Here we see the Year 7N Sports in Education (SiE) class hard at work learning about lab equipment. One of the principles behind the SIE class is embedding what is known as 'active pedagogy.' The teachers of this class are taking traditional classroom-based tasks (such as labelling a Bunsen burner) and transforming them into activities where students need to be up and out of their seats. Key to their lesson design is being active and physical about their learning with a healthy dose of competition.
In the photo above, we can see the students are racing to collect words and explanations in order to return to label the diagram. We have found that the engagement and retention of the material increases but behaviour issues drastically decrease with these types of lessons. The premise behind the SiE class is to increase physical activity in an increasingly sedentary world and to help encourage boys to love what they are learning.