It’s almost that time of year – Sports Day!
Whether you’re a massively sporty person or not, there’s no denying that a good Sports Days gives everyone a bit of a lift at school!
Not only is it a bit of craic but it is a fantastic way to promote healthy habits, build leadership skills, emphasise team work and improve social skills.
The importance of creating opportunities like this is emphasised throughout our popular EPV Summer Course “Fostering Emotional Resilience & Harmony in the Classroom“. Learn more HERE.
A Sports Day is a great day for everyone, as long as the rain stays away right?!
Here are 10 Ideas for Sports Day Activities:
1. 5 Races in 1
Mix up your 50m sprint race. Get your students to move in five different ways. They could run the first 10m, hop the second 10m, skip the third, jump the fourth, and run backwards to the finish line.
2. Hula Hoop Competition
A simple but fun game – simply see who can hula-hoop for the longest.
3. Bucket Head Challenge
4. Scavenger Hunt
This is a great game for students who are good at problem solving and you can easily tie it in with your current topics. Set up a series of clues and puzzles around the school and time each team. The quickest team to get to the finishing point and solve the final riddle wins.
5. Balloon Squeeze
6. Welly Toss
Students must try to throw a wellington boot the furthest.
7. The Potato & Spoon Race
With a potato placed on a spoon, students must run to the finish line, with the potato still on the spoon! No hands!
8. The Long Jump
9. Outdoor Yoga
Include a non-competitive element to the day whilst also incorporating mindfulness and have an outdoor yoga session.
Incorporating these activities into your Sports Day further highlights the value of self-care for children.
This is emphasised throughout our popular EPV Summer Course “Fostering Emotional Resilience & Harmony in the Classroom“. Learn more HERE.
An activity that students love to watch – seeing their teachers as real humans doing real things!
Good luck! Have a fabulous day!
NQT Picnic is a specially designed online event for NQT’s in July 2022.
It is a daunting experience starting your very first teaching position – whether it is subbing or your own post! College seems like a long time ago now and you may be starting to feel a tad nervous.
Following the huge success of NQT Fest & Picnic in 2021, we are delighted to share this special event for NQT’s in July 2022 with you!
Free Resource for Teachers – End of School Year Activities!
What an exciting time of the year! Your main lessons and topics are complete and the pupils are getting excited for their summer holidays. It can be a challenging time to keep pupils engaged in classroom lessons due to exciting events on the horizon like school tours or sports days, so I like to keep things light and fun and still try to ensure the learning is taking place.
Ciara McGuane is the Summer Course Director for Rahoo.ie.
Her career highlights include being filmed by BBC London teaching in the classroom and guest-lecturing at the Institute of Education in London. She has worked as a teacher, school leader, teacher trainer and initial teacher training tutor prior to setting up Rahoo.
This is always a hot topic for teachers and so important to get it right.
Here are some mistakes that teachers have shared with us when they did our EPV Summer Course on Classroom Management with Niamh Byrne, Irish Primary Teacher.
We have dipped in and out of the CPD course to learn what to do instead!
Why do we remember the words of lyrics we haven’t heard in years? Why do some experiences stick in our heads more than others? Something made them memorable!
Make your lessons stick by trying to make some aspect of it different. This could be as simple as playing music (we have played classical music when students were working independently in the past) or hooking them into the lesson with mystery tasks or controversial questions that spark debate.
When planning ask yourself: What can I do to make this lesson memorable?