GO4it in Schools
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Written by Debbie Garea, Fundamental Movement Skills Advisor
The Sport Bay of Plenty GO4it Programme is rapidly increasing each year as new schools join up. GO4it started with 22 schools 6 years ago and has hit 42 schools registered in 2017. With over 6000 students receiving regular instruction during the year, GO4it has 5 Coordinators to keep up with the demand.
A Junior GO4it Session for year 0-2 students includes activities from the NZ Athletics Get Set Go Programme. Students are immersed in games such as farmers and chickens to improve catching, spaceships to develop throwing, mirror bounces to practice hand dribbling and crazy kickers to develop foot dribbling.
The Multiskills programme for the year 3-4 students includes units in big ball skills, striking and small ball skills where games such as corner spy and skittle ball are used.
The Senior GO4it Programme includes Hit it, Kick it and Pass it using a variety of sports as a vehicle to teach fundamental movement skills.
Western Bay GO4it Coordinator Sandy Shelterline has joined the GO4it Team this year and enjoys working alongside teachers to create fundamental skill sessions for the year 0-6 students in each school. Coming from a physical education background Sandy believes the “GO4it Programme gives children the chance to develop their fundamental skills through a holistic, games based programme”. Sandy has seen teachers develop confidence in planning and implementing this physical literacy approach as they deliver the sessions together. Sandy adds “I love seeing the children being active whilst developing their skills in a fun way”.
GO4it ensures students go through a progressive pathway from fundamental movement skills to multiskills to multisports during their 6 years at primary school. Aorangi Primary School in Rotorua has signed up for 2017. Principal Debra Harrod says “we joined the Go4It programme as we want to promote Hauora, the physical, emotional, mental and social well-being of our students and we are very aware of the sedentary lifestyles some of our children lead and we want to improve their physical activity levels. We knew that working with a GO4it Coordinator in modelling good teaching practice and fundamental skills knowledge would help our teachers improve their own P.E teaching. The students enjoy being out for a comprehensive skills session, working with an expert and their teacher and having fun while they are learning”.
Principal Tammy Wallace from Te Mahoe School in Whakatane agrees that “GO4it provides a range of skills and activities that engages children and assist with children’s coordination and confidence”. She adds “our teachers enjoy the new ideas and resources as confirmation to know what we are teaching is covered in the curriculum”.
GO4it continues to grow each year as more schools from the Bay of Plenty region embrace the Professional Development that is included in the programme with high quality delivery throughout the year.
We would like to thank TECT for Funding the Western Bay of Plenty GO4it Programme.
For more information on how your school can join GO4it visit the Sport Bay of Plenty website
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