- Look at facts and write radio report on initial Ashes game
Personal learning and thinking skills
Literacy skills developed
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Going through the history of The Ashes series
Looking at the spirit in which cricket is supposed to be played
Identifying features of a good team player
Writing newspaper reports
Writing a cartoon strip
Developing timeline skills using times in a cricket match
Ranking and classifying information using cricket data
Practising co-ordinates using cricket fielding positions
Producing a budget for a cricket supporters trip
Exploring line graphs using cricket data
Exploring sporting rivalries
Using a cricketer to think about healthy eating
Looking at how cricket equipment has changed over the years
Making a collage to depict a certain aspect of cricket
Research and presenting on an aspect 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’.
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.
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.
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.
Ashes Schools Challenge
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