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Weekly Sporting Issues

Starter – Engagement Patterns in Sport

Take a look at a popular sporting website such as https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport On the homepage, which social groups are well represented? Which social groups do not appear as often? Discuss how the media can impact participation levels in sport. Now take a look at the Sport England website – https://www.sportengland.org/ Name three initiatives that Sport England have put …

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GCSE PE Practical Moderation – Tips & Tricks

Perhaps the most important day of the year on the Physical Education department calendar – Practical Moderation. Known to give many teachers and pupils sleepless nights, this day can define pupil grades and shape teacher performance reviews. Needless to say, it is important to get it right. We have come up with a number of …

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GCSE PE – How do the exam boards differ?

As PE teachers we can be forgiven for sticking with the same GCSE PE exam board year upon year. Changing boards requires learning new content, adapting theoretical and practical structures and obtaining or creating new resources. But how different are the exam boards? Are you using the exam board best suited to the pupils at …

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GCSE PE – Team Theory or Team Practical?

Team Theory or Team Practical? The new GCSE PE specification is now in its third year of teaching, having gone through its first exam period in the summer of 2018. Now that teachers have gone through a complete teaching cycle, perhaps it is time to reflect on the changes that have been made and decide …

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The PE Classroom – What are we all about?

The PE Classroom – http://www.thepeclassroom.com Why was The PE Classroom created? As teachers we all wish we had more of it. Without it we cannot put our pupils first and cannot continue to develop our teaching and lesson delivery. We wish we didn’t have to waste so much of it with administrative and menial tasks. …

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Dietary Requirements of Athletes

This week’s starter looks at the different dietary requirements required by athletes from certain sports. After watching the videos in the resource below, can you decide what and when each performer should be eating? Each week we post ‘Starter activities’ for pupils to discuss and debate during lessons. The content will always link to GCSE …

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Mickleson in a Mood at the US Open

Phil Mickelson caused controversy this week as he chose to deliberately hit a moving ball at the US Open. The video above shows this controversial act and the video below shows Mickelson trying to defend his actions: Deviance? Gamesmanship? A player taking advantage of the rules or completely disrespecting the sport and the occasion? Lots …

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Weekly Starter – Concussion in Rugby Union

Our starter activity this week looks at the danger of concussion in Rugby Union. England captain Dylan Hartley has recently been ruled out until next season with a serious concussion injury. After watching the video (above) try to answer the following questions: What symptoms could Dylan Hartley be suffering from? How would he be assessed …

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Weekly Starter – Is Marathon Running Bad for You?

In a week which saw Mo Farah set the British marathon record, we look at the consideration as to whether marathon running is good or bad for you. Further to watching this video, go to the following link to find a news article from the BBC News website which discusses both the pros and cons …

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Weekly Starter – How Amsterdam is Tackling Childhood Obesity

This video shows how Amsterdam is focusing on exercise and diet in order to tackle childhood obesity. In small groups, come up with reasons…. How can a drop in childhood obesity help individual children (e.g. what are some of the problems they could avoid)? Can Amsterdam benefit as a city from putting money into tackling …

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Weekly Starter – Formula 1: Russian GP wants to bring back ‘grid girls’ for race in September

‘Grid girls’ should be brought back for the Russian GP because “our girls are the most beautiful”, says the country’s F1 organiser. Source: Formula 1: Russian GP wants to bring back ‘grid girls’ for race in September ‘Grid girls’ were only removed from F1 a short while ago yet there are many people who believe …

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