Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Set Engagement Soaring with Ultimate Frisbee

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Set Engagement Soaring with Ultimate Frisbee

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Pupils love playing ultimate frisbee in PE lessons because it is so different from mainstream sports. Some children are crestfallen when they hear we are doing football (again), but frisbee is a sport that all students tend to embrace.

The great thing about ultimate frisbee is that, although it is a sport all of its own, pupils can transfer skills that they have previously learned from basketball and netball. This means their proficiency is high from the very start - and so engagement follows.

Students lead the learning in this lesson. Thirty pupils in a games hall is a tight fit, but split the hall into thirds and it works. The children wear name tags for my benefit, but also for a self-evaluation task at the end.

First, I ask the pupils to explore different ways of catching the frisbee, to find what works best for them. They try catching with two hands, one hand, on the move and so on.

Then we start to play some games. Each team begins with end zones (point-scoring areas) of the same size. Halfway through, I ask the students to suggest ways to make the games more or less challenging for players. …

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