In September, mid-autumn has a summer flavor. The sunshine shines through the leaves on the trees and onto the blue track. “Double Deduction” “5 management items” “5+2”are a series of educational policies that are turned out one by one. Because of the increased opportunity for more Physical development the school playground is noisier than before. The kids are running, jumping, playing games and playing balls. They are just like the notes on the staff, which makes the campus interesting and attractive.
Every Tuesday, there are students wearing American Football uniforms practising on the playground. They are participating in the WFLPS PYP American Football Course. This is the 2nd year the course has been run at the school. Yr 4 students participated last year. Now they are in Yr 5. They have mastered the basic skills of American Football already. This year, they focus on not only improving the basic skills and movements, but will also try to be competative. They hope to have an American Football Match as one part of their graduation ceremony.
Yr 4 students are new to this sport.
Some parents worry about the violence such as American Football. The weaker girls are scared about the pushing and the shorter boys are also afraid to compete.
The school took these worries into the consideration, and before implementing the course, the school communicated a lot with the coach. As a“Primary Year PE Students hobby club”, the American Football Course starts from the basic sports exercise, simple movements and then skills. They play various games focussing on teamwork and coordination.
In fact,the PYP Section American Football Course is not violent. It focuses on arousing the students’ knowledge about American Football after class. We hope to plant a seed in the students’ hearts. As time goes by, maybe some students will try and join professional clubs.
When the Yr 4 students wear the equipment of American Football, for the first time they are proud. They experience a different apect to their lives and develop their persistence through this sport.
One year 4 student Tim, has participated in this sport before. He has played American Football for many years. He is not tall but strong enough to be the key person in his team. When he was in Yr 3, he was looking forward to having this course as part of the Physical Education Curriculum. He feels happy to play American Football with his classmates at school. He is happy to work with his team, compete against his school mates and achieve success.
撰文 摄影 Article photo孙菁华Sun Jinghua