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Teaching Key Stage 2 Outdoor Education: Student Residential Trip

In May 2017, a group of students on the BSc (Hons) PE and Sport and BSc (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching programmes attended an exciting and challenging outdoor education residential course at Hagg Farm Outdoor Education Centre in the Peak District. Hagg Farm Centre provides primary and secondary schools in Nottingham with outdoor learning experiences which meet the requirements of the National Curriculum for Physical Education.

Outdoor education is an aspect of the curriculum which provides young people with unique learning experiences which are wholly different to other activities traditionally taught as part of Physical Education curriculum. Despite its educative value, it is often considered to be difficult to deliver and can be an underdeveloped area of Physical Education provision.

Programme leaders Donna Windard and Lindsay Brown wanted to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop their knowledge of this aspect of Physical Education, as well as improving their confidence and skills when working with children in outdoor education environments. Donna and Lindsay worked closely with Phil Baker and Jules Barratt at Hagg Farm to design a bespoke programme which aimed to develop students’ understanding of how to safely plan, deliver and assess pupil learning during a Key Stage 2 outdoor education residential course.

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Throughout the course students engaged in activities that Hagg Farm use with Key Stage 2 children. For each activity students received copies of lesson plans that were mapped to the National Curriculum, learning about the setting of learning outcomes, progression and regression tasks, and how to assess learning within each task. The course began with a series of problem-solving activities which were designed to develop children’s cooperation, teamwork and leadership skills. Some of the activities were completed at night time in pitch darkness, which certainly added to the challenge and amusement!

Over the following two days students (and staff) explored the Peak District and experienced a range of physical and emotional challenges. These included caving in a long-abandoned lead mine, gorge walking, abseiling at Monsal Head viaduct, and rock climbing on Stanage Edge.

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The group learned how these activities mapped with the National Curriculum. They also learned how to link these activities to other curriculum areas, including geography and science. It goes without saying that these were exciting and rewarding activities. Students who struggled with heights took on the challenge of abseiling, others who were not confident in water jumped into rock pools and some who were claustrophobic mastered caving. Everyone had a sense of personal and team achievement.

Evening activities included workshops with speakers from the National Trust who talked about management of the Peak District National Park, and from Nottinghamshire County Council who provided insight of how teachers should plan an outdoor education course with children focusing on risk assessment.

Staff-led activities included a dusk walk to the famous Derwent Dam, where students took turns to navigate and lead the group in a series of question based activities linked to geography and natural history. One particularly memorable event was the ‘fire-pit’, where stories were shared, songs were sung and marshmallows were toasted well into the wee small hours. A fantastic way for the group to bond and relax. For all, this was a unique and rewarding experience.

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Developing Sporting Ability in Lincolnshire with Inspire+

Gifted and talented primary school pupils in Lincolnshire recently attended a sport science themed day at the School of Sport and Exercise Science. Selected by their respected primary schools form across Lincolnshire, the children were supported by staff and students to develop a further understanding of sports psychology, fitness training and movement analysis.

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Images courtesy of Inspire+
 

This is the first year of this cluster of Lincolnshire schools attending sport science days after several years of success with South Lincolnshire-based schools. The programme is run in partnership with the charity Inspire+ who commission the School’s delivery of workshops. More information on Inspire+ and their Gifted and Talented schemes can be found here:

https://www.inspireplus.org.uk/online/index.php/educational/gifted-talented

Thank you to Geoff Middleton, who coordinates the days for the School, and all of the students and staff who contributed their time and expertise.

Graduate Spotlight: Trev Mealing (YMCA Lincolnshire)

Congratulations to Trev Mealing who has been selected as Employee of the Year in the 2016 Lincolnshire Business Awards, in recognition of the work he has been doing with YMCA Lincolnshire. In addition to his own personal successes and progression, Trev’s selection reflected his significant contribution to the wider YMCA training team, who received the Excellence in Training award.

Trev (right) receiving his Employee of the Year award at the Lincolnshire Business Awards. (Photo: LincolnshireLive)
 

Trev started volunteering at the YMCA during the final year of his BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science programme. After hearing about a friend’s positive experiences he signed up as a volunteer gym instructor, a position that he recalls “allowed me to develop my skills further, help special population gym members to achieve their goals, and put into practice some of the new academic theory that I was learning on my degree – a true win for all involved!” As his confidence grew Trev felt able to start using his initative and make suggestions about possible improvements to the services offered. In recognition of his contributions, Trev became a paid member of staff before being invited by Dan Rogers – Commercial Manager for YMCA Lincolnshire – to become a tutor in their new Teaching Centre. The success of this initiative resulted first in a full-time position and then in Trev becoming the Lead Tutor, managing the Centre as a Head of Department.

“In the four years of commercial operation we have managed to make a great deal of partnerships with other training and education provides in the county…and now have funded contracts to help support those most in need, in addition to our core area of delivery – nationally-recognised vocational fitness-based accreditations such as Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer.”

The School were delighted to invite Trev to deliver the keynote presentation for our recent Opportunities Fair. Sharing his career experiences to date and emphasising the benefits of volunteering, Trev encouraged students to believe in themselves and not always simply take the easiest option. “Work hard, ask questions, and never be afraid of asking for help! This will give you the best outcome! Hard work is always rewarded, sometimes not as instantly, or as we first envisage, but it will be rewarded!”

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Trev delivering his keynote presentation to open the School’s Opportunities Fair
 

The Opportunities Fair provided the chance for students from across the School’s programmes to meet local employers and voluntary organisations, as well as seek guidance from the University’s careers and volunteering teams. The evening was a great success, with lots of contacts made and ideas exchanged, and we are very grateful to the following organisations for supporting the event: Lincolnshire Sport, Lincolnshire FA, Lincolnshire Council Volunteer Youth Services, University of Lincoln Sports Centre, Lincolnshire Scouts, Lincolnshire YMCA, OSB Events (Lincoln Half Marathon), Lincoln Golf Club, UoL Careers Team, Lincoln SU Activities and Volunteering Office.

Subject Committee Update (December 2016)

Dan Bishop has produced a video summarising the key topics discussed at the recent School Subject Committee – comprising the School’s student reps and staff – as well as the actions that have been taken in response to those issues. Thanks Dan!

 

 

Congratulations To All Our September 2016 Graduates!

Lincoln Cathedral was, as always, a fantastic setting for the School’s graduation ceremony on Wednesday 7th July. Congratulations to all those who graduated in person, and to those who weren’t able to join us on the day. We are very proud of all of you, and of your cohorts’ achievements and many contributions to the university, city and beyond.

Good luck with your future plans and please keep in touch!

A video stream of the ceremony is available at http://www.iamagraduate.com/lincoln/linc-ceremony7.html , with the School of Sport & Exercise Science starting at 58:45.

 

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At a prizegiving ceremony after graduation, the following School awards were presented:

Academic Excellence Award: Kyla Love

Kyla achieved the top academic performance in the School, but has also contributed to the School in many other ways, including serving as a Course Rep, a School Ambassador on Open Days and helping with support projects at Doncaster Rovers Belles FC. It’s been quite a week for Kyla, whose late winning goal in Norwich City’s upset of QPR in the FA WPL cup made headlines on the FA website!

Achievement Award: Chris Fraser

Chris’s award reflects the impressive way in which, returning to education after a period away, he has taken full advantage of opportunities inside and outside the classroom. He completed an outstanding final-year dissertation on post-activation potentiation, for example, and presented this at the national BASES Student Conference 2016. His applied work has included roles as a strength & conditioning coach for Leicester Tigers Regional Academy and Lincolnshire FA’s Girls Centre of Excellence.

Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure & Culture Prize: Tom Ash

Tom’s prize is recognition of his proactivity in seeking out additional personal development opportunities – such as a week working with, and being mentored by, coaches at Leicester City Football Club – to complement those provided by his course. His work at Leicester was featured in an official Barclays Lifeskills video, which included him discussing careers in coaching with world-famous manager Claudio Ranieri! Tom has been a Course Rep, founded the new student academic society, and shared some of his ideas and experiences as an invited speaker at the National Sports Roadshow in Lincoln in February.

England Golf Best Community Engagement Group Prize: Marcus Smith, Chris Selby, Will Leadenham and Andrew Whitcombe

Marcus, Chris, Will and Andrew received high praise from community sports leaders for planning, organising and delivering three multi-skills festivals for 250 key stage 1 children across the city. The event was designed to develop the children’s physical skills and also their English and maths skills through cross-curricular activities.

Well done to all the prize winners, and thank you to Magna Vitae and England Golf for sponsoring awards.