Year 3 OAA Lesson 4

Learning Intentions

  1. Respond to problems in a group situation
  2. Identify what worked well and what they need to improve when working as a group
  3. Play competitively and fairly

Success Criteria

  1. I can work with my group to solve problems
  2. I know what I need to do to improve
  3. I can play fairly in a game

National Curriculum Links

Work Cooperatively

Literacy and Numeracy Links

L Effective communication in a large group/listening/speaking in turn
N Estimating the size of the circle and how many moves to get to the other side in shark infested water

Starter Activity

Tag Ball

Select 1 or 2 players to be ‘taggers’, each tagger has a ball, taggers should wear a bib. The taggers must attempt to get players out by hitting them below the knees with a small soft ball. Once a player has been hit they collect a bib from the side and join back in the game as a tagger, but the number of balls in play remains the same. The taggers should cooperate passing and retrieving the ball to get players out.

Extension: the number of balls in play could be increased, be mindful that this does not overcomplicate the game. The game is over when all players are tagged or a significant period has passed.

Activity

Shark infested water
Split the class into larger groups of 8-10; play the challenge in 2 ways

  1. Give every pupil a floor spot/small hoop OR
  2. Give each group 3 gym mats (will not work with the very heavy gym mats)
  • The group must start behind the line with their equipment and move everyone to the other side of the room behind the finish line without touching the ground
  • They must retrieve all their equipment from the shark-infested waters and behind the line to be finished

Extension: take away a gym mat or a spot or two from each group. Groups may not talk to each other.

OAA lesson plan diagram

Activity 2

All Aboard
The purpose of this activity is to get the groups to trust one another and cooperate to fit into as small a circle as possible.

  1. Remaining in their group of 8—10 arrange a piece of rope on the floor in a circle of equal size for each group
  2. The rope circle should be such as size that the group can all stand inside but close to one another
  3. Slowly reduce the size of the rope circle, this will require pupils to cooperate to ensure they are all standing inside the circle, this may involve linking hands or physically supporting
  4. one another
  5. Allow teams to attempt their own sized circle after a couple of attempts led by the teacher
  6. The winning team is the team that gets all their members standing inside the smallest rope circle

Extension: Teams may not talk to each other. Put two teams together and repeat the task.

Teaching Points

  1. All the activities are cooperative and require every team member to take part to succeed. Encouraging the pupils to recognise this and therefore see helping each other as a way of succeeding
  2. Where possible have mixed gender and ability teams
  3. If you do not have access to ropes or string, various sized hoops can be used to replicate the circles for teams to stand in, or spots used to make a patch on the floor that can get smaller

Key Questions

  1. Why can we not complete today’s tasks alone?
  2. Why is helping others benefit them and you?
  3. What could you have done differently in any of the activities to improve your performance?

Year 3 OAA Lesson 4

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Learning Intentions

  1. Respond to problems in a group situation
  2. Identify what worked well and what they need to improve when working as a group
  3. Play competitively and fairly
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Success Criteria

  1. I can work with my group to solve problems
  2. I know what I need to do to improve
  3. I can play fairly in a game
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National Curriculum Links

Work Cooperatively

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Literacy and Numeracy Links

L Effective communication in a large group/listening/speaking in turn
N Estimating the size of the circle and how many moves to get to the other side in shark infested water

Year 3 OAA Lesson 4

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Starter Activity

Tag Ball

Select 1 or 2 players to be ‘taggers’, each tagger has a ball, taggers should wear a bib. The taggers must attempt to get players out by hitting them below the knees with a small soft ball. Once a player has been hit they collect a bib from the side and join back in the game as a tagger, but the number of balls in play remains the same. The taggers should cooperate passing and retrieving the ball to get players out.

Extension: the number of balls in play could be increased, be mindful that this does not overcomplicate the game. The game is over when all players are tagged or a significant period has passed.

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Activity

Shark infested water
Split the class into larger groups of 8-10; play the challenge in 2 ways

  1. Give every pupil a floor spot/small hoop OR
  2. Give each group 3 gym mats (will not work with the very heavy gym mats)
  • The group must start behind the line with their equipment and move everyone to the other side of the room behind the finish line without touching the ground
  • They must retrieve all their equipment from the shark-infested waters and behind the line to be finished

Extension: take away a gym mat or a spot or two from each group. Groups may not talk to each other.

OAA lesson plan diagram
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Activity 2

All Aboard
The purpose of this activity is to get the groups to trust one another and cooperate to fit into as small a circle as possible.

  1. Remaining in their group of 8—10 arrange a piece of rope on the floor in a circle of equal size for each group
  2. The rope circle should be such as size that the group can all stand inside but close to one another
  3. Slowly reduce the size of the rope circle, this will require pupils to cooperate to ensure they are all standing inside the circle, this may involve linking hands or physically supporting
  4. one another
  5. Allow teams to attempt their own sized circle after a couple of attempts led by the teacher
  6. The winning team is the team that gets all their members standing inside the smallest rope circle

Extension: Teams may not talk to each other. Put two teams together and repeat the task.

Teaching Points

  1. All the activities are cooperative and require every team member to take part to succeed. Encouraging the pupils to recognise this and therefore see helping each other as a way of succeeding
  2. Where possible have mixed gender and ability teams
  3. If you do not have access to ropes or string, various sized hoops can be used to replicate the circles for teams to stand in, or spots used to make a patch on the floor that can get smaller

Key Questions

  1. Why can we not complete today’s tasks alone?
  2. Why is helping others benefit them and you?
  3. What could you have done differently in any of the activities to improve your performance?