Physical education is an integral part of every child’s life at Falcons School for Girls as they engage in numerous different sports including cricket, netball, swimming, hockey and gymnastics. The character and self-discipline acquired in their Games lessons will stay with the pupils throughout their lives and sport will assist in accepting victory modestly as well as defeat generously.
In the Early Years, pupils will take part in two P.E lessons a week. We focus on beginning to learn basic gymnastic skills and pupils will start on their awards badges in the Spring term. The other lesson will be outside and will include hand-eye coordination games, running races and games that introduce the pupils to the idea of spacing and teamwork.
In Key Stage One, pupils continue to have two P.E lessons a week. Year 1’s is a gymnastics lesson where the girls will start to work their way through the British Gymnastics Association’s awards and sequencing. In Year 2, they have half a term of dance and half a term of gymnastics. They will learn different genres of dance. They will work on using different levels, transitioning, timing and collaboration in a team.
In their weekly games lessons, the girls will begin to look at how playing on a team works, practicing throwing and catching on the move, spacing on the field/pitch and learning about the roles of different positions whether it be on the netball court, hockey or cricket pitch. In Year 2, the girls start to play friendly training games in netball, hockey and cricket against other local schools.
In Key Stage Two, pupils have a one hour and 15 minutes extended Games afternoon at Barn Elms Sports Trust. In the Autumn term, the girls play netball, in the Spring term the girls play Hockey and in the Summer term, the girls play cricket and athletics sessions. Each Games afternoon will be dedicated to developing skills in these sports or attending matches and tournaments against other schools. In addition to the Games afternoon, the pupils still have a P.E lesson once a week onsite where they continue to work through the Gymnastics awards, development and progression in vault and rebound, gymnastic sequencing, dance projects including musical theatre dances and athletics practice in the Summer term.
In addition to these PE and Games lessons, pupils from Reception to Year 2 will attend weekly swimming lessons throughout the year. Year 3 will also attend swimming in the Autumn and Spring terms. Selected pupils from Years 3-6 will represent the school in local swimming galas, occasionally collaborating with Falcons School for Boys to enter mixed team events.
We are lucky to have a superb outside space in our playgrounds, which has a netball court and allows the pupils to get plenty of fresh air. Other sporting activities take place at Barn Elms Sports Ground.