"YOU CAN DO THIS!"
Erasmus +

Due to Covid-19 pandemic we had to introduce a series of modifications to the project.

First of all, we lost our Italian partners as they expected the pandemic to only get worse and therefore wanted to focus on safety issues. As for the remaining four partners our preparatory meetings were also affected by restrictions connected with the number of participants in groups conferencing online with teachers from LT,TR and RO. The students could not take part until early 2021 when they physically returned to schools. As a result, we asked the NAs for one year extra to be able to complete all aims and objectives we agreed to at the beginning and with the start of school year 2021/2022 we could get on with the mobilities.

The first meeting was designed for staff of partner schools. We aimed at presenting and comparing the P.E curricula in our countries and problems connected with lessening physical activity on the part of adolescents. We had the latter presented by an expert on the subject dr Piotr Szewczyk, the deacon of Physical Activity College in Kalisz. He revealed data concerning worrisome tendencies in European Union in general and more detailed for our countries. This lecture led to a further discussion in which the teachers agreed fully on the purposefulness of the choice of the main aim of our project. Having that information in mind and adding the worsened situation after the pandemic isolation and lockdown we modified the aims and objectives so that to ensure as much physical activity as possible.

Our school is very sport-oriented and we provide excellent facilities and opportunities for children to practice sports. The final two years students have a possibility to choose from proposed disciplines to practice for two of the four lessons assigned for P.E. We shared that with our project partners as it was new to them. Also, we spent most of the week to show them around and present all possibilities connected with physical activity, not only with sports played at school. Still, we agreed that accessibility alone is not enough, what is more important is motivation and company. Our conclusion was to enable our students to meet and enjoy their physical activity.

The three (and not four) mobilities were packed with various physical activities. All participants, including accompanying English teachers and less sporty students had a wide choice of sports disciplines and other kinds of movement such as e.g. dancing. It proved to be the best ice breaker and helped everybody to get to know each other in no time. Every mobility we tried to engage different students to make it possible to participate for as many as possible. They were playing team sports like football, volleyball, basketball, they could swim, cycle, play tennis and badminton, participate in orienteering and teach their new friends how to play their local or national sports. Still, dancing was the most popular one and they taught each other their favourite, typical for their countries, dances.

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There is no need to convince anyone how important physical activity is in human life. Therefore, the school has a particularly important role to play in this area. Preparing a young person for physical activity in adult life is one of the main tasks of schools, and in particular of physical education teachers. With the above goal in mind, Primary School No. 2 in Ostrzeszów, meeting the formal conditions, took part in the Erasmus+ project "You can do This". We wanted to find out how the issue of children and youth being active at school and preparing them for adulthood is implemented in other countries. In this regard, we also wanted to share our experience on this topic. An additional motivation for participating in the above-mentioned project was the pandemic, which significantly limited students' opportunities to carry out school activities (remote learning), including physical education. After the lockdown period, children and teenagers returned to full-time classes at school. In order to "make up" for the lost time in terms of basic physical activity after staying at home and taking part in remote classes, the school offered students of grades 7 and 8 to participate in some of the compulsory elective physical education classes. And so from September 1, 2021. students could choose the type of physical education classes offered for 2 hours. per week, out of 4 hours resulting from the framework teaching plans. The purpose of introducing this modification was to increase motivation for physical activity, especially after the period of distance learning, and to improve active participation. The offer includes the following types of classes:

- sports games: volleyball and beach volleyball, basketball, football

- badminton and table tennis

- swimming

- dances

- climbing wall

- athletics and orienteering

All these forms of classes could be offered to students because the school has excellent sports facilities and teaching staff (physical education teachers have instructor and coaching qualifications to conduct the classes listed in the offer). From the very beginning of the implementation of PE in this form, with elective classes, great interest and greater motivation of students towards this form of classes was observed. Students willingly participated in these activities because they were consistent with their interests and expectations. These observations were confirmed by the evaluation and students' comments in the surveys (over 70% of students participating in this type of classes spoke very positively about the classes and the possibility of choosing them). "Faculties", as students commonly call this type of physical education classes, have been running for another year and are very popular also among parents. In addition, students have the opportunity to change the type of selected classes after each half-year.

 

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The results of the project will include the skills, knowledge and attitudes acquired by students and defined in the description of each exchange and in line with the planned objectives, effective collaboration between students and teachers, increased self-esteem, ability to work in an international environment, the ability to express and substantiate their opinions, better awareness of differences and similarities between the countries involved in the project. The results of the project will include student presentations, films, media articles, posters, workshop materials prepared by experts as well as by students, questionnaires addressed to students, survey results, dissemination platforms for the project, a guide for teachers to use during the project, based lessons. Final products will include an e-book, calendar, photo report and film / videos made by students.

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There will be at least 24 students from a variety of backgrounds in the working group selected at the start of the project (aged 12-14). They will work in designated teams on local activities and some of them will take part in exchanges. In addition, they will work in dissemination activities as presenters, organizers or members of the audience. In total, 96 people will take part in the exchanges. 32 teachers who teach subjects such as a foreign language, physical education, social sciences, computer science, etc. will take part in student exchanges.

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The project partners- PL, IT, LT, TR and RO want to raise students’ awareness on how important sport is in our modern daily life, especially when many teenagers are becoming addicted to social media which leads to social isolation, obesity and more often it causes depressions that can even lead to suicide.

The aim of the project is to reinforce the meaning of sport as an alternative way of spending spare time, making friends, keeping fit, boosting motivation, energy and self-esteem, as well as a key element of a healthy lifestyle.

The activities of the project are designed to contribute to the aim – to raise students’ awareness of sports, including also the disadvantages and dangers related to it, improve interpersonal and communication skills, help students to share ideas about their cultures.

Students will cooperate to analyze and design sport-based products which will improve their team skills, intercultural collaboration, imagination, decision-making skills as well as critical thinking and creativity.

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