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  1. 1. Throwing & Catching Unit Plan School Name: Unit title: Throwing & Catching KLA(s): Health and Physical Education Year level(s): 3 Duration of unit: 5 Weeks Years 3 and 4 Content Descriptions / The Australian Health and Physical Education Curriculum Movement & Physical Activity Practice and refine fundamental movement skills in different movement situations (ACPMP043). Perform movement sequences which link fundamental movement skills (ACPMP044) Practice and apply movement concepts and strategies (ACPMP045) Understanding Movement Combine the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people when performing movement sequences (ACPMP047) Learning Through Movement Adopt inclusive practices when participating in physical activities (ACPMP048) Being Healthy, Safe and Active Identify and practice strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036) Context for learning (elite team or upper primary (4-7) curriculum) Aim & Of Unit There will be 24 students from a year 3 Health and Physical Education class that will participate in a 5-week unit plan, where they will learn the correct technique and method of throwing and catching. Students over the 5 weeks period will participate in a number of activities that aim to teach them the skills and techniques required to be successful in the area of throwing and catching. In the year three classrooms there will need to be differentiated instruction in order to cater for a particular student with Down Syndrome. Students will in this unit develop an understanding of throwing and catching. The students will learn new skills and techniques to effectively and successfully perform the desired movement. Students by the end of the unit will apply the fundamental movement and hopefully be able to manipulate skills within this movement to demonstrate their progression.
  2. 2. Throwing & Catching Unit Plan Rationale In this unit plan students will individually and collaboratively make decisions, apply skills and take action to promote their own physical ability and personal development. This unit plan aims to teach or improve students Throwing and Catching skills. Students will be exposed to simple combinations and cues, which will enable them to understand the correct process of throwing and catching. At the beginning of the unit, lesson 1, the teacher will pre-test the students throwing ability and video record students performance, so that at the commencement of the unit, significant justification can be made on individual learning and comments can be made about the students effort and commitment to the unit. Throwing and catching skills are an important component of many games and activities played by students in lower primary school. It is important that students are provided opportunity to practice and rehearse this skill, as it is an important skill required later in middle school for a number of school sports. Within this unit the students will be given a significant amount of opportunity for hands-on practice at developing throwing and catching skills. Stephen Billett supports my approach and suggests that teachers should provide as much hands on learning to students as possible as studies show that students learning is most beneficial through practice-based learning (Billett, 2010). The unit plan has been designed incorporating 5 lessons over a period of 5 weeks. You will find that each lesson has been set out with a detailed aim and learning goals clearly stated. Most of the lessons include suggested activities and examples that could be implemented in order for students and teachers to reach the goals of the lessons. The lessons have been designed to progress from low-level complexity and move towards a higher complexity level by the end of the unit. Focusing on implementing the idea of the gradual release of responsibility model. The lesson has been designed so lesson activities are easily adjusted and extra differentiated planning has occurred for the lessons in order to cater for the student with Down Syndrome As an overview, Lesson 1: Throwing Cues In this lesson the students will learn cues and skills relevant to throwing and be given opportunities to practice and apply the new knowledge. This lesson wills incorporate a significant amount of teacher demonstrations and discussion about the effects of applying the incorrect and correct techniques. Lesson 2: Catching Cues - In this lesson the students will learn cues and skills relevant to catching, Students in the lesson will be given several opportunities to practice and apply new knowledge. This lesson will have a number of demonstrations and explanations that are teacher directed for the students to learn the correct techniques of catching from different heights and angles. Lesson 3: Catching and Throwing with Accuracy In this lesson the students will be active participants in a number of activities where they are provided with
  3. 3. Throwing & Catching Unit Plan opportunities to apply their throwing and catching skills learnt in previous lessons and test their accuracy. This lesson will include a number of rotations where students move around and get involved at each station. Lesson 4: Partner/Small group Throwing & Catching games In this lesson the games have been selected so that the students are able to demonstrate their strengths and weaknesses in both throwing and catching and the teacher in this lesson can observe and assess students performances. Lesson 5: Class Game After a small warm up. The Whole class will engage games of dodge ball. In the game, the teacher can cue students and provide mental reminders of hints and tips that focus students thinking on their throwing and catching skills. The unit also takes into consideration safety issues teachers need to consider. Some safety issues that need to be considered for this unit include; Providing adequate warm-up and cool-down exercises prior to and following lessons Having students throw in the same direction during drill activities to avoid possible injury Encourage students to be sun-safe. Students will be asked to demonstrate their learning across the unit and they will be assessed against the following assessable elements. Students need to demonstrate evidence of their learning over time in relation to the following assessable elements: Knowledge and understanding Investigating Planning Implementing and applying Reflecting.
  4. 4. Throwing & Catching Unit Plan Summary of Unit Outcomes Assessment overview By the end of this unit students should be able demonstrate an ability to: Refine fundamental movement skills and movement concepts and strategies in different physical activities to solve movement challenges. Student will create and perform movement sequences using fundamental movement skills taught to them and demonstrate and apply the correct elements of throwing and catching. Students will have knowledge of; Throwing methods and cues for Underarm, over arm, chest passing and bounce passing. Catching cues Strategies and Tips for improving catching and throwing accuracy Games that require them to apply correcting throwing and catching techniques. Students will be able to demonstrate the following skills that are necessary for them to show that they understand the technique involved with the skill throwing and catching. 1) Correct Grip fingertips only, clean palm. 2) Eyes on the target 3) Stand side on to target (opposite shoulder faces target) 4) Take throwing arm back straight behind your body 5) Step towards the target with foot opposite throwing arm 6) Turn to face the target as you step 7) Throwing arm follows down and across body. The following assessment experiences have been integrated into this unit of work. Assessment for learning (formative) Each lesson students will be told what it is in the lesson they are learning and what it is that the teacher expects of them. As part of an ongoing, process each lesson the teacher will complete and observation on each student in the lesson. This checklist will include areas of learning that is relevant to the students summative assessment task at the end of the unit. In weeks, 1-3 observation checklists will be made and feedback can be given to the students based on these checklists at the end of the lesson. The process of collecting this datas also allows teachers to reflect on the students improvement and learning. Giving the students feedback as to what they need to work on and apply in next lessons will essentially enforce students to work hard to apply these components so they can receive the best possible result in their summative report. This feedback will be very constructive with the use of checklist observations being made on students success. An example of observation checklists can be found in the appendix (1) Assessment of learning (summative) The summative assessment for this unit is where the students need to demonstrate their ability to apply the correct technique for throwing and catching in a game situation. The Assessment rubric can be found in appendix (2). The assessment will be modified to cater for the student with Down Syndrome. Rather than observing and requiring students to apply in a high intensity game where they may be unfocused, this student can be asked individually to show me the correct elements step by step. This way the student can also verbalise what they are doing and the teacher can note that the student understands the process.
  5. 5. Throwing & Catching Unit Plan Learning experiences and teaching strategies (What they will do each session & Coaching Cues) Adjustments for needs of learners Resources/ Equipment WEEK 1 LESSON ONE: Skill- Throwing Methods & Cues Assessment Checklists & Observations Aim: In this lesson, students will learn cues and skills that are important in mastering the correct throwing technique. In this, lesson student