Relief Teaching Ideas

Sharing ideas to help make relief teaching fun, enjoyable, and meaningful.


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Race Against the Ball

Equipment: Ball

1. Divide the class into two teams.
2. One team stands in a circle, arm span apart. The other team stands in a line, to the side, near the circle.
3. When teacher blows the whistle or says “Go”, the team in the circle passes the ball around the circle. *Teacher will need to keep count how many times they pass the ball completely around the circle.
4. The other team take turns running around the outside of the circle, tagging the next person in line when they return & then sitting down.
5. Once the running team have all gone around the circle, stop the throwing team.
6. Swap over.

>The team who passes the ball around the circle the most is the winner!

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Golden Child

This is a game well known & loved by the kids at the school I last worked at & still do relief work for…

– You will need access to a basketball court & ball
– Split class into two teams
– One team lines up in front of the basketball hoop (shooting team)
– The other team (the running team) lines up to the side, on the corner of the basketball court, & must choose a “Golden Child” who will be their last runner and stand at the end of the line.
– When the teacher blows the whistle to begin, the shooting team takes turns shooting for a goal. At the same time the first person in line on the running team starts running around the outside of the basketball court. When they return they tag the next runner.
– If the shooting team gets a goal the teacher will either yell stop or blow their whistle to signal to the runner to stop & bob down wherever they are on their way around the court. The next runner in line for the running team then starts running.
– When all other runners have had a turn it is the “Golden Child’s” turn to run. As they run around the court they can tag their team members, who have had to stop & bob down, to free them so they can continue running around the court to the end.
– Meanwhile the shooting team will be madly taking turns trying to get a goal to stop the golden child & all the other freed runners from crossing the finish point!
– Teams swap over

Winning team is the team who has the most runners to get all around the court.