amount of correct answers were then presented with a signed Basketball shirt from the Kent Crusaders in their school assembly.

What impact did it have for the children involved?

We believe that the impact of ‘Raise Your Game 2012’ and the sustainable initiatives that follow it have contributed to the following:

Our recent OFSTED (October 2008), judged Canterbury High School as our ‘outstanding’ with the Specialism gaining significant praise:

“The sports specialism is evident throughout the school and it is having a very positive impact in terms of improved accommodation and resources, the take-up by students of physical education courses, participation in sport and physical recreation, the development of student self-esteem and good opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and contribute to the wider community.”

Did the work lead to any differences within the school?

What else is happening across the school?

We have been able to create an audit of every subject, detailing how P.E. and sport can be developed and integrated into every subject area to raise attainment and develop key skills for life.

Every P.E. member of staff is working alongside a faculty area and as part of their performance management staff have to ensure that sustainable initiatives and activities are taking place in classrooms.

This has included: rewriting and development of SOW implementing sport specific topics such as health eating, match reports, stats on movement and distance travelled, Understanding of fair play and ethics, developing literacy skills, creating video’s and analysing performance in media studies, fitness testing in Public Services, involving the students in darts leagues in the maths department; writing case studies on the 2012 Olympic Games and the upcoming football world cup in 2010.

This ‘Raise Your Game 2012’ group has united Heads of Department and the P.E. staff across the school and empowered them to all be integral in the direction and impact that our specialism has across the school.

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