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Pupil Activities

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Key Stage 1 to 3

Activity Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3
Research the facts

Key Stage 1

Find simple facts about concussion

Key Stage 2

Research the work of a brain injury charity

Key Stage 3

Investigate how this website uses presentational features and language to communicate the key messages about concussion to school children

Create a poster or presentation

Key Stage 1

Write three facts about concussion to match selected images

Key Stage 2

Design a poster for display in the school

Key Stage 3

Create a presentation to communicate what the signs of concussion are

Create a drama or script

Key Stage 1

Engage in Role play

Key Stage 2

Participate in a drama activity

Key Stage 3

Write a script for a radio advertising campaign

Create an animation, slideshow or podcast

Key Stage 1

Create a Lego stop motion animation

Key Stage 2

Create a slideshow animation

Key Stage 3

Create a podcast for a radio advertising campaign

Create a program, game or quiz

Key Stage 1

Create a simple program that illustrates a concussion

Key Stage 2

Create a simple program that teaches how to respond to a suspected concussion

Key Stage 3

Create a quiz that tests knowledge about concussion

Key Stage 4 and Post 16

Social media campaign View the work of others Create an award scheme

Social media campaign

Create a social media campaign to distribute the key messages about concussion.

View the work of others

View and critique the work that KS3 pupils have done about concussion showcased at KS4 or Post 16 assemblies.

Create an award scheme

Run an award scheme to judge the posters, presentations or films/animations about concussion delivered by KS3 pupils at the KS4 or Post 16 school assemblies.

Find simple facts about concussion

  • Use this website to find three facts about concussion.
  • Record these in your notebook

Areas of Learning
PDMU, Language and Literacy, Using ICT, Communication

Write three facts about concussion to match selected images

  • Look at the images on this website or in an image bank.
  • Select three images that show someone falling or hurting their head.
  • Write a different fact about concussion for each image.
  • Give your work a title.
  • Save or print it.

Areas of Learning
PDMU, Language and Literacy, Using ICT, Communication

Assessment resources
Words and Pictures, Writing facts

Engage in role play

  • Watch the animation on this site.
  • Imagine you are a famous cyclist and during a race you fall off your bike and hurt your head.
  • How would you feel?
  • What would you do?
  • Discuss this with your teacher and the other children in your class.
  • Did you make the right decision about what to do?

Areas of Learning
PDMU, Communication

Assessment resources
Let's Pretend

Create a Lego stop motion animation

Look at the animation on this site. Think about your animation and plan the story about concussion that you would like to tell.

  • Choose some Lego toys for your animation.
  • Make a background or stage to place your model.
  • Place a tablet or camera on a stand in front of the stage.
  • Open an animation program or app such as Movie Maker app for the iPad.
  • Add a title and credits.
  • Take a photograph of your Lego model on the stage.
  • Move your model a little bit and take a photograph.
  • After each photograph, move the model.
  • Add some music.
  • Save your animation.
  • Show it to your teacher or a friend and talk about what you have done.

Areas of Learning
The Arts, PDMU, Using ICT, Communication

Assessment resources
Create a Lego stop motion animation

Create a simple program that illustrates a concussion

  • Open a software program such as Scratch.
  • Choose a girl or boy sprite or draw your own sprite.
  • Choose a background for your sprite.
  • Make your sprite appear to bump his or her head.
  • Use the Sounds function to add a sound effect or the Looks function to add words.
  • Save your work.

Areas of Learning
PDMU, Using ICT

Assessment resources
Starting to Scratch

Research the work of a brain injury charity

Find out about the work that a charity such as Headway (www.headway.org.uk) ) or The Child Brain Injury Trust (www.childbraininjurytrust.org.uk) does to support people who have suffered a brain injury. Research the services that they offer and the types of activities that they provide to help people recover. Write a paragraph to explain what the charity does or create a list of the services it provides.

Areas of Learning
PDMU, Language and Literacy, Using ICT, Communication

Assessment resources
Writing facts

Thematic Unit
Actions speak louder than words

Design a poster for display in the school

Design a poster to highlight to other pupils what to do if they think they have suffered a concussion.

Choose a title.
Decide on the most important messages.
Think of ways to attract the attention of your audience.

Think about the:

  • layout;
  • background;
  • size, colour and style of font;
  • use of text boxes; and
  • graphics or illustrations and their size and position.

Create your own graphics, take digital photographs or draw images and scan these. Create your text and arrange your information to ensure that your poster attracts the attention of your audience. Show your poster to a friend and discuss if it can be improved, then make the changes. Save your poster in an appropriate folder or upload it into the classwork folder in Fronter for others to see. Print your poster and choose the best place to display it in the school.

Areas of Learning
The Arts, PDMU, Using ICT, Communication

Assessment resources
Poster magic

Participate in a drama activity

In groups of six, nominate one person to act as the person who has suffered a concussion because they have tripped in the classroom and have hit their head on the floor. Imagine that you have just seen this happen. Act out how you would react. Think about how you would feel and what would you do. What would you say and who would you say it to? Practice your drama and perform it for the rest of your class.

Areas of Learning
PDMU, Communication

Create a slideshow animation

Look at the slideshow on this site and create your own version of it. Find suitable photographs or create your own illustrations and write text to accompany them. Import the photographs into a package such as Photostory 3. Add the text, transitions and a soundtrack (for example from Audio Network) that you think fits the mood of your slideshow. Add a title and credits. Save your work at various stages. Show your completed work to the rest of the class and ask them to comment on it. If you need to, make any changes to your work before exporting the final version as a movie file.

Areas of Learning
The Arts, PDMU, Using ICT, Communication

Assessment resources
Amazing Animation

Create a simple program that teaches how to respond to a suspected concussion

Create a program, using software such as Scratch that teaches others how to respond to a suspected concussion. Create a short conversation between two sprites with one sprite asking questions and the other answering.

Plan your project thinking about the audience it is for, then:

  • select the sprites and a suitable background;
  • use the Say command to create speech;
  • use a Broadcast and a When I Receive command to make the sprites interact with each other;
  • use the Wait command to control the timing of the speech;
  • use the Green Flag control to run your program;
  • test your program; and
  • show your work to others in your class and make improvements to it.

Areas of Learning
PDMU, Using ICT

Assessment resources
Time to Scratch

Investigate how this website uses presentational features and language to communicate the key messages about concussion to school children

Browse through the sections of this website or one of the websites listed in the Links section. Answer the question: How does the website use presentational features and language to communicate the key messages about concussion to school children?

You should:

  • refer to features such as colour, font, text boxes, bullet point, animations and images;
  • use language features such as instructions, pronouns and adjectives; and
  • use evidence to support your ideas.

Areas of Learning
LLW, Using ICT, Communication

Create a presentation to communicate what the signs of concussion are

Create a presentation targeted at a school sports coach or team members to communicate the signs and symptoms of concussion and what a coach should or should not do if they suspect that a player has had a concussion.

You should:

  • use the features of the presentation software to make appropriate refinements to the presentation to make it suitable for an audience of sports coaches;
  • apply an appropriate design template for the intended audience and purpose;
  • create and/or edit images with the intended audience in mind;
  • find and add sound clips to enhance the presentation; and
  • include appropriate hyperlinks in the presentation to allow the target audience to navigate through it to relevant content.

Areas of Learning
Physical Education, LLW, Using ICT, Communication

Write a script for a radio advertising campaign

Create a one to two minute script for a radio programme aimed at parents or team members that will highlight the dangers of receiving a second blow to the head within a short time of receiving the first and outline the steps that should be taken if this happens.

In your preparation you should:

  • listen to campaigns on the radio particularly health promotional campaigns; and
  • discuss examples of these.

In your script writing, you should:

  • use information and evidence to support your writing and to influence your audience;
  • use different ideas that will interest and engage your intended audience;
  • write with your intended audience in mind;
  • write with the purpose of the script in mind;
  • make deliberate choices about your use of language for effect;
  • use appropriate style and tone; and
  • use punctuation for effect, along with accurate spelling and grammar.

Areas of Learning
English, LLW, Communication

Create a podcast for a radio advertising campaign

Watch the animation on the home page of this site, listening carefully to the message conveyed and the tone and pace used in the recording. Create a podcast for radio that highlights the danger of receiving a second blow to the head within a short time of receiving the first and outline the steps that should be taken if this happens.

You should:

  • record the sound using a digital recording device;
  • import the sound into software such as Audacity;
  • experiment with different features in Audacity;
  • edit a sequence of sound clips if necessary using multiple tracks considering the target audience;
  • include relevant background music as an intro and/or outro; and
  • control the balance of the finished mix with the target audience in mind.

Areas of Learning
Physical Education, LLW, Using ICT, Communication

Create a quiz that tests knowledge about concussion

Look through the quiz on this site. Using software such as Game Maker, create a multiple choice quiz for sports coaches or team members that tests their knowledge of concussion.

Consider including:

  • at least three questions with one right and three wrong answers for each question;
  • sprites for the questions, answers, title, right/wrong indicators and graphics;
  • objects associated with the sprites;
  • a room with a suitable background;
  • controller objects to control object behaviour;
  • a mechanism for displaying the right/wrong indicators; and
  • a mechanism for displaying the next question.

Areas of Learning
Physical Education, LLW, Using ICT

Run a social media campaign

Create a social media campaign using materials that you have created such as posters, presentations or apps, or alternatively use materials created by the Key Stage 3 pupils in your school, to disseminate the key messages about concussion to as many pupils and parents as possible.

For example:

  • Set up or use an existing school Facebook page, monitoring the reach of your campaign, for example create a contest using a compatible app or post on your friends' wall and ask them to post on their friends' walls. Research Facebook's guidelines for using Facebook in this way.
  • Set up a school Twitter feed and encourage retweeting (consider how to best attract your audience and make your message stand out).
  • Create a YouTube channel to showcase six-second films created using your mobile phone.

View the work of others

View and critique the work that KS3 pupils have completed about concussion and have showcased at KS4 or Post 16 assemblies.

This could include:

  • presentations;
  • dramas;
  • posters;
  • films or animations; and
  • quizzes.

Create a concussion award scheme for KS3 pupils

Set up an award scheme to judge the posters, presentations or films/animations etc. about concussion created by KS3 pupils.

Consider:

  • how you will promote the awards;
  • application process;
  • judging criteria;
    • the extent to which the item communicates the key messages;
    • appeal to the specific audience/attractiveness;
    • content;
    • originality;
    • use of text, illustrations, graphics or effects;
  • feedback;
  • numbers of winners; and
  • prizes.