Practical and simple, literacy, numeracy and oracy starters

I have started the ‘Middle leaders development programme’ (MLDP) and as part of that I had to create a proposal on how I intend to make an impact on an area of teaching and learning within my school.

I’ve shown prior interest in developing literacy, numeracy and oracy in my PE lessons, but now I aim to lead others in my department to improve their lesson planning and delivery .

Part of my challenge is to implement literacy, numeracy and oracy opportunities in PE lessons but as a PE teacher I know how frustrating it is to devote time in practical lessons to this. Therefore I have devised these starter activities that can be shared in the changing rooms and/or the ‘hook’ at the beginning of the lesson.

I’ve developed generic and module specific starters to incorporate at the beginning of the lessons.

Here are a few examples.

If you would like an electronic copy, please contact me via twitter @chris2theB and I’ll be more than happy to forward you a copy.


Table tennis examples:

Badminton examples:

Fitness examples:

Generic examples:


Women’s self defence, numeracy, literacy and SMSC in PE

My most recent observation for a Directorate review was scheduled when I had an Instructor delivering self-defence lessons to my class.

Not wanting to cancel on the Instructor or interrupt the SoW I went ahead and planned a lesson that ran along side the Instructor’s.

You will see how I incorporated numeracy, literacy, SMSC and technology into the lesson to achieve a grade 1 judgement,

I’ve made the mistake before by trying to fit my lesson around numeracy and literacy opportunities, this time I incorporated these different aspects where they naturally occurred.


The students had to study the different newspaper headlines and identify any similarities.





After a quick discussion, the class agreed that they were innocent people who had been attacked by other people who didn’t care about hurting others.
Doing this put the lesson into context, to reinforce to the students why we were doing self-defence.

Sharing the key words for the lesson with a numeracy add on, worked well. Quite simply the students had to add up the point score for each word.


A little work on my behalf, allowed a for a very powerful numeracy task to be completed



Lesson objectives:

I produced the slides into a non participant worksheet and also added some observation WWW and EBI questions.

Through the lesson I recorded the girls performance which generated a WWW and EBI discussion in pairs and on the back of my iPad, I created sentence starters for the students to use (which automatically showed progress/ improvement on performance). This allowed for self and peer assessment opportunities.

Progress check and plenary: students wrote on the board whether they were bronze, silver, gold efforts. If they awarded themselves with bronze or silver then that was they extra learning objective/ focus to improve on for the rest of the lesson.


BTEC Sport: Newspaper articles- Engagement, Literacy, Oracy, WRL and SMSC

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Electronic versions of the articles will be uploaded onto the PEgeeks dropbox.

Here is a collection of a variety of sports related newspaper articles I have recently collected that provide real life examples that can be used for: starters/ building meaningful discussions/ plenaries in lessons or for BTEC assessments.

Newspaper 1

I’ve started to build a collection of articles for:

Anatomy and physiology: Movement

Fitness: training methods, fitness requirements, testing, planning

Health and safety: Risks, injuries, rule breaking

Leadership in sport: intrinsic/ extrinsic motivation, sponsorships, characteristics/ qualities of leaders

Practical sport: rules and regulations, statistical analysis, Football scenarios, rule breaking

Rules and regulations: Rule breaks and punishment

Newspaper 2

Newspaper 3

Not only have these articles increased engagement in the lessons (most important for me day to day) but it has also increased (long term focus/ planning, lesson obs/ Ofsted):

Literacy in PE
Oracy in PE
Increased WRL opportunities

Any feedback would greatly be appreciated to continue developing effective and efficient resources.

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Shot Put, SMSC, numeracy, science, peer assessment, twitter and youtube

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Having to plan for my last PM lesson observation in the last half term was made that little bit more bearable after using @teachertoolkit’ s 5 minute lesson plan.


Again it helped me to structure my ideas quickly and effectively and it also stopped me from ‘over planning’ and over complicating the lesson.

Spending 5 minutes on the plan allowed me more time to create my learning resources which generally for me are the last things I do!

Rather than setting ‘normal’ homework’ I set a twitter competition whereby the students had to use the internet to find the answers to set them up for the lesson observation.

Shot put vivo competition to use

The lesson starter linked with the competition as the students had to estimate the distance the Olympic recorder holder threw the shot put.
Using a video from videojug sport and fitness (YouTube) on technique the students had to write on the board the TP’s for the feet, body position and arm/elbow.

Using the TP’s students used a basketball to develop technique (easier and safer to use, plus all students took part rather than in pairs.
Then using the shot put, in pairs, students then worked together in developing an effective technique and recorded the estimations on the worksheet.
The worksheet also provided visual and written prompts for the students to work from



Any feedback would greatly be appreciated to continue developing effective and efficient resources.

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Problem solving, team work, literacy, oracy and OAA

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I have designed an OAA SoW that looks at developing my student’s problem solving, team work and oracy skills with the core focus being ‘effective communication’.

Some of the activities are old firm favourites (but the old ones sometimes are the best).

The first few activities were simplistic but very effective:
1. Shuffle the pack- Where teams of 7-10 students stand on the bench. Without touching the floor, students must organise themselves on the bench in different orders: height, alphabetical, age etc.

2. Team challenge.
Team challenge

In teams of 8-10 students to work together so that they get passed the finish line first. The ball must be passed backwards, over the head and under the legs. The person at the back then moves to the front of the line. This can progress to the team having to pass/roll the ball through the legs to the person at the back who then runs to the front.

3. After looking at what types of communication we use and how we should communicate to be effective, students quickly listed on the board what effective communication is.

Broadway swamp white board 1

With this in mind, students then in teams took part in the Broadway swamp challenge. Each team has 2 mats and must get from one island to the other without touching the gym floor (swamp) where there were girl eating piranhas, sharks and alligators.

Broadway swamp

Progressions that I incorporated:
That they had to carry a very rare golden bird egg (basketball) from one island to the other without dropping it, but every time they stood on a new mat they had to change the egg carrier.
I also added traffic cones that represented islands of ravenous tigers that they had to avoid and to help protect themselves they had to throw a hoop over it to get by safely

Broadway swap with tigers

Non participants were involved in peer assessment and evaluated individual performances and identified the strengths within the lesson.

Broadway swamp peer assessment

Building on team work skills and developing effective communication, I created a blind fold challenge assault course, where in pairs students had to take it in turns to guide their blindfolded partner around the course safely. Initially they were able to hold their partner to help them guide them around.

Blindfold challenge

After they had completed the course the class reflected on their effectiveness and answered the question on the board.

Blindfold reflection

Also see under the iPad tab the use of QR codes and iPads in OAA.

Any feedback would greatly be appreciated to continue developing effective and efficient resources.


#PE watching others work

I will upload my resources into the PEgeeks drop box as soon as I can, so feel free to use and adapt.

Badminton and progression: Learning objectives and teaching resources- Oracy in PE

Badminton and progression

You will find the following resources in the PEgeeks drop box

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The following resources catered for all abilities as they were used differently and adapted for more or less abled.

The questions in the yellow box were used to generate discussion (using the PPPB).

The diagrams without the teaching points on:
Allowed more able to generate their own teaching points and the less able prompts to recall information

The diagrams were extremely useful for the students to identify the key teaching points of the skills which were developed through the unit to enable students to be more competitive.

Any feedback would greatly be appreciated to continue developing effective and efficient resources.


#PE watching others work

Preparing to succeed! Yr 13 BTEC Sport students planning their scripts for their iMovie project.

Preparing to succeed! Yr 13 BTEC Sport sutdents planning their scripts for their iMovie project.

Students have been set the task to create their own iMovie on ‘Risk assessments in sport’ as part of their assignment.

The idea of this project was for students to develop their ICT skills, BTEC criteria understanding but to also develop their ability to be better creative thinkers and self-managers.

Using information gathered from previous lessons on what makes a good video you can see this student has used all the resources available to him to begin the introduction of what is set to be a very informative and professionally created video.


#PE watching others working.