Exploration & OAA
Subject Focus: PE. Year: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5 Duration: 4-6 weeks
Central Idea: Effectively solving problems requires communication, trust, and an open mind.
Lines of Inquiry
- Can we solve problems using communication, trust, and an open mind?
- Can we work together to plot coordinates on a map?
- Can you show your team members how a compass works?
- Each person is an individual.
- Reflecting on our experiences helps us to understand ourselves better.
- identify positive thoughts and attitudes in themselves and others
- willingly approach and persevere with new situations
- demonstrate a sense of competence with developmentally appropriate daily tasks and seek support to develop independence.
Responsibility: Students will understand that they have specific responsibilities on a team and in small groups. Problem solving requires communication, therefore they all have a responsibility to communicate their thoughts, ideas, and opinions in a positive manner to help their team achieve success.
Reflection: The students will be asked to reflect upon their own actions and assessment the levels of trust, open-mindedness, and communication they had shown during the adventure challenge games and activities done in class. As well, they had to reflect on their teammates' actions, on a whole, and provide feedback in written and verbal forms.
- Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
- Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
- Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
- Open-minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
PSPE Identity: Perseverance
Students will hopefully understand that adventure challenge activities can be very challenging and in order to be successful they must persevere through challenging moments that they are sure to confront in this unit. Every single activity planned in this unit is challenging to each person individually, but also to the group as a whole. This related concept of perseverance will be visited often through group discussion. Important and challenging moments that they will confront will be discussed on teams but also as a whole class. Specific difficult moments in which they overcome will be highlighted through these discussions but also through written reflection.
Extension Activity: As an extension, the students will need to explain and give examples of moments, outside of PE and the classroom, that they have persevered through difficulty.
PSPE Interactions: Conflict and Teamwork
Throughout this unit, student must be able to demonstrate teamwork skills as they will always be working in groups. Conflict is sure to arise as they devise plans and communicate/share their ideas. We will strive to ensure that any conflict that arises can be handled in a positive way. Group discussions are critical in sharing strategies to deal with conflict. Ensuring that connections are being made to the central idea is essential. More specifically how communication, trust, and having an open mind are the essential building blocks that form the foundation of any successful team.
Orienteering and OAA
Effectively solving problems requires communication, trust, and an open mind.
Team Building and Problem solving
Developing Cooperation and Teamwork in a series of Tasks (Human chain; hoop challenge; moving together as a team linked up - off floor, back to back, limited feet; Magic carpet; Human Fishing Rod challenge). These activities are inclusive team-building games and a great way to start their OAA unit of Inquiry. Have a look at the fantastic teamwork, communication and creative thinking skills on show here from our students! If your facilities permit, you can do a (timed) Adventure course of your playground where students have to not touch the ground. Once they have finished they can go back and help their teammates:)
Map Reading & Identifying Landmarks
For this, I used an overhead Birdseye photo of the school (from the website) and then proceeded to draw a grid over it to form the perfect map for the students! You can make the squares as big or as small as you want depending on the age range. Pupils first learn how to read the school map and identify landmarks. This works even better if they have been through it in class with their homeroom teacher. They then learn how to thumb and orientate a map. The last task is to correctly identify themselves on a map and then look for cones, as a team, where teacher has planted them
'Exploding Cones' Challenge - pupils must show accuracy in planting cones for others to find. Split into teams with different coloured cones, send them out as a team to plant the cones and record the coordinates accurately. They then come back in to the main base and hand over for other students to find. Points given for first team back and with the issuing team giving bonus points for planting them in correct location.
Star Orienteering challenge. This involves a bit of preparation, but when it is all set up, the possibilities are endless! Using location plates with numbers and letters (and even colours and symbols), the teacher plants them dotted around your school grounds and makes a note of them and the coordinates they are in.
Pupils to use map and coordinates to find letters and then unscramble a word associated with the unit. For further literacy and numeracy links you can then get students to make as many words as possible with the letters giving more points (like scrabble) to the highest score!
Compass work & Bearings
Students use prior knowledge from UOI to complete answers from worksheet that involves visiting different locations around the school and using their compasses. This can be done using a photofit challenge as shown. As this is a competition involving the same teams accumulating points for the whole unit, I get a little prize for the winning team (Haribo sweets - not healthy I know), and present it to the winning team - this usually helps with motivation!