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Physical education, games and sports in general are now considered to be an essential part of a student's education in schools around the world.
Studies have proved that children can benefit in many ways from participating in regular sports in schools and these can include netball, football and even dancing and swimming.
Apart from the obvious health and well-being benefits, playing sports and participating in games is thought to vastly improve a student’s confidence, mental alertness and self-esteem and is also considered to be a great way to make new friends and, at the same time, encourage team building.
Sports day memories
How many of you, I wonder, have memories of School Sports Days from when you were small?
Even from a very early age, children have enjoyed the camaraderie of being part of a team and competing with other children in events such as ‘egg and spoon race’, ‘sack race’ and ‘three legged race’.
Parents and Grandparents are often invited to visit the school on Sports Day to cheer on their children and sometimes even participate themselves by joining in a parent’s race!
School sports badges and medals from Capital Badges - a great way of encouraging and rewarding sports day students
Of course, there is always a certain element of competition on Sports Day and at the end of the afternoon, a prize giving ceremony is always an exciting and much anticipated event.
What better way to motivate your budding young athletes than the prospect of being awarded a shiny medal on a beautiful coloured ribbon or even a stunning school sports badge in your school’s house colours?
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Likewise, if medals are your school’s prize of choice, our range is extensive. But if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, our friendly team will be happy to assist.
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On September the 1st, 2014, schools across the country adopted the government's new curriculum. It had its supporters and detractors, but whether or not you agree with the change is probably in the past. Now you have to focus on how to make sure pupils get the most from the new curriculum. We want to look at how the change in subjects affects the ways in which you encourage and reward your pupils, whether with prizes, awards, or achievement badges.
Why awarding pupils is important for success
From the moment they start school, children are eager to impress, be praised, and demonstrate that they are good at something. This drive to succeed can help them to learn, as it encourages them to concentrate and pay attention, complete their work to the highest possible standard, and go beyond expectations to prove themselves. Rewards such as certificates and badges help to encourage pupils in their quest for excellence by adding an external incentive to their internal motivations. Students awarded badges for taking on a special role or attaining a certain achievement will wear them with pride.
Does the new curriculum encourage a system of rewards?
One of the things critics and supporters of the new curriculum almost unanimously agree on is that it is tough. The curriculum places higher expectations and demands upon pupils from the start. Primary school pupils will have to learn about the solar system in science, and when it comes to computers they should understand what an algorithm is, and how to write and debug basic programs. These higher expectations naturally mean that pupils (not to mention teachers) will have to work harder to meet the new standards.
Encouraging children to learn can sometimes be hard enough without added pressures. Teachers have to figure out ways of getting children to engage with completely new topics, such as coding, as well as older topics like English and Maths. Whether in primary or secondary education, students need to be kept engaged and connected with the subject matter.
The role of badges and rewards in the new curriculum
The change in curriculum has certainly opened up opportunities for new awards and incentive schemes, simply by virtue of including new topics and requirements. Mostly, though, it seems as though the idea of rewarding and encouraging pupils will stay the same. Getting children to engage with subjects, whether old or new, requires the same mixture of skills, time, planning, activities, tailoring and rewards. Badges are always going to be an easy, convenient way of encouraging pupils to perform better, regardless of changes to the curriculum.
Want some help getting your pupils to give topics and projects their full attention? Check out the range of reward, team, and title badges available on our website for cost effective and practical options.