Game Changers: Revision with a difference

We’re all at that point in the year when revision, revision, revision takes hold and most year 11 classes are looking through exam question after exam question. One thing we must remember is that most students choose PE because they LOVE PE so why do we sit them in the classroom? Will they remember it like the lesson they scored 3 goals/ got 2 wickets/ beat their PB?

We looked at how we could make exam practice more practical and adapted some old favourites:

1. Multiple choice ball
Basically this is a game of dodgeball 4 v 4. Each player wears a bib with an answer written on it (same for both teams). The game starts with a multiple choice question being read out. The whistle goes and students play regular dodgeball. The team who hits the player with the correct answer on their bib wins. The players then swap with the next 4 players now with different answers on.

All this game requires is the preparation of the answers. Once the students are briefed on changing the bibs / answers in between games it all runs smoothly. As an extension task while the next set of players are waiting to come on they can be brainstorming what could their multiple choice question possible be??

The game can also be extended to include more players at a time by using an 8 mark question. Some answers on the bibs would be correct / some incorrect. Teams must hit the players with the correct answers during a timed game. At the end of the time the win goes to the team with the most correct answers. A time-out element can also be added to the lesson to formally practice writing down the answer.

2. Connect 4 / Connect All
Asda sell connect 4 for £6. We have adapted a number of game sets, each relevant to a pe topic (e.g. Training methods). Each piece has key words / phrases stuck to it. The game plays out similar to how solo hexagons are used. To be able to place a piece in the frame you must place it next to another word and verbalise the connection of each. For example ‘interval training’ / ‘rest’. Because each set is specific to one exam area there are lots of connections to be made. Winner is the player to use all of their pieces.

So set your classroom up as a ‘connect all’ tournament with students visiting each topic area on a rotation.

3. Jenga

Another bargain game- £4 on ebay. On each block write questions. Students play the game in tables of 4. As they pull out a block they have to answer one of the questions on it. If they get the answer correct they are allowed to place the block back onto the tower. If they answer the question incorrect the block is removed from the game. The winning team is the team who has the tallest block at the end of the allocated game time. With 4 large sides on each piece, 4 questions can be added to each block so questions aren’t always repeated. Use the ends of each piece to identify the difficulty of the questions by colour coding.

So what games can you adapt to create a game changer?