Port and Starboard

Feet running on beach

Objectives: Develop listening and language skills through a physical group game. Use body language to show engagement. Take part in group and social interactions knowing appropriate times to join in.

Based on the well-known children’s game 'Port / Starboard', this activity requires the school hall, playground or a large, cleared classroom.

Teacher explains there are a series of commands which require a physical response. Practice each before you begin.

Top Tip #1 play and eliminate those who are last or get things wrong.

Top Tip #2 alternatively put the class into two groups. Have one group saying the commands and scoring and the other group reacting.

Commands/Action

Introduce commands in Welsh and Spanish. Teacher helps pupils by doing the action at the same time as saying the command.

The Sea – Run to one side of the hall

The Sand – Run to the opposite side from the sea

The Grass – Run to one side of the hall

The Café – Run to the opposite side of the hall from grass

Extension:

Add other commands in using the 'more vocab' section below.

Boat (plus number) e.g dinghy 4 – Pupils in groups of number stated sit on floor in a line in between each others' legs

Dig in the sand – Pupils kneel and mime digging a hole

Sunbathing/Lie in the sun – Pupils lie on their backs

Swim – Mime swimming around the space

Fly a kite – Get into pairs, skipping, hold hands and sing ‘Let’s go fly a kite’

Throw a frisbee – Get into pairs and mime playing frisbee