Senior School PE Department
Whilst Physical Education is a practical-based subject in the Preparatory School, the Senior School Physical Education department is academic in nature. We offer the Cambridge IGCSE PE course for Remove and Hundred pupils and Standard Level and Higher Level Sport and Exercise Health Science, as one of the Group 4 subjects, for the IB Diploma.
The department boasts practitioners with excellent academic credentials and genuine passion for the ever-evolving subject of Sport and Exercise Science. Our beaks are experts in this field and notable role models for leading active, healthy lifestyles, which ensures pupils are fully engaged and influenced throughout their learning in Physical Education.
The IGCSE and SEHS courses provide pupils with valuable knowledge about the impact exercise and sport can have on our increasingly sedentary and stressful daily lives. Syllabus content for the IGCSE educates pupils, on an accessible level, about the importance of exercise for maintaining health, with a focus on the mental, social and physical benefits, as well as specific adaptations to body systems, including: the circulatory system, respiratory system, muscular system and skeletal system. The IB SEHS specification takes many of these concepts and delves much deeper, providing pupils with detail about the intricacies of body responses and adaptations to exercise. As such, both courses supplement learning and understanding in Human Biology, Psychology and some areas of Physics.
We pride ourselves on offering high-quality teaching and encourage pupils studying Physical Education to investigate and engage with the most recent developments in sport and exercise science. We aim to instil our passion for the subject through delivery of interactive and innovative lessons and hope to inspire many of our pupils to extend their education in this field at university, through courses such as: Sports Science, Sports Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Coaching, Sports Medicine or Strength and Conditioning.
Prep School PE Department
During PE lessons pupils are fortunate enough to have one swimming lesson and one PE lesson per week.
Through swimming, pupils develop water confidence from a young age, which then leads to stroke development. During lessons, they are taught how to synchronise their arm pull, leg kick and breathing in order to become streamline and more efficient in the water. Throughout the year we teach freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and also water polo.
In PE, our two main aims are to ensure pupils love playing sport and to try to make all pupils fit and healthy. In order to achieve this, we offer an expansive programme with plenty of variety. At a younger age pupils are taught to develop their motor skills: agility, balance, coordination, and speed. When these skills have been learnt effectively the pupils use them to enjoy such sports as badminton, basketball, fitness, athletics and many more.
Prep School Games
In the Prep School we are looking to develop strong athletes who are ready for a life-long love of sport. We aim to enthuse them through fun and games while instilling FUNdamental basic movements. From here we give the children opportunities to try different activities and they learn the key skills to perform. As they continue through the school we develop opportunities to compete against other schools and clubs both at home and abroad in a broad range of sports and games. Below are phases that we work through although the pupils will develop through these at their own pace. Our key sports are Swimming, Football, Rugby, Touch, Hockey, Cricket and Athletics with many development sports such as Basketball, Badminton, Cross Country and Climbing.
Phase 1 (Activate)
In Pre School to Year 2, we hope to instil an enjoyment of physical movement and develop the pupils physical literacy. Pupils are to progress through the fundamental skills in the table below through play and structured learning activities that are FUN.
Phase 2 (Discovery)
In Year 3 and 4 we hope to use their developed fundamental movement skills to play competitive sports. Initially, identifying specific skills, we will incorporate them into gameplay to develop game awareness and an understanding of sportsmanship.
Phase 3 (Progression)
In Years 5 and 6 we hope to focus on honing skills and developing match play. We continue to develop the basics with agility, balance and coordination at the heart of everything we do. This progresses into competitive fixtures and opportunities to try different sports.
Phase 4 (Train to compete)
In Year 7 and 8 the children will continue to development their movement skills and understand more about how their body works. Sportsmanship will be continued with the added principles of leadership. Competition in selected sports will be greater and excellence pushed in all disciplines.