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PUTTING ACTION IN EDUCATION A


ball1 is an innovative education concept that uses number and let er balls to combine physical


activity with academic and social learning. Challenging the traditional concept of stationary (or sedentary) classes, Aball1 stimulates pupils by using a game-based approach to teach and solve both physical and theoretical tasks. Sedentary behaviours and children’s


fi tness continue to be a huge concern for government, academics, physicians and the general public; Aball1 tackles both, taking elements of popular sports such as athletics, football, bowling and biathlon with low-level competition to bring to life English and maths lessons. Aball1 can also be used to teach other subjects. For example, Right to Play and the Red Cross have used Aball1 games to teach health education. Based on a popular and proven method


of kinesthetic learning, Aball1’s concept utilises a set of 50 balls: 25 red and 25


blue. Each ball has a let er and a number printed on it, A-Z and 0-9, which turns them into objects which can be used for teaching, incorporating movement and academic learning so that pupils remain both engaged and active at the same time. With more than 200 games (the new


resources comprehensively support academic progression through KS1 and KS2 maths), Aball1 supports learning objectives across the national curriculum, improving the development of students both inside and outside the classroom. The easy-to-implement games can be incorporated into any lesson plan and can be used for children of all ages and abilities.


“One of our main goals is to get


children more active, more often,” says Gladiator Education (Aball 1) managing director Kieran Nokes. “Aball1 encourages students to thoughtfully engage with each other, the teacher and the task, all while having fun.” Not only is Aball1 a fun teaching


method, the sessions create an inclusive environment with opportunities for every participant to practice teamwork, developing ‘soft skills’ such as communication, critical thinking and empathy as well as self-esteem and a real sense of achievement. Aball1 is used with over 135,000 pupils


in the UK, Norway, DR Congo, Sierra Leone and Pakistan and can be adapted for any country in almost any language. iE


Aball1 E: Kieran.Nokes@aball1.com T: 07500 870019 W: www.aball1. com Facebook/Twit er/Instagram @ aball1offi cial


11-12 November 2014. Manchester Central Exhibition, Conference & Awards


Creating Learning Environments


To bring out the best in people, we need to make the most of our buildings, whether we’re working with existing premises or starting from scratch.


Comprising a two-day exhibition & conference Education Estates brings the education sector together to share best practice and learn from each other. The exhibition will showcase products and services that are leading the way by providing innovative solutions for the UK’s schools, colleges and universities.


Supporters: To register to attend


Education Estates visit www.educationestates.com


For information about stand availability and prices please contact Jay Stacy on 01892 518877 or jaystacy@stepex.com


Event Sponsors: Charity Partner:


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