Physical Education GCSE: Why is creativity key in skateboarding?

Ross McGouran is a pro skateboarder who examines the world of freestyle skateboarding.

He describes how skateboarding allows him to be creative, burn energy and enjoy spending time with his friends.

The focus shifts to Ross creating a new line around the skate park that includes jumps and grinds and whether he can accurately replicate these ideas into reality.

He focuses on his progress toward completing the movement; but progress sometimes requires failure first.

This short film is from the BBC series, Play By Play.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used to demonstrate the need for creativity in sport.

The many failures also show that resilience is required to progress skills. This also means taking suitable risks.

Additionally, it shows how important assessing the risks is to safely executing a skill.

The film also highlights the nature of the sport and how it can be used to develop social skills and health.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching PE at GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.

The topics discussed will support OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.

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