Physical Education

Champions keep playing until they get it right   Billie Jean King

Sports with our Coach

Sports is introduced in the summer term to Upper Nursery and from thereon, all our children spend one session a week with our Coach, learning sports skills.  They are introduced to competitive team games, such as cricket, football, netball, tennis, basketball, hockey, rounders and tag rugby.

See our Whole School Sports Curriculum Overviews below.

Gym with the Classroom Teacher

All our children participate in a weekly Physical Education class in the basement (or outdoors) with their class teacher. These sessions consolidate skill development in the areas of balance, throwing, catching, kicking, striking and locomotion. Fair play and good sportsmanship are also promoted.

In weekly gym sessions, the children develop their physical and spatial awareness, basic control and coordination, through structured floor work and by using simple apparatus.  We focus on developing the skills of travelling, balancing and climbing, with a strong emphasis on listening and moving safely.  The children copy, remember, repeat and explore simple actions.  They also develop an understanding of simple tactics through turn taking games and develop their basic compositional ideas through music and movement.

Years 5 & 6 – City Sport and Kayaking

Years 5 & 6 visit City Sport on Goswell Road once a week, in the second half of the autumn term and the first half of the spring term, to do various activities such as Capoeira, badminton and street-dance, with the centre’s specialist coaches.  

In the summer term, they go kayaking at Shadwell Basin with a qualified instructor. 

Swimming

We take the children to Ironmonger Row Pool for lessons in Swimming, given by our Coach.  Swimming lessons start in Upper Nursery.  Pupils are challenged and assessed throughout the school year and we follow the ASA Plan for Teaching Swimming.  Our children are generally very strong and stylish swimmers by the time they leave Dallington after Year 6.

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