After the success of last years Can Do project with Leonard Cheshire and Childwall Abbey, we are delighted to work together again this year with the Can Do Too project, a building communities project. Sixth form pupils from Childwall Abbey will be coming into school to carry out a sports and art project with our children whilst developing their confidence, social and personal development and building new skills. Week one saw the Can Doers from Childwall Abbey come to Childwall CE for an introduction to the programme, get to know the staff and school and discuss the design of the project and the activities they would like to undertake. The Can Doers will work with and mentor our children which will help to raise awareness of disability whilst reinforcing the theme of being active and healthy. We had a great first week with lots of ideas and Childwall Abbey even joined us in our Daily Mile.
This week we welcomed Jacob from Disability Opportunities in Sports UK (DO Sports) to work with the Childwall Abbey students to teach them a new sport, for them to then teach to our children. Boccia was the sport of choice, new to them and also new to our children. Childwall Abbey liked the inclusivity of the sport and how it can be adapted to teach different skills. After an intense morning of learning the rules and techniques needed to play the sport, they then spent the afternoon designing lesson plans for their forthcoming sessions. They broke down the elements of the game and have devised a number of different mini games to teach techniques such as over arm, back spin and speed throwing to knock an opponent out of the way. They tested their lessons on each other and devised scoring systems to be able to assess the effectiveness of their lessons. They will be in school each week until Christmas and have lots of fun plans for our children.
This week we welcomed back Ian the Artist. Ian worked with the Y5&6 children last year to create our fabulous ‘nurture, compassion, grow’ external graffiti art boards and we were really keen to have him back to work on our new project with some new children. This year we have exciting plans for to work with the Y4&5 children to design and create some inspirational art on the sports container on the field. Y4 and Y5 each had a welcome session with Ian to discuss the art of graffiti and spray paint and to get some initial design ideas. The project will start next week alongside the delivery of Boccia. It’s going to be an exciting and action packed few months and we can’t wait!
Wow! What fun we had this week with our friends from Childwall Abbey. Time for them to put into practice their coaching skills and deliver Boccia lessons to class 9 and class 3. There were nerves and excitement as they set up their first lesson on the Astro pitch ready for class 9. After a quick introduction to the game the fun really began as the children were taught techniques of the game. When class 9 finally mastered the art of keeping bottoms on the chair, the scoring began. With lots of practice it was finally time for a game and the skills to be utilised, and then learning the team tactics too…shall I try and get mine closer or knock the other teams closer ball out of the way? After lunch it time for class 3 to have their lesson. With scoring hoops, mats and nets they quickly mastered the art of throwing techniques and were very keen to help Childwall Abbey keep score!
The weather was on our side this week as we started our graffiti art project on the school container. Class 10 were first out and in the glorious sunshine got to grips with spray cans, learning about how the distance from the container would create different effects. We are very delighted with our colourful blobs and are looking forward to watching the project develop over the coming weeks. We also continued our Boccia training and, alongside the graffiti, the children from Childwall Abbey delivered another Boccia lesson. Class 4 were delighted to learn all about the sport and have a go at practising some techniques and scoring in the hoops.