Local schools take part in FA Primary Teachers Award

Reds in the Community and the Football Association have been delivering the FA Primary Teachers Award today at Oakwell.

The course is designed to provide a basic introduction to the skills required for teaching a PE lesson for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two pupils.

Working in conjunction with the school curriculum, the programme focuses on engaging children through movement and evasion activities.

The day began with tag and evasion-based games run by the FA’s James Riches alongside Reds in the Community Sports Development Officer Kieron Campbell.

In the afternoon, the participants were encouraged to design and lead their own sessions including passing and competitive games.

Teachers from Queens Road Academy, Penistone St Johns, Highgate Primary Academy and Springwell Community School attended the programme.

Riches gave a greater insight into the programme’s activities and aims.

He said: “The idea is to introduce them to fundamental movement games that they can use with their classes. It looks at how we can manage difference in a group of 30 with mixed ability. We also spent a bit of time talking about how we’d work with teams and more specifically school teams. The feedback that we’re getting from the teachers is that they’re going away with a lot more ideas. They said that we’ve made it fun and never really realised how fun PE can be. And it also just gives them more confidence to go away and try things out.”

One of the aims of the programme is to help participants develop their creativity and generate more engaging PE lessons for children.

Rachel Schofield, teacher at Penistone St John’s, said that the day was a ‘really valuable experience.’

She said: “It’s given me some ideas for games, some ideas for different initiation during a session and ideas for developing skill and technique and ways to put them into games as well. It’s been a really valuable experience. There’s lots of things I can take back, not just to put into football but other areas of PE as well.”