The Cricket Smart resources are for teachers of year one to eight students and focus on cricket, and the major events involved within it, and sport in general.
It is not necessary for teachers to have in-depth knowledge of cricket to use these resources successfully with students. For support in understanding the game of cricket, teachers can use the New Zealand Cricket website. Four key understandings underpin the Cricket Smart resources:
- Sport is an integral part of New Zealand life.
- Actively participating in a range of life contexts, including sport, helps to ensure people’s well-being.
- The values, attitudes and behaviours that are part of sport are important for all people and include fair play, teamwork, responsibility, co-operation, leadership and perseverance.
- Sport has an impact on the cultural and social fabric of New Zealand and of countries around the world, affecting both individuals and society as a whole.
How to use these resources
The Cricket Smart resource materials are organised under five themes. Within each theme, the learning opportunities are grouped into years one to three, years four to six, and years seven to eight.
The themes are:
Cricket Smart resources and the New Zealand Curriculum
Teachers can utilise these resources in a variety of ways: by using the tasks directly from the resources; by using the resources to plan an integrated unit of work; or by setting up student-led inquiry.
The resources have been designed to include a range of interactional contexts, pedagogy, and thinking skills and have direct links to many other resources.
The tasks suggested in each theme are not sequential. Teachers can choose to use one or two of the learning opportunities from several themes; alternatively, they can focus on one theme and provide in-depth learning experiences in this area.
Following each learning opportunity, there are questions that will support teachers and/or students to reflect on the learning that has resulted from the experience.
Learning opportunities that are ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 based can be adapted for use for any kind of sporting tournament.