Following the Olympics – Get your Kids involved in Sports

With the Rio Olympics now finished and the Paralympics just getting underway, the BBC campaign ‘Get Inspired’ is trying to encourage children and young people to participate in more sports.
Unfortunately, it seems that the motor skills of today’s children in the UK are below average when compared to some of their other European counterparts. This could spell disaster in sixteen or twenty years time when the children of today are hoping to qualify for an Olympic sport.

A Little Bit of Everything

The primary school years are crucial to a child’s physical, mental and cognitive development. Therefore it is important that any interest in sport is properly encouraged and nurtured if we want to make any headway in getting those Golds at the Olympics. However, sampling a wide range of different sports could help children to develop their movement skills, even if they don’t stick to one particular sport.

Sports don’t just Aid Physical Development

It can also help children understand general tactics, which can easily be transferred from one sport to the other, and psychological skills such as setting goals, or using personal advantages to gain the upper hand. These skills can all be used in different walks of life; not just in training for the Olympics. As teachers, it is our responsibility to give pupils as many opportunities to grow as possible, which is why teaching physical activities, as well as mental activities, are so important.

Top Tips for Easter Themed Classes

Many teachers and teaching assistants will be looking forward to spending the Easter holidays getting caught up on work, or relaxing while their kids get fully into the Easter spirit. While we are waiting for the start of the Easter holidays, why not try some of these fun activities in class?

The Custom Behind Easter

While many children should know about the religious connotations behind the Easter holidays, it is not so commonly spoken about nowadays. Taking some time out to explain the death and re-birth of Jesus Christ could be a fun and educational way of bringing in the Easter Weekend. However, it is important to check with the parents of your pupils before teaching the kids about Easter as the topic itself can sometimes be quite sensitive.

Egg Hunt Maths Questions

maxresdefaultA cracked egg provides two clear halves which make great sides of an equation for younger pupils. You can hand out egg themed worksheets and get the kids to solve the puzzles and colour in the eggs in bright designs. If you like, you can also bring in little fluffy chick toys to hand out as prizes.

The Life Cycle of a Chick

For the older pupils, a bit of science never goes amiss! To commemorate Easter and the start of the spring season, why not show your kids the life cycle of a chick in the egg, as it forms and eventually hatches into a fully-fledged chick?

Whether you’re fully embracing the Easter spirit, or you’re just looking at a way of keeping the kids occupied until the holidays, there are sure to be plenty of themed activities for you to enjoy with your pupils.

Be Engaging and Exciting

At Red Box Teachers we understand how important education is to our children. Children can often resent going to school and hold this resentment throughout their adult education. Therefore, we need to ensure that school is a supportive and fun environment to learn in from the beginning.

fun learningAll children learn at different rates so teachers need to ensure that each level of learning is clear, exciting and engaging. We can often remember more information if we link it to an interesting memory or if we have actively engaged in that memory of learning.

Using a variety of different activities will help you to understand how each child learns and it will also break up the day into more interesting and engaging sections. Try to include stimuli that the children can relate to e.g. a cool cartoon character or a character from a famous book. Creating a story with your lessons lead the children down an action packed journey of fun and learning.

Remember it is not just the end result that counts!