Wednesday 18th November 2009 by C. Freeman
A group of students at Brooke Weston are organising sports activities at neighbouring Oakley Vale primary school. The Year 13s are all studying a BTEC sports coaching qualification and so they have to gain experience of working with youngsters in a real-life setting.
They visit Oakley Vale for two days each week, learning how to teach the students in both classroom and playground settings. On one day a week they coach the Year 5 students in PE activities and also lead lunchtime sports clubs catering for students from Years 3 to 6. Another day is spent in the classrooms where the Sixth Formers learn about classroom management as well as undertaking risk assessments and evaluating their own lessons.
Sports teacher Mr Clasper said: 'They're going to be in a classroom for one lesson a week looking at how the teacher works in terms of group behaviour and discipline which should hopefully give them the framework to deal with the younger students. It's giving our Sixth Formers the best opportunity because a couple of them want to be primary school teachers. Also if any want a career in sports then they build a relationship and rapport by working with real children every week which is great experience. By continually evaluating and improving their lessons they are getting better and better each week. These BTEC students are going to be miles ahead when it comes to university applications or going into teaching careers and they are really enjoying working with the youngsters up at Oakley Vale.'