Teaching and learning invasion games through Lacrosse

Trainee PE teachers experienced an alternative version of invasion games now gaining increasing popularity in UK secondary schools.

The game is a non-contact version of lacrosse which uses inexpensive plastic-headed sticks and oversized lacrosse balls. It is particularly suitable for delivering invasion games skills within the PE Curriculum. Continue reading

Learning about mixed-sex team games

Trainee physical education teachers were introduced to the only mixed-sex team game played widely in the Netherlands and Belgium – Korfball.

The game of Korfball is played between teams made up of four male and four female players. The playing court is divided into two equal zones and two players of each sex are placed in each – it can be played indoors or outdoors. Continue reading

Learning more about Tchoukball

Physical education trainee teachers learnt more about a new team game that combines the pace and excitement of handball and volleyball.

The Swiss non-contact invasion game of Tchoukball is played with two ‘frames’ situated at both ends of a playing court. A line runs three meters from the centre of the bottom of the frame around in a semi-circle – this area is known as the ‘forbidden zone’ or more familiarly, the ‘D’. Teams can attack and defend at both ends. Continue reading

Getting to know the Longball Game

PGCE and School Direct Physical Education trainee teachers learnt how to teach Danish Longball as part of their continued professional development and subject knowledge enhancement.

Danish Longball is a hybrid of baseball, dodgeball and cricket. It is a striking and fielding game that requires two teams of equal numbers to compete in a shared area in attacking and defending played over a set period of time. Continue reading

Induction Week Outdoor Adventurous Activities

School of Sport and Service Management students took part in two days of outdoor adventurous activities (OAA), as part of their University of Brighton induction week programme.

150 students took part and included those studying physical education, sport studies, sport and business management and physical education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

On the first day students were split into their courses to carry out navigational exercises or work through a series of team building and trust games. These are designed to integrate them into university life and allow them the chance to get to know new and potentially, life-long friends. Continue reading

Introducing Ultimate Frisbee

Trainee physical education teachers were introduced to a new and innovative team game as part of their subject knowledge enhancement.

Ultimate Frisbee is an exciting, non-contact team sport, played by thousands of children all over the world. It mixes the best features of sports such as soccer, basketball, American football and netball into a demanding game.

Many schools now include Ultimate Frisbee in their PE curriculum as an alternative to more traditional competitive team sports which is far more inclusive and has greater appeal to much wider population of pupils. Continue reading

Trainee PE teachers learn new alternative team game

PGCE and School Direct Physical Education trainee teachers were introduced to a new innovation when they took part in a Rock-it-ball workshop.

The game of VX (previously known as Rock-it-ball) originated in North Yorkshire in 2006. VX is officially a gender-neutral activity and is best described as a hybrid of lacrosse and dodgeball.

The game has recognised singles (three balls), doubles (four balls) and five-a-side (five balls) formats, but player and ball numbers can be changed to suit indoor space and participant numbers. Continue reading

Values-based Pedagogy through Rugby

Trainee teachers of physical education worked with academic members of staff learning more about how to use values-based pedagogy in physical education which has its origins with the University of Brighton’s pioneering Football and Rugby 4 Peace International programmes.

Trainees experienced a range of rugby-related activities and learnt how to adapt the methodology in different contexts and circumstances. The key emphasis of the values-based model is the teaching and practical application of values such as neutrality; equity and inclusion; respect; trust; and responsibility. Continue reading