Parkour is a skilled sport - not yobbish behaviour

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A stimulating lesson that questions the difference between a dangerous activity and a sport and the exploration of Parkour being classified as a sport.

Students will begin to understand the short and longer term consequences when making decisions about personal health and set their own criteria for an activity to be classified as a sport as preparation for a debate on the subject.

Lesson objectives

By the end of the lesson, ALL students will learn: That there are short and longer term consequences to the decisions made about the type of exercise undertaken.

By the end of the lesson, MOST students should learn: That these consequences have a positive and negative effect on not only the individual but others in the community.

By the end of the lesson, SOME students could learn: To critically analyse the consequences of partiipating in exercise on self and others.

Activities for the lesson

Equipment required: ICT Internet / projector, Whiteboard, Printed handouts, Sticky notes

Teacher input

Whole class

Teacher to introduce lesson objective - to investigate the reasons why people participate in sport/exercise and the consequences of these decisions on the individual and others around them.

Lesson starter: Think, pair, share


Ask students to list the reasons why people take part in sport.

Think, pair, share


In pairs, students are asked to share their lists and select their agreed top 5 reasons why people take part in sport.

Think, pair, share

Whole class

Teacher to facilitate a class consensus - ask pairs to feed back their top five reasons. Class discussion on the agreed 5 criteria for reasons why people participate in sport.

Video clip

Whole class

Students to watch the video at the top of this page.

Class discussion

Whole class

Students to discuss whether Parkour fits their agreed criteria on participating in sport.

Prompt questions;

  • Why do people participate in Parkour?
  • What are the benefits to participating in Parkour?
  • Is it dangerous?
  • Is it an anti-social behaviour?



Students to consider the comments posted on the story. Do they agree with the statements?

Students to write their own comment on the story using Handout 1 - Comment sheet.

Written comments


Teachers can use Handout 1 - Comment sheet to collect written comments from the students.

Sport or dangerous activity?


Using Handout 2 - Venn diagram, and working in pairs, students are to classify the sports into dangerous activities or sports.

Class feedback

Whole class

Teacher to facilitate feedback by drawing Venn diagram on whiteboard and allowing discussion of main points.

Consider who is it dangerous for - the participants, observers, members of the community?

Ending: The review

Whole class

Teacher to carry out a class vote.

'This class believes that Parkour should be included as a sport.'

Share your view


Students to write their views on post it slips and stick them on the whiteboard under Agree / Disagree.

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Key skills and learning skills

  • Communication
  • Application of number
  • ICT
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Improving own performance
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Exploring meaning
  • Reflection
  • Research skills
  • Presentation skills

AFL strategies

  • Sharing learning objectives
  • Use of questioning
  • Effective feedback
  • Modelling
  • Pupil self assessment
  • Peer assessment
  • Ongoing assessment
  • Adjusting teaching/reviewing
  • Plenary

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