Ascot Park Primary School Specialist Soccer program is offered to both external and internal students from years 2-7.
Boys and girls of all ability levels can apply to be apart of the Specialist Soccer Program. If successful, students will be selected into the appropriate skill levelled program; Advanced, Intermediate or Development. Program groups are kept to a 12 students maximum to allow 1-on-1 individualised coaching for each athlete.
All programs are run by highly qualified and professional coaches and plan and implement high-level programs, aligned to the Australian Curriculum and FFSA training development programs.
Click on the link to check out our head coach: Nathan Fleetwood
Students who attend APPS and who are in a Specialist Sports Program have the opportunity to be selected into the School’s Sports Specialist class. The Sports Specialist class has no more than 15 students to a classroom. Individualised learning programs are developed and implemented for those students who miss learning or lesson time due to their sporting and training commitments.
The Football program is based on the Football Federation Australia National Curriculum. The program will focus on the Skill Acquisition Phase in particular developing the four core functional game skills when in possession of the ball.
- Striking the Ball– This includes all forms of striking the ball such as short/long passing, shooting and crossing
- First Touch– Controlling the ball with all allowed body parts.
- 1v1– All moves, feints and accelerations to get past and away for an opponent. Defensive strategies and techniques.
- Running with the ball– At speed (with a lot of space) or ‘dribbling’ (in tight areas), this includes techniques for protecting the ball and changing direction.
Training Session Outline
In every session the focus is on one of the core skills, from beginning until the end of the session. The Skill Acquisition session consists of 3 components:
Skill Introduction– this is the warm up as well as an introduction to the designated core skill for the session.
Skill Training– this is the part of the session where conscious teaching and learning of the designated core skill takes place.
Skill Game– A game where as much as possible all the elements of the real game are present in an organised way that the designated core skill has to be used regularly.
It is also important to note that decision making, awareness, game insight and problem solving are core components of all sessions and form an important part of learning.
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LEARNING AT HOME
You don’t need to be an expert or educator to help your child to learn at home. The Department for Education has published 2 documents to help you support your child in learning at home as well as staying healthy and active:
Teachers at school have also been working hard to provide meaningful and relevant learning programs which have been communicated through ClassDojo, Google Classrooms and home learning packs. We have also developed a suggested daily timetable to help you provide clear structure and routine to your child’s day.
At school, students have been learning about interoception, which is our 8th sense. It can broadly be defined as our conscious perception of our internal body signals which let us know how to respond to human needs or relate to our emotional experiences. Interoception is the pre-requisite for self-regulation.
Interoception activities take less than 2 minutes to complete and they help your child to identify their body signals, recognise when their body signals change and act or respond to these body signals for their self-regulation. The booklet provided has a range of activities that you can complete with your child and the whole family. You can complete these activities throughout the day, some examples could be:
- Starting their day with an interoception activity
- Break time between online lessons/activities
- Going for a walk or a bike ride
- Shooting some hoops or kicking a ball
- Playing on a swing set
- Jumping on a trampoline
The great thing about interoception activities is that you can create your own with your child. It can be any activity that changes your child’s body state and while encouraging them to notice how their body feels. To find out more information about interoception, please visit the Department for Education’s Interoception web page. If you have any questions or need further support with implementing interoception activities with your child, please contact your child’s teacher.
Dr Paul Swan has developed a support page https://drpaulswan.com.au/teaching-at-home/ to help parents in finding quality numeracy activities. The school has also provided students with dice and playing cards which will give them the opportunity to engage in problem solving using mathematical thinking processes and skills. Cards games also give children the opportunity to develop social skills such as sharing and taking turns. Games and activities can be found in the following eBooks:
Primary Connections is an innovative science program developed by the Australian Academy of Science which is aligned with the Australian Curriculum. They have developed a range of educational activities designed to be used at home.
Each four-page resource features:
- A short description
- Notes guiding preparation and resourcing
- Suggested questions to support student inquiry
- Student task sheets (may be printed, photographed or photocopied and sent to teachers upon completion)
- Ideas to explore further
Please click here to access the resources.