Ernesto Bautista Santurino Díaz, teacher of the CRA Villas del Tajo (Archbishop Bridge, Valdeverdeja and Torrico), has created a project that combines fun, sport and nature, “and it is being a success”. The idea is simple: hunt Pokemons to promote sports and physical activity. “The idea arose out of the need to cover the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) in relation to daily physical activity “, he comments to La Voz del tajo.
“For children and young people from 5 to 17 years old, physical activity consists of games, sports, trips, recreational activities, physical education or programmed exercises, in the context of family, school or community activities,” he says.
“With this project it is intended to end the sedentary lifestyle of students and encourage healthy habits, which are so beneficial for our body ”, explains Santurino Díaz. “The students of Valdeverdeja and Torrico are the great beneficiaries of the project,” he remarks.
The involvement of students and families has been essential for this project to have been so successful
The activity itself consists of carrying out “weekly challenges”, both individually and collectively. “Every week they have to do a different challenge after school hours. These challenges have a format very similar to video games so that the students find it attractive and want to carry out the activities, since it is voluntary ”, explains the teacher.
“What you have to do is capture the Pokémon that I propose and vencer al Team Rocket -the bad guys of the video game and the famous television series- “. Now, how do they capture them? By means of a photograph that later they send it to their mail or their telephone to confirm that they have obtained it. “The contents that are worked on in this project not only contemplate the area of Physical Education but also the area of Natural Sciences”, clarifies Ernesto Bautista.
To carry out the ‘hunt’ of pokemons, the collaboration of the parents or relatives of the students is necessary, especially with the little ones, since they will have to use their mobile.
“The involvement of students and families has been essential for this project to have been so successful”, emphasizes the teacher.
Ernesto Bautista Santurino
“It is also a reason for the whole family to take the routes in the area and enjoy the landscapes, in addition to attracting people from outside the region to do routes in a different and original way”
SPORT AND NATURE
In addition to all that has been mentioned, Ernesto has also prepared a Pokémon ‘field notebook’ to carry out outings to the nearby environment, thus enabling students to learn about the area “in a different and motivating way.”
This methodology is appropriate for students to achieve significant learning, see what they have done in the classroom and its practical application.
VALDEVERDEJA CITY COUNCIL
Ernesto comments that the idea has been so well received that the City Council of Valdeverdeja will add its Pokémon ‘field notebook’ to the Consistory website so that anyone can download it and carry out the proposed activities.
“It is also a reason for the whole family to take the routes in the area and enjoy the landscapes, in addition to attracting people from outside the region to do hiking routes in a different and original way,” concluded the creator of the route-hunt Pokemon.