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Skillforce 30th November Walnut SH

Skillforce 30th November Walnut SH

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 30th November Walnut SH

Tank busters!

First you need two people. When you have got two people you get a blindfold. One person wears it, then the other person takes the beanbag, they are now the tank. If they hit you with a beanbag you get one of you lives taken off you. If you get all 3 lives taken off then you lose and just to make this harder the second person has to guide you. 

You need about 4 pairs of people to get this game started.  When you have been hit three times its time for you to swap over with the commander.  If you are playing a death match then if you get hit 3 times in the game mode then your out.  This is a game of skill and how quickly you can respond to instructions.



Riverbank  is a listening game.

When someone says river you jump forwards, if the say bank you jump back, if they say tiger you jump into the water, if they say crocodile you jump onto the bank, but they might say something like river then tiger and then if you jump back you lose, it’s a fun but hard game. If you're a bad listener this game might just help you improve. If you wobble over the line it counts and if you flinch it counts.



Planning charity event!


We have started planning a charity event. We have decided that we are going to do a fun game kind of event with some snacks from all around the world like maybe a Caribbean themed dish.

Made by Raynor


Tank Busters!!!

To play Tank Busters, you will need:



.people (family, friends…)

.cones (optional)

  • Scatter the beanbags on the floor and get into two’s, and decide who will be blindfolded for the first round.

Secondly, the person who is NOT BLINDFOLDED will stand outside the cones and when everyone is ready they will direct the other person to a beanbag.          When your partner has grabbed a beanbag, you tell them to turn to the direction you want and when they are ready you tell them to fire and they have to try hit another 'Tank'. If you get hit 3 times you're out and you swap places with your partner.

River bank!!!   

To play river bank you have somebody shouting the words:



-crocodiles (land)

- tigers (river)

1.) Everybody will line up but one person will shout one of the options above.

2.) If you jump or walk into the wrong spot…YOU'RE OUT!!!

3.) Swap places with each other so it’s fair.

4.) If you want to make the game harder, you can shout crocodile or tiger. (this game is very fun with school, friends or family.)                      


Charity event.  

In our class, we have been planning an event for charity. This is an event where everyone can take part.  We will be raising money with: food, games and many more events. This event will take part in the Summer Term. We hope you will enjoy.

 By Miya Oates.

                                                                        River Bank

At River Bank you had to jump over the line when the skill force instructor called.

When he said river you stay past the line, when he said bank if we stayed in for a long time he would say tiger and crocodile. If he said tiger you had jump over the line, if he said crocodile you had to go over the line.

If you are last to jump or you mess up you are out.

Last man standing wins


Charity event 

Walnut SH are doing a fundraising event to raise money and we are going to give the money to charity. It will take place on the cycle track we will get the money by playing fun games and selling tasty snacks.

By Tajay Marshall

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Skillforce 28th November Oak


Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 28th November Oak

We played 'Copy Me' tag, where you have to do actions while escaping from the person who is IT.

We also played 'Stepping Stones', where you have to get across the obstacles, but you have to keep contact with the mats or the teacher would take it away.

Finally we played Giants, Wizards and Elves. It’s a bit like rock, paper, scissors. The rules are: Giants beat Wizards,Wizards beat Elves and Elves beat Giants.

My favourite game was Giants, Wizards and Elves.


By Ryley

In Skill Force we played Stepping Stones. We had to work as a team to get across without stepping off the stones. We also played sometimes we had to hold on to each other so we won't fall.

Then we played tig, but we to had copy what the person who was It who ever got caught they it was same for them.

The last game we played was Wizard, Elf and Giant. It was a game where whoever was first had to run down their team line and whisper which action the team was going to do (I picked elf because it beats giant). Wizard beats elf, giant beats wizard. My team won.

We won, that’s all important.


By Samuel

In Skill Force I took part in this game called Stepping Stones. To play the game correctly you have to have at least 10 players. You lay cones as a path and you need mats, hoops and tiny hurdles. After you have laid them out you need to put two cones at the start and when you have gone past them you can't touch the floor, you can only touch the mats.

Another game is Copy Me Tig.

To play this game you need to have someone that is It. They have to shout out ways of movement. When they have said the movement they can tig someone [they have to do the movement they said]. When another person is tug they have to change the movement and do all the same.


By Maddison

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Skillforce 23rd November Walnut JD

Skillforce 23rd November

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 23rd November Walnut JD

Today in Skillforce we played Big Step

How to play: you have to get in to a group of 2 or more, hold hands with the person next to you, take 1 step at the same time and put your foot on the floor at exactly the same time as every body else in your team.

The qualities you need to use in big step are: teamwork, trust, listening and cooperation.

We also had time to make objects out of pipe cleaners. We had a class vote and the winner was Romeo who had made a monocle.


BY Jamie Pearson

In today's lesson of Skillforce we made stuff out of pipe cleaners. We made whatever we wanted. We were given one pipe cleaner each and had five minutes to create something entertaining like a yo-yo, some glasses or even a bracelet.

We  also played Fishy, Fishy, Fishy.

What we do is that we are all lined up, then the shark says,  "Fishy, fishy, fishy come swim in my sea". Then the fish say, "Sharky, sharky, sharky you can`t catch me". Then we all run to the other side of the sea. Whoever gets caught is seaweed. They join the sharks team and try and catch the fishes .

We have another game called BIG STEP and we all walk at the same time and try not to stop or you will have to start all over again. It is hard, because when someone says to step if your team are not listening you will have to start again.

By Thomas Turley

Last session we played with pipe cleaners. We needed to make something with the pipe cleaners in 5 minutes. After that we needed to see which pipe cleaner is the best in our table, then those people who had the best one had to come up at the front and tell us what they made. Also we could only have ONE PIPE CLEANER EACH! One person made a yo-yo,  one made a dog, and another one made a baby.

In Skillforce we played Big Step. First we needed to get into groups then we had to give ideas of how we could get over the line at exactly the same time. Then we tried to get over the line at the same time. After that we had to join with a other group and do it at the same time. We were getting close. To finish we had a battle to see who could do it perfectly. 

By Lursia 

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Skillforce 14th November Oak

Skillforce 14th November

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 14th November Oak

We played Trenchie Trenchie 

You had to be blind-folded and your partner helps you get past an obstacle course

If you don’t you will have to go back to the beginning.

After you finish your partner has to do it as well.

My tactics are remembering where they are.

I have used: self control  by not being silly with my partner.

By Cody

Today we played Mill and Grab were we were in an area and when the teacher shouted out a number we needed to get into those groups and if there was a team with less people than the number shouted those people would be out. If there were too many people in the team and you couldn’t decide who would go out all the team would be out. In this game I showed teamwork, listening and cooperation.

Next we played Trenchy Trenchy. The idea is simple; we needed to be in partners and one was blind folded, there were two types of obstacles: mats which were trenches and hurdles which were barbed wire. So we needed to lead our partners through this course. In this game I showed trust, listening and courage.

Finally, we played Battlefield Crossing were there was obstacles on the field and we walked in a straight line as if we were in the army and if we stepped on an obstacle we needed to stand still. The next round the teachers pretended they had guns and if they touched us we needed to stand still, in the end there were only about 5 people out of 30 left! In this game I showed self-control, optimism and listening.           


By Kristians   


Today we played Trenchy Trenchy, Battlefield and Mill and Grab.

How you play it is simple.

In Battlefield you have to pretend your in war and if you get tagged you have to get down and pretend your dead.

In Trenchy Trenchy  you have to be blind-folded and your partner has to guide you through the obstacle course.

You start off on the field and back.


Mill and Grab is when the teacher shouts a number you need to get into a group of the number that the teacher says, for example, if the person who says the number says five, you would get into a group of five. If you can't make the number you get sent out of the game.


By Suaybah                                                                                                   


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Skillforce 9th November Walnut JD

Solving The Matrix, Catching Fish and Crunching Numbers

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 9th November Walnut JD

We played Sharky Sharky!













In Skillforce we played Number Crunch.

How to play Number Crunch:

You need 30 plates with 30 numbers(1-30) and you need to tap the numbers in order.

My team got faster and faster each time by not messing up.


How to play:

You need to get to the other side without going in the wrong space.


How to play:

There is only one shark and there is also fish. The shark says, “Fishy, fishy, fishy come swim in my sea”, and the fish reply, “Sharky, sharky, sharky you can’t catch me” and then the fish try to get to the other side and if they get tug by a shark they will become seaweed and they can also catch the fish by waving their arms.




By Libby













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Skillforce 7th November Rowan

Skillforce 7th November

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 7th November Rowan


In Trenchy Trenchy you have a partner who would tell you were to go, but there were trenches. If you touched a trench or fell in it then you would get stuck, but because this is a game you would be out and then you would have to start again. You had to listen very carefully because you had to walk up steps so if you didn’t listen you might fall and hurt yourself.

That’s how you play Trenchy Trenchy.


Crossed Battle Axes Clipart #1








Image result for clipart trench

Trenchy Trenchy

In the game Trenchy Trenchy we needed to run and get low.

When Alex told us to run we would run. If he told us to get low we would have to get as low as we could or else we were out. When we were running if Alex, Liam and Mr Green tagged us we were out. Unless we were down low when they couldn’t get us. But if we were down low for too long we were out as well. Alex started timing us, he started at ten seconds and then he went down to five. After Alex had finished timing us he said that now we had to walk along without getting tagged. We could also get down low, but if you were down low for too long you were out.

Some people in Rowan class were used to running or just forgot that we needed to walk not run. Whatever the reason was the people who ran were out.

A few pupils in Rowan class managed to, on the walking part, get all the way across walking and getting down low. The people who got all the way across without either being tagged, down for too long or running were the winners.


Battlefield CrossingImage result for clipart blindfold

In Battlefield Crossing we were put in groups of two.

To achieve your goal at this game you had to have trust and self-belief.

One of us had to have be blindfolded and the their partner had to lead them across the battlefield keeping them safe.

By Emily


In Battle Crossing you have to get to the other side without being caught.

You need to run and duck down to get to the other side in the 1st round.

In the 2nd round Alex ,Liam and Mr Green can run when you have to walk (I was out). I found this mega unfair, but we had a surprise visit from Mrs Barrett and that made me happy and proud as I understood that being out was just part of the game.

Image result for clipart trench


To play this game you need a partner and a blindfold.

Your partner tells the blindfolded player where to go.

They need to use clear instructions and to keep your partner safe.

If the blindfolded player falls into a TRENCH you get negative points and may have to go back to the start.

To be successful at this game you have to have:

good communication skills,





self-belief and


By Sam


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Skillforce 19th October Walnut SH

Crunching Numbers and Solving The Matrix

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 19th October Walnut SH

Number Crunch

Number Crunch is a game where you have at least 20 numbers (one on each plate). This is a team game.

How to play

You will need 20 plates, a marker and a timer.

Start by putting the numbers 1-20 on the plates.

Then putting them anywhere on a table. Once placed you can’t move the numbers.

Then start the timer.

As quickly as possible whoever has number 1 will tap plate 1, then another player taps plate number 2 etc.

For this game to work you will have to use cooperation, resilience, trust and kindness.

By Hajra Hussain

Number Crunch

The first thing you do is you have to get into two teams

The second thing to do is to make sure both teams have the same amount of number crunch plates.

Then what you need to do is you need to be good if you want to have a race with the other team players!

When you do have a race with them you have to be skilled at listening and obviously no arguing!

Some advise

When you do play the game you have to be good at not arguing because if another team does win you shouldn’t argue because you should be grateful that they won, not sad that you lost!!


By Aamina Ali♥

Everyone is a winner not a loser !!!!!!

Number Crunch

Number crunch is a game where you have to use a LOT of listening and less daydreaming. You need to use lots of teamwork and not be angry at your teammates for not listening.

The first thing you have to do is go into two teams. The second thing you have to do is pick 2 to 3 numbers, that are on the plates. Then, you have to wait for someone to time your team on a stopwatch (like Liam and Karl did with us). After that you have to listen when it starts and then start pressing the numbers that you have picked. Some people do it for AGES but… the more you practise when doing this, you will go quicker and quicker!☻


To play this competitive game, you have to use teamwork.

To use teamwork in this game is to not be bossy, but tell people to always have their eye on the plates - nicely though.

You also need to use optimism and to think that even though the other team might win, it doesn’t mean you lose because no one is a loser!

Listening is the MOST IMPORTANT thing to do in this game because if, for example, you are the number 18 and you are not listening for number 17 and you are just staring into space, you will then definitely not win! But if you carefully listen then your team will go quicker unlike the other one!

By: Maja Kosmider ☻

math matrix by Anonymous                                                                                                  MATRIXmath matrix by Anonymous

Matrix is a strategy game where teammates need to watch and listen carefully to find the hidden trial across The Matrix. There is only one permissible route and only the leader (Liam or Karl) know the route. Taking the wrong route will slow down your team and send you to the back of the line.

To enjoy playing this game you need to use resilience and teamwork to help your team be successful.

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Skillforce Rowan 17th October

Beware Of The Mines!

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Rowan 17th October


You get  blind folded  and  your  partner   has  to  direct  you through the minefield of cones and beanbags to  get to the  end. If you touch a mine you explode and have to restart.


My house

In My House  there’s a runner and a chaser.

The runner has got to go to another player and say “That’s my house”.

The other player then becomes the runner and have to run away and approach another player and say “That’s my house”.

The game continues until the time is up.


Line Up

In this game the idea is to line up in the way that the instructor tells you.

We had to line up in height order (biggest to smallest) and then in birthday order.

Sometimes this game is played in silence with no-one talking or giving instructions.


This week I used:







Respect and Kindness.

By Dontay


Line up

Then you do order of your height without talking. Then Alex told us to line up in order of birthday and listen to Alex and copy him what he does.

That’s my house

Everyone stands at a cone. There will be a chaser and a chasee . The chaser would chase the chasee. When they catch them the chasee becomes the chaser and will go to a person on the cone and say “That’s my house.” After the person on the cone will get chased by the chaser.


You had to put on a blindfold and then you had to find a partner to direct you.  You had to follow instructions and you need to listen to your partner because people were talking. If you step on a bean bag or a cone you have to start again.    


In today’s session I used

Self -control




by Aminata


We needed to blindfold ourselves and use a partner to get us to the other side without letting the people who are blindfolded step on the mines. Alex put down cones and beanbags as mines and if you stood on a mine (BOOM!) you have to go back to beginning.


Line up

Alex told us to get in a line from smallest to biggest without speaking. We had to do the month order. Next we had to get in alphabetic order.


That’s my house

In That’s My House we had to stand by a cone and there was somebody who had to chase you. The person who is running can go up to someone and tag you. 


I used the following qualities to be successful at these games :



Teamwork and


By Theo G

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Skillforce Walnut JD 12th October

First Aid and The Recovery Position

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Walnut JD 12th October

Today's session


We  did  DR-AVPU  Help/999

(Danger, Response - Alert, Voice, Pain, Unresponsive)

The whole class took it in turns to pretend to be unconscious by lying on the floor.

To put the casualty into the RECOVERY POSITION

Place arm above the casualty's head and place the other arm across their face.

Reach across and lift their knee so you can turn them onto their side. Then straighten the knee to a 90 degree angle.

Check they can breathe.


River Bank


You've got to listen to the instructions what he says.  If you get caught you are out and help them get other out. Remember not to move if you do not need to!


By Lewen

In today's session we played


At the start of the game you have to get In a circle with one hand flat and the other finger on the other players palm.

When Liam shouts GOTCHA try and get hold of the other player’s finger, but not get your finger caught. If your finger is caught you are out!


River Bank

This is a simple game that is very complicated to explain.

Everyone sets up in a line next to a white line. Liam gives us an instruction. If he says RIVER/LION jump in the river. If he says CROCODILE/BANK you have to jump out of the river on to the bank. You are out if you twitch, if you jump when you shouldn’t or if you are too slow.


Recovery Position

Use the recovery position when someone is unconscious or cannot breath.

Check their airway and call out to see if you get a response. Tap their collar bone with crossed arms. Pinch their ears also. If they do not respond roll them into the recovery position.

By Lewis

We played “Gotcha

First all players stand in a circle. Players hold their right hand flat and put out their left finger. Fingers sit on top of open hands. Then Liam counts down from ten. He stops at a random number and shouts GOTCHA. As soon as he shouts all players have to try and grab a finger and at the same time move their finger away as fast as they can. Listening carefully helped your finger to escape capture.


Recovery Position

You would use the recovery position if a casualty was unconscious.  It helps them to breath.  However, you do not move the casualty into the recovery position if they have any injuries.  

Firstly, check the casualty for a response by talking to them ("Hello, hello, can you hear me? I am a first-aider"). If they do not answer tap on their collar bones. If still no response them you can put them into the recovery position.

Do a dab or high-five them to move their arms into the right position. Lift their leg up and count one, two, three then roll them over onto their side. Move their leg carefully.

This week I have used:







River bank

First, all players stand in a line. Players have to put their toes behind the line. If the person says river you jump on the river. If he says bank you jump on the bank. If you twitch you’re out or if you be slow you’re out.


 By Urooj

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Skillforce Oak 10th October

Frenzy and Hungry Snake

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Oak 10th October

On Wednesday we played a game called Hungry Snake.

To play Hungry Snake we needed to use teamwork and trust whilst playing.

In this game the rules were…

. You need to get a bean bag.

  . The leader lead us to the hoop.

  . The back person would drop it into the hoop.

. Everyone except the leader was blind-folded.

Also we played a game called frenzy on Wednesday. In the game we needed…

. Bean bags.

.A range of different coloured hoops.

. To be split into four different coloured teams.(Green, Yellow, Red and Blue).

Rhythm Master was the third game we played on Wednesday. To play this amazing game we had to …

Get into a circle and then Alex would choose a person from our class to move  out of the circle.

Then Alex would choose a class member to do a rhythm. Then the person out of the circle would come back in, stand in the middle and have a look around to see which member of the class had changed the rhythm, they had three guesses.

By Chantai


On Wednesday in Skillforce we played Frenzy

Alex split us into four teams. First we had to rush to the middle of the hoop with the beanbags, get 1 beanbag at a time. When all of the beanbags were gone. You had to steal from the other groups.

We also played rhythm master

Rhythm masters when you clap everyone else has to clap and the detective had to find out who the rhythm master is.

This week I used confidence, teamwork and listening. 

By Yahya    

On Wednesday, in Skillforce we played Hungry Snakes and Frenzy.

In Frenzy we had to rush into the middle of the fake grass and get the bean bags as soon as possible.

Then we had to retrieve them back to our hoop.

We also played Rhythm Masters.

First  everybody stands in a circle and Liam had to  pick somebody to be the rhythm masters. Then they had to do an action and the detective had to guess which class member did the rhythm.


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Skillforce Walnut SH 5th October

Dealing with bleeding and wounds

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Walnut SH 5th October

In Skillforce, we learnt about cuts and bleeding. We had a go at bandaging and what to do if someone had a bad wound on their hand or leg.

Sean laid on the table and pretended to be unconscious, Carl put him into a recovery position and treated him like someone would in real life. Then we did the same thing but in pairs and groups.

Liam showed us how to bandage a person's arm and leg. He said you put the padding on the main wound then cover the whole piece of padding by tightly wrapping the sterile bandage around the arm or leg.

Carl and Liam then showed us their medical chain which detects if the person who is unconscious has an illness or allergy and they then can be treated in the correct way.

To complete these tasks well we used caring, compassion and consideration

By Ellie


In Skillforce last week we watched a PowerPoint on how to treat bleeds.

Then Carl showed us all an example of how to treat bleeds.

I had to lay on a table and Carl pretended to treat me as an unconscious person by checking for broken bones and blood, plus any objects like a phone that he could use to call 999. Finally, he putting me in the recovery position. Then we all did the same thing but in groups.

After that Liam showed us his medical chain. Then Carl put a tourniquet on Markel.

After that we practised putting on a bandage and finally we had a competition for the best bandage.

Written by Sean Dobson

In the second week of first aiding in Skillforce we were shown a tourniquet which is used for very bad injuries.

You would apply a tourniquet by wrapping it around the wounded limb, making sure to apply it above the injury.

Then tighten using the rod until it is tight enough.

The point of a tourniquet is to reduce the blood flow to the wound area this will save casualty from losing blood and eventually dying.

By Ramaeo

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Skillforce Rowan 3rd October

Three New Games

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Rowan 3rd October

People to people

In this game you had to listen to Alex and Liam.

First you had to partner up in your small group, then Alex or Liam will say elbow to elbow, then you and your partner had to put your partners elbow to yours.

It gets difficult though you have to do elbow to elbow and knee to knee at the same time, the most important skill you need to be successful at people to people is concentration.

Thanks for reading by Mckenzie.

Alex and Tyrone are playing people to people.

Hungry Snake

All of these people are playing hungry snake.

In this game  you need to put blind folds on but the first person doesn’t have to because they have to look if they can see a beanbag pick it up and pass it down the line and then the first person has to lead the last person to the hoop. And then when the first person has had a couple of turns the other person who is behind the first person needs to have some turns  until all of them have had a turn.

Thank you for reading from Farhana .


In this game we were put into teams and the idea of the game was to get all the bean bags and put them in your groups hoop.

We  started  the first game.  We stood in a line and picked the bean bags and put them in a hoop as fast as we could. The other team won. I was happy for them and for our team because we can make our team better.

It was the second round we tried a different skill and it went well and we succeeded in that round. HOORAY!

It was the last round to try get a point. We tried to do it as fast as we could and it worked out well. The other teams tried their hardest and they won.

There are three skills to get your way to the top and help you win:




By Esther

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Skillforce Walnut JD 28th September


Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Walnut JD 28th September

The Rules for Saving someone's life

At Skillforce we did CPR and learnt two words to help us remember what to do in an emergency.

D R: A V P U 

D stand for Danger,

R stand for Response,

A stands for Alert,

V stands for Voice,

P stands for Pain,

U stands for Unresponsive

If no response call 999 or 112 to get help. 

 by Demi Melissa Bean 


At Skillforce last week we did Airway where we had to put our mouth on the dummy's and do what we have to do if you find someone unconscious .

First you would shout in their ear. If they still don’t respond cross your hands and tap the persons collar bone.Then hold their earlobe.

After that lift up their chin and then its time to do CPR on the dummy. If it helps when you do CPR sing 'Baby Shark' as it goes with the rhythm of CPR.

Repeat the CPR thirty times, then you do two rescue breaths.

After that call 999 or 112 to get  emergency help.

And that’s what you do if your in that situation.

Hope you enjoyed reading by Kiara.



SHARKY is a game were one person is SHARKY and the rest are the FISH who are supposed to get across the ocean.

SHARKY says fishy fishy come and swim in my sea

The FISH say sharky you can’t catch me.

Do not cheat (you can’t  move when you turn in to seaweed)

You might loss or win.


By Kyle

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Skillforce Oak 26th September

Skillforce Oak 26th September

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Oak 26th September

Skillforce by Ellie, Olivia and Oscar

Liam says 

Last week, Year 5 played Liam says by if Liam, who taught year 5, said Liam says and a command if you didn’t do the command you are out so it is basically Simon says. They used good listening, caring and courage.


They also played rattles by there are two people in the centre of a circle formed by the rest of the class one person is a snake the other is a mouse. The snake has to capture the mouse or the game will carry on until the mouse is captured. They used confidence , caring, kindness and respect.


Night line

When they played night line they chose their partners one person was blindfolded the other a guide. The guide, had to help the blindfolded person go past ropes to get to the end successfully to the end then swap with your partner. They used trust, kindness , teamwork and caring.



Last session, we played nightline with skill force. It’s a game where there is a rope through the climbing frame with obstacles in it such as hurdles to jump over. Hoops to crawl through and you go through tiny gaps.

You’re blind folded so you have a partner who tells you instructions. Oscar and Saleha used trust and listening whilst playing this game.

We used trust by trusting each over.

On the 26 September 2018, year 5 Oak did Gutterball and Speedball Ellie in particular really enjoyed doing the activities because they were both involved in ball games and ball games are her favourite. There were a variety of different groups named from colours of the rainbow. Then, they also did warm-up activities such as: Simon says and rattlers but in Simon says the leader would give you some instructions to follow and in rattlers two people were blindfolded and one person was a snake and the other was a tiny mouse.

Qualities she used really well were listening and trust she had to use these qualities because if she didn’t trust her partner they wouldn’t be able to take part in that exact activity. Ellie is hoping to use trust a lot more and allow it to other games plus teamwork would be her personal goal in school because she trusts her family a lot more because  at home. Skillforce has taught Ellie a fair bit about communication and how to communicate in other ways like listening  she would also love to work on respect and trust at school because that is what they have been focusing on this the most!

There is another activity Ellie likes and that is Night Line in this activity one member was blindfolded but the other member wasn’t because you needed someone to guide you or it would be possible to bump your head and hurt yourself the fun part was you was allowed to enter the climbing frame and there was different obstacles such as: hurdles and going through the same sized hoops.

After the skillforce session is finished Ellie feels proud of her and her partner (Olivia) and she feels ENERGETIC!

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Skillforce Walnut SH 21st September

What to do if you are first on the scene of an accident by Louis, Iyla and Kacy.

Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Walnut SH 21st September


This week in Skillforce we used Annie dolls to perform C.P.R.


First, we learnt about D.R: A.V.P.U.

Danger, Response.

Alert, Voice, Pain and Unresponsive.

First, remove danger.

If they do not answer shout in both ears

Cross arms and tap their collar-bones. Whilst keeping both arms crossed, pinch both ears, if they don’t respond then


When you return, check their airways by looking in the mouth. If it is blocked put two fingers under their chin and your hand on their head. Gently tilt their head back. If the airway is blocked with sick turn their head to one side and wipe sick away, but don’t put your fingers in their mouth as they might accidentally bite you.

Check for breathing by putting your ear over their mouth.

If they are not breathing you must act fast!

Put one hand on the casualty’s chest and link your fingers . Then do thirty chest compressions by pressing down on their chest. To keep the right speed sing 'Baby shark'. When you have done that hold their nose and blow in their mouth two times. These are called rescue breaths.

Raynor is checking for breathing

Louis doing chest compressions on Annie

Help! Help! Help!

Please read on for all the details about how to respond if you are the first on the scene in an emergency situation.

This week in skillforce we learnt how to perform CPR on an Annie dolls.

First, we had to learn about danger response then we had to remove the danger off the doll if there was anything on it, that is. Next, we had to introduce ourselves and ask if they could open their eyes, if they couldn’t respond to us we had to lightly tap them on their collar bone three (3) times with our arms crossed otherwise we would get injured. After that, we had to pinch their ears three times but If they didn’t respond this time then they were unconscious. Then, we had to either call 999,911 or 112.

Raynor showing us how to tilt back the head correctly.

After, we had to tilt their head up to the sky to check their AIRWAY and open their mouth but still with our index and middle finger on their forehead but we couldn’t put our fingers in their mouth as they might accidentally hurt us or vomit on us.

We had to LOOK inside their mouth to check if anything was blocking their airway, put our ear up to their mouth and try to HEAR

if there breathing, we had to FEEL their throat and we had to SMELL their breath so we could check for any negative chemicals that they have taken before the incident.

Next, we had to do 30 chest compressions to the tune of Baby Shark approximately 5 inches into their chest and we had to do 2 rescue breaths around the whole of their mouth.

Faazan performing 30 chest compressions

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Skillforce Rowan 19th September

Skillforce Rowan 19th September

Teacher on: Skillforce Rowan 19th September

Rowan class played some new games to practice their communication skills. To be played successfully each game required excellent listening skills.



Players form a circle.

Two people are blindfolded, given a rattle and stand in the circle. One is chosen as a mouse and the other as a cat.

The aim of the game is for the cat to catch the mouse.

The mouse goes first. They take one step in any direction and then shake their rattle.

The cat then listens carefully to where the rattle sound came from and heads to that direction.

If the cat touches the mouse the game is over and two new players are chosen.

Liam Says

This game is the same as Simon Says, but Liam was in charge so he called it Liam Says!

Back-to-back drawing

Firstly find a partner.

Sit back to back so only one of the pair can see the whiteboard.

Liam drew a simple picture on the whiteboard.

The person looking at the whiteboard had to describe the picture to their partner, who had to draw it on a piece of paper.

The game was really hard because describing the picture was difficult and choosing the right vocabulary was hard.

Touch-Up Clap

 A game for pairs.

Pairs sit facing each other.

Pairs count 1, 2, 3 over and over again taking it in turns to say the next number.

To make the game more difficult the number 1 was replaced by a clap.

Later 2 was changed to touch your shoulders and then 3 was replaced by touching the table.

Each time an action was added the game became more and more difficult.



In the games and activities today the qualities we used were:





By Savannah, Imaan and Amelia



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Skillforce Walnut JD 14th September

Skillforce Walnut JD 14th September

Teacher on: Skillforce Walnut JD 14th September


At the start of the game everybody stands behind the line ready to play.

Behind the line is the bank and in front of the line is the river.

You have to hear the words.

When the leader says river, jump into the ‘river’.

When the leader says bank, jump onto the ‘bank’.

You are out if you move when you should not, if you cross the line when you should not or if you twitch when you should not.

When someone gets out you have to stand to the side.

The leader can trick you because they can say the words really quick and you cannot catch up and get mixed up.

Qualities you need to play this game




By Shan


In the beginning you have to listen and go behind the line.


 How to play:


  • When the leader say go to the river go forward.


  • When the leader say go to the bank go backward.


  • If the leader say go to the bank and you are already at the bank you do not need to move.


  • If you move and you are on the bank and you twitch you are out.  


  • If you do not move and you are on the bank and you are supposed to go to the river you are out.


  • The job of leader can be shared among all the players.


  • A good leader gives quick instructions to catch out the players.


The best quality for this game is resilience.

From Asad A.


When my classmates and I played Airlock in “Skill Force”.

How we play:

  • You only need a strong strap and a couple of people.

  • Stand next to each other and get your right foot or your left foot it depends where you stand.


  • Get your teammates leg and connect it with your leg with your strong strap.


  • BTW the straps are really strong.


  • And your challenge is to walk as far as you can.





This what happened when we played.

So I come back from a exhausting lunchtime, then I just realise that it`s “Skill Force” so then we play this game called “Air Lock” we followed the instructions. We got really strong straps, tied it around our leg. I was with a partner, everyone was arguing, we all fell most of the time, then we got a good leader.

Having a leader helped, because one leader gave confusing instructions. Our good leader said things slowly and took their time. This helped us walk.

By Fabio Ali

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Skillforce Oak 12th September

Skillforce Oak 12th September

Teacher on: Skillforce Oak 12th September

Our Skillforce activities this week.

How to play GUTTERBALL

This week, we played a fun game called Gutterball! I am going to be explaining how to play.

First you collect a gutter pipe and stand in a line so the pipes form a line together. REMEMBER….you need more then one pipe. The last person in the line has to place a ball on the pipe to let it roll. When the ball passes a pipe the person holding that pipe will move it to the front of the line of pipes. The aim is to get it in a bucket. Then you do the same process on and on and on. Then you have to change balls (tennis ball, football etc) to make it challenging. I really enjoy this game and I hope to play it again soon.


Qualities we had to use:




By Alinah

How to Play Speed Ball

First, you have to get a ball and a timer. Then, you make a circle with your class and pass the ball around quickly whilst the timer is going on. When you get the ball you have to sit down and the person who is timing it has to check how fast you did it.


Karl and Liam gave advice to us so we could improve our speed of time. We shouted the person’s name that we were going to throw it to. We also tried to pass it in register order so it could be easier.


We showed teamwork by not blaming someone if they do something wrong and we never gave up. We were really friendly to each other but some people did moan a little bit. We also showed resilience by not giving up if we got mad.

It was really fun this week !

By Eman

Gutter ball


In skill force we played a game called gutter ball. In gutter ball we all had a gutter which looks like a pipe. We all held a gutter, we had to stand by a cone in a line. We were given a ball and we had to roll the ball down the gutter. As it rolled past the ball sadly, someone dropped it so we started again we all worked as a team so we started again. So as the ball started to move and the ball nearly fell so we lifted it up past us we all ran up to the front of the line. The box was very close to us and the ball tipped in and then we all scored a point.


We failed some of the parts. We didn’t complete the gutter ball game by pulling the gutters far from each other and then the ball fell.

1.  We all showed resilience by not giving up when the ball fell.

2.  We all showed respect by listening and communicating.

3.  We showed communicating by looking and listening to Amber when she was talking.

4.  We showed confidence by standing up and improving what we where capable of.

By Mariya                                                                            

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Skillforce Walnut SH 7th September

Icebreaker Games

Teacher on: Skillforce Walnut SH 7th September

Skillforce, aka Karl and Liam, gave us lots of games to play at the start of the lesson. They called these 'Icebreaker' games because they help to 'break the ice' so we can get to know each other better and get to know Karl and Liam.

Three of our favourite games are:

    Giants (tall and scary)  Wizards (crafty and cunning)  Elves (small and quick)

How to play Giants wizards and elves:

Last week we played this amazing game, Giant wizards and elves. I am going to explain how you play this game. So first of all, you would have to get in two lines, make sure each line is even. After you have got into two lines, the first person in the each line will whisper and run  either Giants wizards or elves. This game is quiet  similar to rock paper scissors but we have different actions. Carrying on… when the person has got to the end of the line, someone would have to shout 1..2..3! Then everyone would have to do the action they were told to. For example, if I whispered “elf ” to my team mates and someone shouted 1..2..3 they would have to do the elf action. Its easy as that! We had lots of fun!

Most recommended things:

I would like to share some recommending tips on this game so you would have tiny bit more fun…..

~ try have over 4 players

~ try have someone to not play, but be like a referee so there is a fair game

~ try using most of the qualities ( respect for example ) into the game

~ be fair in the game so we have a real winner and have some fun

Some qualities we used:

Listening - hearing with care and attention

Teamwork - working well together as a group

Cooperation – working together

Gratitude – being thankful

Reasons how we used the qualities:

Listening: we used listening by trying to hear the person who whispered, if we didn’t we would not know what action to do.

Teamwork: we used teamwork by working as a team to be successful at the game.

Cooperation: again, working as a team to be as best as we can.

Gratitude: we used gratitude by being thankful for winning.


By Zhila 


How To Play Find My Shoe And All About It

A week ago, we played a game called Find My Shoe! It was really fun and quite difficult. First, we had to take one of our shoe off and put it in the middle of the area! Then, we had to spread out and put a blind fold on our eyes so we couldn’t see. After that, we walked and tried to walk to the middle of the area and try to find our shoe. When we think we found our shoe, we had to try to go to the red fence and put our blind folds off and then see if we got the correct shoe. If we didn’t then we had to wait till everybody thinks they found their shoe or somebody would have to do a countdown.

The Qualities We Used And What They Mean:

Resilience = Recovering from setbacks and keeping going.

Listening = Hearing with care and attention.

Team Work = Working well together as a group.

  By Kazhwan

Find My Shoe game


In AIR LOCK we had to tie ourselves ankle to ankle.

First, we had to move to the left by working together and I had the responsibility to grab the cone. I had caught the cone and then we had to move to the right all the way down the line which was quite hard. We didn’t have much caution but we didn’t fall over. We watched the other team fall. We got the other cone and the other team did as well so we untied ourselves and thought we could of done better than that.

Secondly, we did get a bigger course. I did get confused at first because there was cones everywhere and again I had the responsibility of grabbing the cone on the left side. It was easy but… we had to go to the right which was the hardest bit of it all. We grabbed the first cone but we didn`t work together. T hen carl joined Eva as the leader and he told us more about working together. We did, but other people either stepped too far or didn’t move their foot at the same time as others. In the end we actually got the hang of it. Once we did we were unstoppable we were so good at it. We didn’t get first place, the other team did, but they didn’t win we won for not falling, for not shouting at each other and not arguing.

Most importantly we worked as a team!

by Natalia   

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