As part of Diversity Week, and in a bid to foster creativity, critical thinking, and inclusivity, Year 7 and 8 pupils recently participated in an engaging project based learning day.
Pupils were tasked with discussing and creating a new sport specifically designed for individuals with disabilities. This innovative educational initiative aimed to empower pupils to think outside the box, collaborate effectively, and contribute to the development of a more inclusive society. Throughout the day, pupils displayed remarkable enthusiasm, empathy, and problem-solving skills, ultimately leading to the creation of a unique and accessible sport.
The day commenced with pupils coming together to discuss ideas for a sport that could be enjoyed by people with disabilities. Recognising the importance of inclusivity, the pupils were encouraged to consider various disabilities, such as mobility impairments, visual impairments, and sensory impairments. Under the guidance of their teachers, pupils engaged in thoughtful discussions, sharing personal experiences and perspectives, and generating innovative concepts.
Once the initial ideas were presented, the teams explored the feasibility of their concepts and identified potential challenges and opportunities. With a focus on accessibility, adaptability, and fun, pupils began designing the rules, equipment, and playing field for the proposed sport. They also discussed ideas to ensure that individuals with different disabilities could actively participate and enjoy the game.
The project based learning day not only allowed pupils to exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills but also fostered empathy, understanding, and a deeper appreciation for inclusivity. Through their engagement in this hands-on experience, pupils recognised the importance of considering diverse abilities when designing sports and recreational activities. They also developed a sense of empowerment, understanding that they have the ability to contribute to a more inclusive society by creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities to actively participate and enjoy sporting events.
The day ended with teams pitching their new sports to their fellow peers as well as a panel of judges, who then voted on their top three. Results are as follows:
3rd place: Shoulder Ball by Fletcher, Sebastian and Rory
2nd place: Disabled Equestrian Cross-Country by Francesca, Holly, Oscar and Liam
1st place: Wheelchair Ice Hockey by Jessica, Matty, Amber and Jessica
Congratulations to all those who took part in the day!