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Year Level: 4,5,6

Curriculum Level: Level 3

Unit Focus: 2016 Olympic Games


LEVEL 3 (select one)

A. Personal Health and
Physical development

B. Movement Concepts
and Motor Skills

C. Relationships with other


D. Health
Communities and


Personal growth and

Identify factors that affect
personal, physical, social, and
emotional growth and develop
skills to manage changes.

Movement skills:
Develop more complex
movement sequences and
strategies in a range of

Identify and compare ways
of establishing relationships
and managing changing

Societal attitudes and

Identify how health care
and physical activity
practices are influenced
by community and
environmental factors.


Regular physical activity.

Maintain regular participation
in enjoyable physical activities
in a range of environments
and describe how these assist
in the promotion of well-being.

Positive Attitudes;
Develop movement skills
in challenging situations
and describe how these
challenges impact on
themselves and others.

Identity, sensitivity, and

Identify ways in which people
discriminate and ways to
act responsibly to support
themselves and other people.

Community resources
Participate in communal
events and describe
how such events
enhance the well-being
of the community.


Safety management.
Identify risks and their causes
and describe safe practices to
manage these.

Science and technology

Participate in and describe
how their body responds to
regular and vigorous
physical activity in a range of

Interpersonal skills
Identify the pressures that can
influence interactions with
other people and demonstrate
basic assertiveness strategies
to manage these.

responsibilities, and
Research and describe
current health and
safety guidelines and
practices in their school
and take action to
enhance their


Personal identity.
Describe how their own
feelings, beliefs, and actions,
and those of other people,
contribute to their personal
sense of self-worth.

Challenges and social

and cultural factors
Participate in co-operative
and competitive activities
and describe how cooperation and competition
can affect peoples
behaviour and the quality of
the experience.

People and
the environment
Plan and implement a
programmes to enhance
an identified social or
physical aspect of their
classroom or school

Purposeful links to e-learning/ICT

E-learning tools will be used at the beginning of each Physical education lesson. A projector either in the classroom
or the school gym will be used to present our classrooms karakia. This will be a visual aide to help the tamariki to
articulate Te Reo Mori appropriately.
Develop one key competency.
Relating to others is an important concept that will be embedded throughout this Physical Education unit of Rio
Olympics 2016. Children will explore the importance of working effectively as a team in order to succeed. Children will
learn how a range of athletic sports such, as relays require everyone to work together in order to be successful. In this
unit students will participate in a range of team based events. This will provide children to develop their skills in
working in a team in a variety of contexts.

LEARNING INTENTIONS e.g. children maintain,

apply, compare, describe, participate, demonstrate,
link, develop more, show, express, examine, use
strategies, identify, contribute, plan and implement,
research, etc
-Students will learn the appropriate techniques of
-Students will apply techniques of sprinting through an
obstacle course.

SUCCESS CRITERIA: e.g. list the possible actions and

ideas that demonstrate childrens learning.
Formative assessment.
At the beginning of the lesson students will participate in a
range of activities. These activities will be a range of good
running techniques and bad techniques. In groups the
children will discuss which techniques improved their
running and which ones hindered their performance. I will
be looking to see if the children can identify the techniques
that improve their running.

Another formative assessment from lesson one will be

viewing the childrens technique learnt at the beginning of
the lesson and how they apply these to our Sprint Slalom
activity. I will be able to view who are able to use the
appropriate running techniques and the children that need
extra support. This may be a child who has had little
experience in running sprints.
Key resources/safety considerations
- Cones to mark outline of the course.
- Flags
- Hurdles
- Stop watch
- High jump bar
- Mats for safety
- Pole vault
- Measuring tape
- Projector
- Relay batons

PARTICULAR CHILDREN: To teach this lesson I will

need to check that (name the children or groups).
To teach this lesson I will need to keep the levels of all the
children in the classroom in mind. In this classroom I have
year 4,5, and 6 students. When grouping I will have to be
aware of mixed abilities. If this becomes a problem in the
lesson I will set up two obstacle courses. One for the more
confident students and another for students who need extra

Time, Space,


Name the Activities/ Focus Questions/
Expected Responses


Attach the learning activity/ies to the back of this

page. Refer to key questions/key ideas to highlight
learning intention
Introduction to lesson share the WALT
-Begin Physical Education lesson with karakia.
E t
E te Auta
He mihi tenei ki a Koe
Mo Au painga ki a matou
Awhinatia matou, I tenei ra
E hara taku toa, I te toa takitahi ngari he toa taku tini
My strength is not from myself, but from the strength of the group.
-What do you think the message is from out whakatuk? Why is this
important in physical education? What might it look like in a game
Who knows what event is coming up this year on August the 5th?
-If children are struggling give them the clue that it happens every four
- Discuss the Olympic games. Where is it held this year? What events do
we know of? What are New Zealands strongest events? Does anybody
know any of our Olympic athletes competing in these years games?
-Explain to children that over the next few weeks we too are going to
develop our athletic skills, focusing on a range of specific events to the
Igniter/Warm Up Game
For todays first Olympic session we are going to be focusing on running
-What do we already know about running techniques? What techniques
do we need to know and think about when we are running?
-Have the children standing up along the yellow line of the gymnasium.
-Explain to the children that you want them to run from one yellow line
to the other running heavy footed like an elephant.

- Have the tamariki sitting

down in the hall. Have the
projector reading showing
our karakia for the tamariki
to follow.

- Our whakatuk tells us how

important teamwork is, and
how we are stronger when
we unite as a group / team.
This will be important in this

- Engage with the childrens

prior knowledge. See where
the childrens current
thinking is around
appropriate running

-Next have the children run pretending to be a mouse running on the

balls of their feet making as little sound as possible.
-Have the children exaggerate and run as low as they can.
-Next the children will run as tall as a giraffe.
- Once the children have completed this warm up, place the students into
5 groups 4. In their rp the children will discuss the purpose of our
warm up activities. The children will be asked to explain whether or not
each running technique allowed them to run to their full potential or
whether the technique they had to follow effected their running
As you have identified both running tall and light on our feet are
techniques that allow us to run to our best potential.
Why do you think I got you to run as heavy as an elephant and as small
as a mouse?
Our main focus for todays lesson, is working on and improving the
techniques we use when we are sprinting. Just like we discussed before

-As a classroom each group

will take turns at sharing
their rps discussion. The
childrens answers will be

we must run tall and light on our feet pushing off as hard and fast as we
can to gain speed.

added to a class brainstorm.

This visual aide will support
them when we discuss the
appropriate techniques we
use when we run.
- Explain to the students
what best potential means.
- This discussion will be a
formative assessment. This
will identify which children
are already aware of the
appropriate running
techniques and who needs
further support.

Main Learning Activity

Activity resources attached to appendix 1.
On the projector share a video to the children of the athletic athlete Usain
Bolt winning the 200m sprint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dmds5rRaM.

-Children will be asked to

examine how Usain Bolt is
running. What are the
techniques he is using?

Explain to the children that when they are watching this clip I would like
them to examine how Usain Bolt is running and the techniques he is

-The tamariki will share their

answers to the classroom.

What techniques are we seeing?

When sprinting we are:
-Running tall.
-Running on the balls of our feet as lightly as possible
-Our knees are coming up higher than in a long distance race.
-Our arms are also different from long distance races. In sprinting we
want fast arm movements with our hands coming up as high as our chin.

-The techniques we use

when we are sprinting will
be written on the board.

The children will practice these techniques with the activities of standing
still and moving their arms as if they were sprinting bringing their hands
up to their chin. The children will also practice sprinting from one end of
the gym to the other.
The classroom will participate in an activity called Sprint Slalom where
they will put their new sprinting techniques learnt into a fun game.
This game shown in appendix one is a sprinting obstacle course where
students will be split up into two teams sprinting between flags and
jumping over obstacles. The course will have two lanes. One lane has no
obstacles having the children sprint a straight line while the other lane
has a range of obstacles.

Adaptation 1

Because we want to promote full participation in Physical

Education showing best practice, there is opportunity to adapt this
activity. If I feel like the students are not completing the course
fast enough and children are standing waiting for an undesired
amount of time I will adapt the lesson. I would have both ends of
the lines going at the same time. Because there are two separate
lanes, this adaption is also a safe option as no one is going to
collide with one another. Another idea is creating to slalom
courses side by side. This would minimise waiting time, as
children will be split up into two different courses.

-The tamariki will put their

new techniques into practice
through the activity sprint

Adaptation 2

Another adaption that promotes attitudes in physical education is

giving the children the opportunity to choose between two
courses. Some children may not be as confident as other students
in this area of physical education. I will set up two slalom courses.
One course will cater to the students who need to build up their
confidence before participating in a more advanced obstacle
course. This course will not have the obstacle of having to jump
over hurdles. The children will be able to build their confidence
first focusing on their technique of sprinting running between
Debrief/ Conclusion

Have the tamariki gathered in a circle in the middle of the

gymnasium. Place the students into 4 groups of 5. Have the rp
discuss one new technique that they have learnt and are taking
away from todays session. Also give the opportunity for the
children to discuss one technique that they would like to further
Because this is my beginning lesson of my physical education unit
I believe it is important to know the students attitudes towards this
aspect of pe. I will pass out a post-it note to all the students where
they will be asked to write down their feelings towards athletics.
They will also write one thing they really enjoy and one thing they
dont feel confident in.


Lesson 2 relay.
-Students will learn the important elements of teamwork through participating in a team-based event.
The focus in lesson 2 will extend on the techniques learnt in lesson one. The children will be asked the following
questions to re-cap on the running techniques learnt in lesson one.
What did we focus on in lesson one?
What are the techniques we learnt that we use when we are running?
The children should be able to discuss
-Light quick movements.
-Movement of the feet pushing off from each foot to gain speed.
-Running tall.
-Bringing hands up to chin for sprinting.
I will ask tamariki to demonstrate their sprinting techniques, sprinting from one end of the gym to the other. The
children will take turns in doing this being split up into two groups. This will give me the opportunity to support
children if their technique needs correcting.
Sprinting is an important aspect of the Olympic games with these being 100m sprint, 200m sprint, 400m sprint, and
relays. Therefore the children need the opportunity to put their sprinting techniques into a range of different events /
-The children will be asked to discuss what they already know about relays? What does it involve?
I will explain to the children that in relays we work in teams of four. I will ask the children to discuss what they think
are the important elements of team work.
As a classroom I will demonstrate the techniques the children will need to learn to participate in this team event.
I will demonstrate how we hold the baton correctly, and how the children will place their hand when passing and
receiving the baton (pretend its an ice-cream, receiving from behind with your arm extend out, bringing your arm
forward licking the ice cream and bringing your arm back out to the front reading to pass the baton upwards to the
next team member. The students will be placed into groups of four. The children will be spread out in a line. Being
stationary, the tamariki will practice passing and receiving the baton. When the children are confident they will
progress by jogging when receiving and passing the baton.

Learning activity
The children will participate in the activity formula one shown in appendix two. In this activity students will be
combining the techniques learnt in lesson one and two both sprinting and being in relay teams to complete the
Lesson 3 shot put.
-Students will learn the correct techniques of throwing a shot put.
Lesson threes focus will be on the technique of throwing a shot put correctly.
Children will be asked to link to their prior knowledge through effective questioning. These questions will be the
-Who has had experience of throwing a shot put before?
-Who can explain what we do when shot putting?
-For safety what do we need to be aware of?
- Explain to the tamariki that the correct technique for throwing a shot put is very important to get distance.
Demonstrate the appropriate way to grip the shot put.
Have the shot put in the tips of your fingertips.
Have the children practice the proper grip of a shot put using a tennis ball.
Demonstrate the technique of throwing a shot put. Explain that the shot put should be tucked into your neck under
your ear. The shot put is propelled with a pushing action not a throw with the elbow staying horizontal pushing from
your elbow straight through releasing the shot put. Also explain the importance of keeping your eyes up and nonthrowing arm point up, out straight for direction.
- The classroom will be split into two groups. They will be placed into two lines facing one another. They will all
practice the appropriate techniques of throwing a shot put using a tennis ball.
-Once the children are demonstrating the appropriate techniques have the children use actual weighted balls.
Have five hoops set up in the school rugby field. Each circle will have a weighted ball in the middle. Children will be
split up into 5 groups of four. These small groups will ensure the participation of all students. Students will rotate
quickly keeping children engaged.
Before having the children participate in this activity explain the safety rules to the children. These will include never
turning your back on the throwing circle.
Have the second thrower in line retrieve the shot put. Explain that not only is this a safety procedure but also
eliminates the children having a no throw. When throwing the shot put the thrower must not step out front of the
circle. They must exit the back of the circle after throwing for their distance to be recorded. All children must be
paying attention to the person in front of them who is throwing. I will be the safety watcher. I will be watching both
the landing sector and the putter. I will not allow anyone to throw until I have called out safe to throw.
Lesson 4 High jump.
-Apply a short run-up, using fast and strong strides to clear the crossbar using the technique of scissor.
Through discussion and demonstration the children will observe and learn the appropriate techniques of high jump.
Children will be asked if they are left or wright handed. Usually those who are left handed prefer to jump off their left
leg where students who are wright handed feel more confident jumping from their wright foot. Explain to the
students that when we jump our high jump we use a scissor technique to clear the bar. Explain that we have a
leading jumping leg that kicks up in the air swinging past our hips with our following leg doing the exact same.
Discuss that the trick to high jump is having both our legs kick up as high as we can over the bar. Children will be
shown a demonstration of the scissor technique. The students will be asked to line up and practice this. The
students will also be drawn to their running technique. They will explore how we need to stride out running up to the
bar. The students will have the opportunity to practice this before attempting a jump.
Activity (Learnt from Sports Otago visit).
Have the children standing in two separate lines. Have three different heights of high jump levels set up in a
straight line down the gymnasium. Encourage the children to have a go at all levels but allow them only to attempt
those that they are comfortable with. The children will zig zag down the court. This allows them to jump the high
jump on both their left and wright legs. Cones will be set up to guide the childrens directions. Three separate hoops
will also be placed in front of the high jump in order to guide the children to take off the appropriate leg.
Use a long elastic band/rope. Have four students hold this. Create a zig zag with the elastic having the children

holding this at all different heights creating a range of high jump heights.
With having a class of only 20 students this activity promotes full participation. Children can start the course after
the pupil in front of them has completed the first jump. Having a range of high jumps will allow the class to be
continuously moving instead of be static waiting for their turn.
Lesson 5 pole volt.
-Students will manipulate their weight distribution to maintain the grip of the pole.
Explain to the children that pole vault is all about weight distribution. The main techniques to teach the children
- The grip of the pole (where to hold your hands)
- How to distribute your weight to successfully have both feet off the ground landing on the mat.
- Landing on the mat with both feet planted.
- Running up while holding the pole, reading to take off.
Children will be shown a demonstration of how to hold the pole correctly. One hand should be held high while the
other hand is held just above the middle of bar giving you support while moving through the air. The children will all
be given the opportunity to practice this complex technique before moving onto our activity.
Pole Flying
Appendix 3.
Have the children split up in four groups. This will allow full participation with more than one station operating at
once. The students will have a 5m run - up area where participants will run towards taking off on the mat. The
children will take off with one foot. Riding the pole, the jumper will carry themselves in the direction of the run- up
landing on a foam mat in the school gym. This technique will be demonstrated to the children by myself before they
participate. We will also go over the safety of this lesson having the mats cleared before any other student takes
their turn. The students distance will be measured and recorded. Children will also get another opportunity to
practice this sport, comparing their improvements from previous scores.
Key teaching points.
Students must land on the mat with two feet planted.
The pole must be grasped with both hands until the children have landed safely.
During the jump you must keep the same grip on the pole. Changing of grip is not allowed.
Whole school learning experience
Idea taken from http://www.pecentral.org/lessonideas/ViewLesson.asp?ID=2131#.Vyp15SN94y4
At the end of the unit the whole school will compete in a mini Youth Olympics day. We will begin our Mini Youth
Olympics with the same procedures taken by Olympic athletes. Each classroom will be given a country previously
to this event where they will create and design their own flag. As a school all of the countries will begin with the
parade of athletes. The music summon the heroes will play as the students assemble into the school gym. The
opening ceremony will contain the following:
1. Principal will declare the games open.
2. The torch lighting.
3. The Olympic flag will be raised to the Olympic Hymn
4. Let the games begin.
Their teachers will guide students to assigned events. The events the children will participate in are:
Olympic torch relay. Children will be placed into teams of four.
Discus throw
Shot put
Olympic rings sprint. (Time it takes the class to pass 5 hoops around 1500 track. Each child will sprint a
certain distance)
Long jump
In each event the classrooms are working together as a country to achieve either a bronze silver or gold medal
(created in technology unit). Each Olympic event has special criteria for receiving either colour medal. For example
for running events the class will be given a certain amount of achievable minutes to earn the gold medal. The
children will have to work as a team to earn this prestigious medal. For distance events there will be cones set out.
If the children hit the first cone they will gain one point for there team and if they hit the second and third cone they
will gain either 2 or 3 points. Each teacher will monitor their classs country circling what medal they have achieved
at each event.
At the end of the events the children will participate in a medal ceremony. Every child will receive a certificate for
competing in our Youth Olympic Games. The classrooms will also be presented with the medals they have

achieved in each event. Whnau and the wider community of Halfway Bush School will be invited to watch their
children participate in our schools event.

Rationale. (What, why and how)

Why / diagnostic
There are many reasons why I have chosen the unit theme of Olympic games. This current event with the
Rio Olympics commencing in August, is Halfway bush Schools major focus in term 3, looking at the
economical and sociological aspects the games brings to the country who is hosting. This theme has strong
links to our New Zealand history meaning it can be embedded through a variety of curriculum areas. This
unit will be interlinked with my technology unit, where students are creating and designing their own
Olympic medals. These medals will be used in lesson six where the whole school will participate in a mini
Youth Olympics event, where the new techniques taught will be put into action. The medals will represent
their participation and hard work. In relation to my diagnostic assessment where I interviewed a range of
year 6 students, the results showed me that the social aspect of through movement is really important for
these children to enjoy physical education. The children identified that they like doing physical activities
with friends, family, and teachers. The information provided from these diagnostic assessments was also a
key element to consider when choosing my units theme. To cater for the students wants and needs, I
selected a unit based around movement concept and motor skills. This focus and theme of Olympics has all
the social elements of physical education that these children desire. They will work in a variety of teambased activities in a range of athletic events learning new movement techniques.

In relation to Physical Education, this unit provides students with opportunities to engage and explore a
range of familiar and unfamiliar practical skills. This Unit promotes physical educations strand B
movement concepts and motor skills. The learning in this strand focuses on Personal movement skills that
students develop in a range of situations and environments (Ministry of Education, 1999, p.11). In this unit
throughout the six lessons presented, students will develop their own personal movement skills in a variety
of athletic events. Students will develop and learn a variety of techniques used in the Olympic games. In
crafting this unit, the four underlying concepts of physical education: health promotion, attitudes & values,
hauora, and social-ecological perspective have driven my key teaching and framework of my unit.

The social- ecological perspective has strong links the environmental factors that contribute to decision
making in physical education. In this unit the children will explore physical activity in the two environments
of the school field and the school gymnasium. These environments have been chosen based upon the nature
of the athletic event and what environment provides the best and practical learning for the tamariki. From
exploring a range of techniques in two different environments children will be able to explain why and how
each environment was appropriate/how it would affect the nature of the event. In this unit children
participate in a range of team-based activities. Through these experiences the children will recognise the
need for mutual care and shared responsibility between themselves, other people, and society(Ministry of
education, 1999, p.33). In these activities children will learn the importance of contributing to their rp,
and respecting one another.

In physical education it is important to consider the students attitudes towards physical activity. They will
develop a positive and responsible attitude to their own physical, mental and emotional, social, and spiritual
well-being (Ministry of education, 1999, p.34). The attitudes of the learners need to be established at the
beginning of a new unit. Devcich discusses that some key strategies to shifting childrens thinking in
physical education is to provide them with the opportunity to record some of their thinking and feelings
(Devcich, 2013, p.16). In the beginning on my unit in lesson one, children have been asked to record their
attitudes towards athletics. This will show an indication to me on who is confident and who is going to need
extra support. In this unit the cultural competencies of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga are evident and
valued to affirm and validate the culture/s of each learner (Ministry of education, 2011, p.2) In this unit

whanaungatanga is evident with the relationships between students, our school community and the
community of Halfway Bush. Whanaungatanga is defined as actively engages in respectful working
relationships with Mori learners. Parents and whnau, hap, iwi and the Mori community (Ministry of
education, 2011, p.8), In this unit the whnau of the students and the wider community of Halfway Bush
School will be invited to participate and view our children participate in our Olympic games. Whnau will
be encouraged to help our teaching staff with our events. Manaakitanga will be a key value that will be
embedded throughout this unit. Children will engage in Mori language and culture with our classrooms
karakia. Children will respect and show mana to all of the pupils in their class supporting one another when
learning a range of new techniques. Other values that underpin the ideas of olympism are whakanuitanga,
showing respect for others and kotahitanga, unity, all working in partnership together (Ministry of education

Hauora is an Mori philosophy of health unique to New Zealand (Ministry of Education, 1999,p.31) that
includes the four dimensions: Taha tinana, Taha hinengaro, Taha whnau, and Taha wairua, all are
recognised my unit. Taha tinana is knowing how to care for the body. Before lessons the children will have
the opportunity to warm up and do dynamic stretches. The children will understand the importance of
warming up and warming down after physical activity. Taha whnau will be relevant to all children in a
variety of activities such as learning the techniques of relay. The children will learn and explore the
importance of relationships, feeling a sense of belonging in being apart of a team. Taha hinengaro is shown
in a range of team based events such as relay where the children will learn the importance of teamwork and
how to effectively communicate. Taha hinengaro is also evident in lesson one where the children are asked
to express their thoughts and feelings towards athletics. This will also be embedded throughout all lessons,
as students will be asked to express how each lesson made them feel. Taha wairua will be expressed in this
unit as students will be able to recognise having a sense of connection to people, all being valued, equal
participants of a team.

Health promotion encourages students to make a positive contribution to their own well-being and that of
their communities and environments (Ministry of education, 1999, p.32). This unit supports the underlying
concept of health promotion as children are participating in a range of physical activities learning new skills,

and the various movements their bodies can do. This unit allows the children to develop their personal skills,
by practicing a range of unfamiliar and familiar techniques in different environments. This unit reflects the
principal of cultural diversity. This unit reflects diversity and the history of New Zealand. In this unit
children will participate in a school Olympic games where they will be placed into different countries. The
children will explore the diversity of each country and their historical connections with the Olympic games.

This unit supports best practice having all children participating in all activities. Throughout this unit I have
developed and adapted learning activities so that all children are participating. My main goal when teaching
physical education is incorporating all of my tamariki not having children static waiting for their turn. As
shown in lesson one I have made adaptation to fit best practices, creating more than one obstacle course so
all children are able to fully participate and be active. This unit also supports best practices and wider
classroom issues by having the ability to extend children who are confident and those who are not as
confident in physical education. Studies of teachers experiences in physical education show us that Onesize fits all programmes of learning were not responsive to the diverse needs and interests of children
(Petrie, Burrows, Cosgriff, 2013, p.7). I have brought an everybody counts lens (Petrie, Burrows, Cosgriff,
2013, p.7) to my unit, creating adaptations to cater for mixed abilities. Like lesson one, many of my other
activities will give the children two options. Students who are confident in physical activity will have
opportunities to extend their skills and techniques, while students who lack confidence have alternative
options to practice their techniques and apply these to the situations they are most comfortable with. My
pedagogical teaching approach throughout this unit is being a supportive facilitator supporting and providing
students with demonstrations to show the children what skills and understandings I am promoting. Another
way I have supported childrens learning is through using e learning tools. I have used the projector when
presenting our class karakia. This has been used as a visual aide to help the tamariki articulate Te Reo Mori
appropriately. I have also used video clips to support my teaching, showing the students examples of athletic
techniques that will be our lessons focus.

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