We celebrated the forthcoming Paralympics with an afternoon of four different activities for our whole school of 150 children based around the sports of boccia, goalball and sitting volleyball. Our four school house teams were renamed for the afternoon after.
Activity 1: Goalball. Each house team passed the goalball from the top of their line to the bottom and back up again while wearing blindfolds. Key skills were teamwork and listening. Quickest team won.
Activity 2: Boccia. Each house team works in pairs to roll the boccia balls towards painted numbers in the playground. Scores were recorded and team with the most points won.
Activity 3: Sitting volleyball: House teams played against each other, by making successful passes over the net. Winning teams played each other.
Activity 4: Goalball. Children worked in pairs (one of which was blindfolded). Their team mate had to give them instructions to navigate over hoops and hurdles, then kick the goal ball into the goal. House team with most points won. We also watched video clips of the games of boccia, sitting volleyball and goalball from previous Paralympic Games. We also talked about the successes of the four British Paralympians and pictures of them in action. The afternoon was a super introduction to Paralympic sport, and some of our British Paralympic sports heroes.