Sport and PE at our school
The profile of PE at The British School is extremely high. It occupies a prominent place within our curriculum and a great deal of importance is placed upon the subject. All our teachers are enthusiastic about the delivery of PE and are keen to foster interest and enthusiasm for the subject. Levels of attainment and progress are high across all key stages.
PE at our school is also fully inclusive, with all children, irrespective of age, ability or Special Educational Needs encouraged and supported. Subsequently, all children at our school, even those who find it challenging, have a positive attitude towards PE.
In recent years gymnastics, dance and cricket specialists have delivered comprehensive training to our staff, which has greatly enhanced the planning and delivery of these aspects of PE. In addition to this, teachers receive regular training in staff meetings and Insets.
The teachers at our school incorporate a wide variety of sports and activities into PE lessons, including football, netball, hockey, tag rugby, gymnastics, dance, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, circuit training and orienteering. In addition to this all children in Key Stage 2 receive swimming lessons at Wotton Pool each year. Mrs Amigoni is a qualified swimming instructor, allowing her to teach many of the children herself. Many children successfully meet the end of Key Stage 2 target of being able to swim 25 metres with a recognisable stroke. This year we are delighted to be able to use the PE Funding to offer all EYFS and Key Stage 1 children swimming lessons too.
To support the delivery of high quality PE, we have superb facilities, including a large school field, two playgrounds and an ample school hall, as well as plenty of resources and equipment which are regularly checked and supplemented.
Our school also offers excellent provision of extra-curricular sporting opportunities. The individual skills and strengths of our staff, along with their willingness to help develop school sport, allows us to offer an extensive variety of clubs and activities, including football, tag rugby, netball, cricket, rounders, tennis, hockey, country dancing, physical play, gymnastics, cross country and athletics. We actively encourage all children to take part in as many of these activities as possible.
At The British School we endeavour to make provision for those children considered to be ‘Gifted and Talented’ at PE. Teachers use PE lessons to identify children who are Gifted and Talented and provision is then made for them in lessons. For the past few years Key Stage 2 children have been selected to attend a Gifted and Talented club held at KLB School. We are also using our PE funding to provide sessions for Gifted and Talented gymnasts, athletes, cricket and tennis players. We also provide opportunities for Gifted and Talented children to play competitive sport at district and county level and beyond.
At The British School we are very keen to promote a healthy interest in competition, as well as the development of good sportsmanship. Children at our school enjoy participating in a wide range of intra and inter-school competition, tournaments and festivals. Every child in the school takes part in intra-school cross country three times per year. Pupils in Key Stage 2 take part in an inter-house rounders tournament and our annual Sports Day gives children the opportunity to try a wide range of activities, alongside the more traditional races and relays.
In addition to this, our sports teams have seen a great deal of success over the past few years, winning a variety of competitions. Most notable achievements include our football and netball teams, who have represented our school at county level. Pupils’ successes are celebrated in assemblies, on our sports noticeboard, in our school newsletters and often the local newspaper. We understand that competitive sport is not for everyone, and pupils are also given the opportunity to attend sporting festivals, where participation and good sportsmanship are celebrated more highly than winning.
In conclusion, PE occupies a very prominent place in our curriculum and standards are very high. We have many talented pupils at our school and aim to maximise their opportunities for success, whilst nurturing all pupils’ enjoyment of sport. We aim to encourage and support all children, in order for them to reach their full potential.