Welcome

The England and Wales Cricket Board is delighted that you have chosen to be a part of the Ashes Schools Challenge.

This free interactive resource is designed to support teachers delivering lessons in Key Stage 2 & 3 through the inspiring summer of cricket with England playing Australia in the 2015 Investec Ashes Series.

For further information please contact
Joe Steel – joe.steel@ecb.co.uk

Intro

This section provides an overview of the Ashes Schools Challenge, including a summary of each lesson plan and the recommended area of the curriculum. The overview can be downloaded or viewed online to support teachers to plan the delivery of the Ashes Schools Challenge. There is also a brief explanation for teachers to introduce the beautiful game – Cricket: A team of individuals.

Teachers may choose to work through all of the ‘Intro Activities’ and the 15 ‘Main Activities’ or select a number of lessons depending the pupils’ abilities and time available. The Ashes Schools Challenge can also form part of a wider classroom initiative like cricket, Australia or the Common Wealth.

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Ashes Schools Challenge Overview

Intro Activities

The Intro Activities have been designed to introduce the fundamentals of cricket to teachers – Cricket Terminology, Scoring Cricket and Who plays cricket in England. Most of the activities do not require a great knowledge of playing the game, but we felt it was important to support pupils, and teachers, who wanted to know more about the game. These activities are great to use in a short lesson or when starting the project with a group of pupils.

Introduction Lessons

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Cricket Terminology

How is cricket scored?

Who plays cricket?

Main Activities

There are three types of main activities. The Test Match activities are mainly designed to support the Literacy areas of the curriculum, however they also support the development of Humanities, Drama and Art. The One Day activities are designed to support the development of Numeracy skills, whilst the Twenty20 activities support other curriculum areas.

Test Match

(Literacy)

About The Ashes

Going through the history of The Ashes series

Suggested Activities
  • Look at facts and write radio report on initial Ashes game
Curriculum Area

Literacy, Humanities

Personal learning and thinking skills

Reasoning, Enquiry

Literacy skills developed

Writing reports

Play in the Spirit

Looking at the spirit in which cricket is supposed to be played

Suggested Activities
  • Literacy comprehension on the Brett Lee / Andrew Flintoff encounter
Curriculum Area

Literacy

Personal learning and thinking skills

Process information, Reasoning

Literacy skills developed

Comprehension skills

Pick your own team

Identifying features of a good team player

Suggested Activities
  • Choose an extra player from the information given and then set-up an interview board meeting
Curriculum Area

Literacy, Drama

Personal learning and thinking skills

Reasoning, Evaluating

Literacy skills developed

Speaking and Listening skills

Writing for the media

Writing newspaper reports

Suggested Activities
  • Compare two match reports and then improve another match report using better literacy
Curriculum Area

Literacy

Personal learning and thinking skills

Creative thinking, Evaluating

Literacy skills developed

Using descriptive vocabulary

Writing a cartoon strip

Writing a cartoon strip

Suggested Activities
  • Use Ashes photos to create a cartoon strip
Curriculum Area

Literacy, Art

Personal learning and thinking skills

Creative thinking

Literacy skills developed

Using descriptive vocabulary

One Day

(Numeracy)

Cricket timeline

Developing timeline skills using times in a cricket match

Suggested Activities
  • Use the provided times during a One Day International game to solve time problems.
Curriculum Area

Numeracy

Personal learning and thinking skills

Processing information

Literacy skills developed

Following instructions

Cricket data sets

Ranking and classifying information using cricket data

Suggested Activities
  • Top trump cards type activities using data from player
Curriculum Area

Numeracy

Personal learning and thinking skills

Processing information

Literacy skills developed

Following instructions

Measuring cricket

Practising co-ordinates using cricket fielding positions

Suggested Activities
  • Put together practice co-ordinates using cricket fielding positions
Curriculum Area

Numeracy

Personal learning and thinking skills

Processing information

Literacy skills developed

Subject specific vocabulary

Follow the tour

Producing a budget for a cricket supporters trip

Suggested Activities
  • Put together a budget and information for a trip of a lifetime
Curriculum Area

Numeracy, Humanities

Personal learning and thinking skills

Processing information, creative thinking

Literacy skills developed

Writing advert type reports

Cricket Graphs

Exploring line graphs using cricket data

Suggested Activities
  • Write the 'story of the game' by using the graphs from a ODI.
Curriculum Area

Numeracy, Literacy

Personal learning and thinking skills

Processing information

Literacy skills developed

Report writing

Twenty20

(Various)

Sporting rivalry

Exploring sporting rivalries

Suggested Activities
  • Look at the rivalry between different sporting teams
Curriculum Area

Humanities, Literacy

Personal learning and thinking skills

Reasoning, evaluation

Literacy skills developed

Report writing

Fit for cricket

Using a cricketer to think about healthy eating

Suggested Activities
  • Design a healthy menu based on what type of fitness is needed for cricket
Curriculum Area

Technology

Personal learning and thinking skills

Creative thinking

Literacy skills developed

Following and writing instructions

A step back in time

Looking at how cricket equipment has changed over the years

Suggested Activities
  • Look at the development of equipment through the ages and then design a T20 kit
Curriculum Area

Technology

Personal learning and thinking skills

Reasoning

Literacy skills developed

Speaking and listening skills

Cricket Collage

Making a collage to depict a certain aspect of cricket

Suggested Activities
  • Make a collage or other art project from newspaper clippings
Curriculum Area

Art

Personal learning and thinking skills

Creative thinking

Being a cricket expert

Research and presenting on an aspect of cricket

Suggested Activities
  • Research on any topic surrounding the Ashes and then present it in form of choice
Curriculum Area

Computing

Personal learning and thinking skills

All

Literacy skills developed

Writing skills

MCC Spirit of Cricket

MCC and Chance to Shine have developed an exciting assembly resource utilising inspirational cricket footage supported by clear guidance notes to promote the Spirit of Cricket in a fun and approachable way. Showcasing cricket in an assembly is a fantastic way to introduce and reinforce the concept of ‘fair play’.

Videos

In this section there is a selection of video clips that demonstrate the thrill of cricket and history of the Ashes. They can be used as a tool to showcase the exciting summer of cricket in 2015 by combining them with your MCC Spirit of Cricket Assembly or just used in a lesson to engage pupils.

CHOOSE VIDEO

The Ashes and its history
Summer of Cricket 2015
Top 10 Ashes moments from 2005
NatWest U19 Club T20 highlights 2014
Interview with England Fast Bowler – Katherine Brunt

Contacts and Links

Cricket is a great way to engage pupils in the classroom but it also great fun in the playground. There are a few website links below that will support you to teach both on and off of the cricket field. If you have an interest in playing cricket further then please contact your local County Cricket Board.

Acknowledgements

Thanks go to the pupils and staff of Framwellgate School, Durham who have worked with the staff from Learning Beyond the Boundary, based at Durham County Cricket Club. The group designed, tested and evaluated each of the activities. Learning Beyond the Boundary is the educational part of Durham County Cricket Foundation. The team delivers a range of activities to support learning through the context of cricket. For more information on the project please visit the Learning Beyond the Boundary website.

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