Year 6 WW1 themed P.E.
In Year 6, we aim to make links between our half termly topic and every subject – P.E. is no exception! This half term, the children have been working in small groups to create freeze frames recreating different still images of World War 1 trench life. We have learnt in history, that the soldiers faced many different dangers in the trenches, and had many different roles to fulfil while being a front line soldier. To show these different roles and hardships, the children had to pick between a series of pictures to recreate 4-6 different freeze frames. After creating the freeze frames, the children analysed their transitions between freeze frames and the different levels each person was on within each freeze frame, self evaluating and editing their sequence to improve it. After a series of lessons rehearsing and developing their group sequence, the children performed their freeze frame sequences to each other one group at a time, with the audience evaluating the positives and constructively offering possible areas for improvement. Teachers were amazed at the level of creativity, team-work, variety and confidence on show in every group!
At the children’s request, we have also created a new game to add an element of challenge to dodgeball and create links to WW1, by designing the game ‘Trench Dodgeball’. The children worked together to organise the hall with different obstacles that were deemed safe by the teacher, that could be used to act as cover in the game of dodgeball (like a WW1 trench or foxhole). This was a massive success, resulting in high levels of engagement, enjoyment and physical exertion. I was really impressed and proud of the children for the creative idea and am sure it will be played again soon in the not too distant future!