Sport Games for Primary School

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Sport Games for Primary School
Choose games other than traditional team games for sport games at your school. (sports medicine image by Keith Frith from

When choosing sport games to play in gym class at school, choose games that allow everyone to participate. Choosing games that do not favour the athletically gifted students will allow everyone to participate and have a chance at being a winner. The games chosen can include activities for poor weather days, but should also include games to get out and enjoy the fresh air on good weather days.

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Lifetime Sports

When organising games for your gym class, choose sport games that can be played throughout the child's life. Some of these include tennis, volleyball and bowling. Each of these games can be played by students with various levels of physical abilities. Even those who are not the most athletic in the class can learn to hit a tennis ball or volleyball, or to roll a bowling ball. These sport games promote physical activity among students of all skill levels.

Physical Fitness

Spend time playing games that emphasise physical fitness and not just competition. Teach the children how to use roller skates or a bike. Races can be held in the gym class, and the student will learn an activity to do outside the classroom as well. Not many children have ropes to climb outside of a gym, but they do have areas to ride a bike or roller skate.

Agility Games

Develop games that help teach children agility skills in gym. These games could include classic activities such as skipping rope. Have a competition to see who can get the most jumps in a row without falling down or getting caught by the rope. Another agility drill involves moving from station to station and doing different activities during gym class. These activities could include riding an elliptical machine, a stair climber, or passing a medicine ball back and forth with a partner. Another option is to purchase a dance game such as "Dance Dance Revolution" and have students compete for the high score at several stations with the game in the gym.

Outdoor Games

Play classic outdoor games that promote fitness and teamwork. An example could be capture the flag. Players compete trying to capture the other team's flag. A player is eliminated if he is tagged by an opponent or has a flag she is wearing on her belt removed from her. The first team to capture the other team's flag and return to home base is the winner. For a twist on this, instead of tagging the opponent, give each player a foam ball. If you are hit by the foam ball thrown by someone on the other team, you are out.

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