Redmarsh Special Needs School Case Study
School Name: Red Marsh Partnership Name: Wyre and Fylde SSP (Fleetwood) Your Name: Ian Squire Address: Red Marsh School, Holly Rd, Thornton, Lancs Postcode: FY5 4HH
Urban Rebounding at Sporty Warriors Club – The Challenge;
What did you want to do? (What problem did you want to address?) Engage all in our club, Sporty Warriors, an after school multi sports club for 11 – 19 year olds with disabilities / special educational needs. The children and young people, (CYP) are from Red Marsh School (SLD/PMLD/ASD) and Great Arley School (MLD/ASD). The main thing we wanted to do was allow enjoyment in using the rebounders, as well as increase skills, balance, coordination, fitness, core strength and agility at the appropriate level for the CYP.
Meeting the Challenge
What did you do? (How did you do it? What strategies have you used?)
We applied for a grant for the rebounders and the training which took place May 2010 at Fleetwood Sports College, now Fleetwood High School. Two members of staff from Red Marsh School completed the training. The rebounders were delivered to Millfield High School where we hold our Sporty Warriors Club, Thursdays, 3.30 til 4.30 pm. We have used the rebounders weekly from December 2010 with a group of about 10, including 3 or 4 sports leaders. The trained staff lead the activities with the core moves (these are a combination of different coordinated movement patterns that requires left/right brain integration whilst bouncing at the same time ) We then encourage each participant to do a move, the trained person assesses its safety, then we all copy. This has worked well, giving ownership to the CYP.
We also play lots of ball games using the rebounders, using basketballs, footballs, quoits and small balls whilst bouncing or keeping balanced on the rebounder which requires core stabilisation. The emphasis is on fun.
We end with some core exercises (jumping jacks, twists, side to side movements, forward and back jumps, straddles, military press or arms above shoulder movement, quarter turn rotations) and stretches.
All pupils who want to have a go have had at least one session on the rebounders.
Some choose to do it every week. We have 2 sports coaches leading games with the rest of the club at the same time. About 22 CYP attend the club plus 4 sports leaders from Millfield School, plus 4 staff from Red Marsh and 2 from Great Arley, plus 2 other adult volunteers. There is therefore a high ratio of helpers to assist on the rebounders, as seen in the photos. Impact
What difference has this made? (What differences are you seeing in young people e.g. attitude, behaviour, achievement and attainment? What evidence do you have?)
Attitude is excellent, they love to use the rebounders and attitude very positive Behaviour is excellent, they listen and follow instructions, they like having their very own rebounder in own space
Achievement: many have achieved, increasing skills week by week Attainment? No evidence for this but I feel as fitness increases, as well as other skills, so confidence increases which in turn has an impact on attainment. Many CYP ask if can use the rebounders each week, they really look forward to the sessions.
Do you have a specific example of a young person who has benefitted from participating in the project? (What differences are you seeing? What element of the young person’s 5 hour entitlement has this provided? What have the benefits been?)
Alex is a very quiet shy boy. He is 12 years old. He did not take part in sport out of school. He has recently started coming to Sporty Warriors. He has taken very well to rebounding. He follows instructions very well. AT first his coordination was poor and he was quite unsteady just standing on the rebounder. Now, after several sessions he can do most of the core moves. He creates a move for others to follow. He interacts with others much more readily. When his mother collects him he enthusiastically tells her what he has been doing. Rebounding has had a very positive impact on Alex. He tells his teacher at school about it and his confidence has increased. This I am sure will impact on his attainment in other areas. Why did it work? (What were the critical factors which made this work for you?) It worked because first of all it was different to anything the CYP had tried before. They like having their own rebounder. CYP with ASD love to bounce. It is part of the stimulation of their proprioceptive sense. Movement such as bouncing and spinning are great. The moves are great to try to coordinate together as a group. The games we play are fun. The setting is after school club, there is an element if choice, the CYP choose rebounding or games, so the ones who choose rebounding really want to do it. It has been great to allow the sports leaders take a lead under supervision. It has been a winner all round and we will continue to develop Urban Rebounding here and in school.
Quotes from Students –
“I love to bounce. It is fun”, Alex, aged 12, Red Marsh School
“I like it” (laughing), Reece, aged 11, Great Arley School
Quotes from Instructors/Teachers– “I am sure that as fitness increases using the urban rebounders, as well as many other skills such as balance, coordination, timing and agility, so confidence increases which in turn will have an impact on attainment in many other areas. I think Urban Rebounding is an excellent tool for many skills and the Children and young people are really enjoying using the rebounders.
I have observed an increase in balance, coordination and control as the weeks have progressed as well as increased fitness and stamina with our groups. They like the ball games on the rebounder we play. We often make games up and the sports leaders from Millfield School have been great assisting and supporting.
What’s more it’s great fun and the children and young people just love the sessions” – Ian Squire, Inclusion SSCO, Wyre and Fylde SSP