New resource brings the excitement of World Cup to the classroom

Schools and teachers around Australia are being encouraged to celebrate netball’s pinnacle event and get behind Captain Laura Geitz by running ‘Mini Netball World Cup’ tournaments in the classroom for Years 5-6.

Netball Australia has developed this new resource which offers lesson plans in Maths, English, Health and Physical Education, and is available free of charge to any teacher who signs up as a Netball School ambassador.

The best netballers from 16 countries are heading to Sydney next month for the Netball World Cup, the first time the tournament has been played in Australia in 24 years.

It will be an exciting tournament that will captivate a nation and the `Mini Netball World Cup’ will provide teachers with a unique opportunity to drive learning in their school and community and enhance general capabilities in their students.

Michael Donovan, a teacher and assistant principal at a primary school in regional Victoria, said he’s looking forward to incorporating the `Mini Netball World Cup’ resource into his curriculum.

“The students are excited about being able to watch the Netball World Cup, and then work in their own teams to complete the interactive lessons,” he said.

“Most of all, the kids are really keen to put on their own Mini Netball World Cup out in the playground and replicate what is happening in Sydney.

“It’s great for the kids to watch the videos and hear Australian Diamonds star Madi Robinson and commentator Kelli Underwood talk about the various roles they play during a tournament. It gives them a real life perspective.

“I encourage teachers to sign up to be an ambassador and download the resource; there are lots of valuable activities that are closely linked to the curriculum.”

The `Mini Netball World Cup’ 2015 is a 21st century schools program that consists of three standalone integrated units of work and optional lessons on teamwork that:

  • Primarily address teaching and learning outcomes in English, Mathematics, and Health and Physical Education;
  • Are mapped against the Australian Curriculum;
  • Have netball and world cup themes embedded as part of teaching and learning;
  • Use video and images of participating netball players and their teams as a core component of teaching and learning;
  • Is accessible to students across multiple intelligences and abilities;
  • Is ICT and media technology rich and digitally interactive for students;
  • Provide an opportunity to use social media as part of learning, and to showcase student work;
  • Allow students to promote and model team and collaborate values, and general capabilities as part of their learning;
  • Engages students through a global learning focus that has them showcasing their skills to a community audience.

You must be a Netball Schools Teacher Ambassador to access these resources, so click here to register. Click on the icons below to access the units of work – these are password protected, passwords provided when you register as an ambassador.

There is also a `handy hints’ document that teachers are encouraged to read before launching into the resource.