Adapting games lessons to the current climate

Whilst the majority of lessons have virtually returned to “as normal”, we are adapting games lessons to the current climate. Sport is still feeling the effects of COVID-19. To play or not to play; that is the question.

Rugby which has been the heart and soul of boy’s games since Fyling Hall began, has taken a back seat. Instead, we have made full use of our all-weather pitch and picked up our hockey sticks, which is very much a sport for the masses. New skills have been learnt, challenges set and house matches played! It seems surreal part way through a lesson to tell children “stop what you’re doing, go and sanitise your hands!” It’s games after all, a chance to get a bit muddy and dirty!

However, the pupil’s have shown a great enthusiasm for getting outside and having the opportunity to do some exercise and games with their friends. A relief from being sat at a desk or in front of a screen. One of the hardest decisions to make was regarding fixtures this term. Whilst governing bodies are allowing matches to proceed and leagues to start, we decided that for now, fixtures will have to wait. Travelling to other schools and increasing the chance of pupils having to isolate for 14 days was at the forefront of our reason not to go ahead with matches.

Head boy, Kian, shows off his cycling skills, honed in the North York Moors.

So, what lies ahead? We have been lucky in that the majority of children have been enthusiastic towards some form or competition. We have incorporated the fitness testing results from this term into the house competitions. The mountain bikes have had a thorough service and as wetter weather looms, the prospect of having to do more sport indoors, thinning numbers down will be crucial in the sports hall. The bikes will be used at every opportunity. Starting in half term, the boarders who are remaining on site will travel to Dalby Forest, just one of several activities planned for the week. Since biking was introduced two years ago, several pupils have since purchased their own bikes to use in lessons and on a weekend. This has been part of the bigger picture, exposing pupils to a wide range of activities, which would lead to them finding one which they thoroughly enjoy and want to continue for many years to come.

Mr Coates, Head of Games