“Can we play Hula Hut Throwdown? This question was commonplace throughout the week”
Hello PE Umbrella Community!
I hope you have all had a superb half term break (if you’re in the UK) and are re-energised and enthusiastic to be returning to work this coming week. I myself have had a thoroughly rewarding and exciting experience this week as I was part of a superb team at Sporting Influence leading on a half term activity camp at a local Primary School. It feels great knowing that the many children we worked with over the five days were keeping active and learning new skills with their time off from school. School time Physical Education plays an enormous role in shaping the opinions of our youngsters when it comes to physical activity, but this needs to be combined with regular opportunities outside of school hours if positive lifelong habits are to be formed.
Above all else, as I reflect on the week, it was refreshing for me to teach more ‘non traditional’ games to children, many of which they had never played before. This included Capture The Flag, Dodgeball, and Tchoukball, all of which were received brilliantly well. However, there was one game that stood out above the rest and became a daily staple of the camp. That game was Hula Hut ThrowDown!
Below you can find a PDF copy of what I am calling ‘Hula Hut Throw Down UK’ and try it out for yourself. All credit for this game goes out to Ben Landers @thepespecialist. It was from first watching a video of him explaining this fantastic game that I first became aware of the game. From that point on I have trialled a variety of ways to use it in UK Primary Schools and this week I finally found a compromise that worked amazingly well! Please check out so many other awesome value bombs that Ben provides at The PE Specialist Website. One of the best things about this game in my opinion, are the endless ‘social’ opportunities it provides as the children are given designated roles and must truly work as a team to accomplish their goal. Leadership, communication, teamwork, compromise, and strategy all come into play, and due to the quick paced nature of the game, the children rotate roles on a regular basis. Once you have played it once, it will be without a doubt a game you return to time and again and your class will not stop talking about it!
So, listen to this weeks episode of The PE Umbrella at your own leisure to hear all about this awesome game. Grab the FREE PDF explaining all of the rules by clicking on the button above and take it into your school ready to play this week!
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