When you think of school life, it’s almost impossible to imagine it without sporting activities. Sports days, school teams, fixtures and competitions are some of the most fantastic experiences your child could have in school, and I’m sure many of you reading this will have fond memories of your own childhood sports day, swimming gala or clubs.
Sports are a wonderful way of making sure your child has regular exercise in school, ensuring that they’re healthy and engaged. At RGS Guildford Dubai, a fundamental aim is to reinforce the fun and social opportunities offered through participation in sport! This is the main reason why Physical Education (PE) and sports are so key as part of the British Curriculum, and why so many British schools offer a selection of sports as Extra Curricular Activities (ECA’s) for their pupils).
The British Curriculum has PE as a fundamental part of schooling from Key Stage 1 onwards. According to the Department for Education, the purpose of the PE curriculum is to “ensure that all pupils develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, and engage in competitive sports and activities to help lead healthy, active lives.”
The implementation of the curriculum varies across each Key Stage, with different achievement targets that link closely to the RGS learning habits, which include reflection, perseverance, engagement and aspiration, all of which should be targeted within a sporting environment. The longstanding values of RGS, which include integrity, respect and inclusivity, also collaborate closely with each Key Stage target.
In Key Stage 1, at the very beginning of the PE curriculum, students are primarily taught how to master core fundamental movements and gross motor skills. These include running, jumping, throwing & catching, balancing, agility skills and hand-eye co-ordination. These skills are also intertwined within team games, where children learn how to engage in competition with others and themselves, as well as develop basic team tactics for attacking and defending.
In Key Stage 2, in addition to the above, the skills taught are broadened, and formal competitive games such as basketball, cricket, football, and badminton may be taught. Pupils are taught how to improve in various sports, learn from their success and improvements, and better learn how to be part of a team.
By Key Stage 3, the basics should have been fully taught, and pupils now learn how to become more confident and competent – in more complex techniques. In this Key Stage, pupils also learn the benefits of physical activity, and their confidence is developed for further sports and exercise not just in school, but also outside of school life.
Having sports and PE in school has become especially important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many pupils spent large amounts of time at home with limited physical activity. Physical fitness in school helps children get access to sports and physical development. It provides an encouraging environment for pupils to learn ‘how and why’ fitness is beneficial. Studies have also shown that sports provide many benefits for behaviour and emotional health and can support the development of social skills and social behaviours, self-esteem, and, in certain circumstances, academic and cognitive development. Sports provide the opportunity for pupils to learn how to collaborate effectively, especially in competitive environments, which can greatly complement the kind of teamwork that is taught in school group projects.
RGS Guildford Dubai offers a rounded PE curriculum, allowing pupils to explore a wide range of sporting topics that include invasion games, striking and fielding, net games, as well as expressive arts. There’s also an array of sporting events and fixtures for children of all abilities to enjoy.
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