Year 3 have been lucky enough to have Gary from Birchwood Sports Partnership for football coaching. On Monday afternoons for three weeks the children have been playing matches and improving their skills.
Football is a team game and according to Maple class, “There is no I in team!” Therefore they had to practise their passing skills to get the ball from one end of the pitch to the other. Nobody was allowed to try to score independently; the whole team had to take part and complete the challenges together.
Being able to control the ball and get it to go where you want is important so Gary showed the children how to keep the ball close to their feet and how to bounce it on toes and knees. Amber said that she felt her “keepy-uppy” skills had really improved. Being able to head the ball if it is kicked high is also useful and the children were quick to pick up heading the ball too.
For the matches, each class was split into four teams. Each team played all the others. Zayd and Tyler really enjoyed the matches and trying to win. Ask the children to demonstrate their skills for you!