In Physical Education (PE), we focus on making sure that all the children are active and engaged throughout each lesson. Teachers very clearly outline the skills that the children will be developing during the lesson and will ask groups of children to model these skills to the class, so that all the children are aware of what they are trying to achieve.
PE is a key aspect of school life as it helps to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Through PE, children at Eliot Bank will have vital experiences that will build and develop their resilience, self-confidence, self-awareness and the ability to work as a member of a team. These experiences include competition as a natural indicator and often valuable spur to achievement by individuals.
At Eliot Bank, we aim to give children a varied programme of athletics, dance, gymnastics and team games - including football, hockey, netball and cricket. Class teachers teach PE throughout the school. We also have an excellent team of sports coaches from TeachSport (www.teachsport.org) who are timetabled to teach a variety of PE units alongside our class teachers. In Year 6, the children take part in the Primary School Leadership Certificate programme, delivered by TeachSport. They develop the skills to plan, organise and run a sports tournament for a younger group of children.
Usually in the summer term, children in Year 3 visit our local swimming pool each week and learn how to swim. These lessons continue during the autumn and spring term for children in Year 4. The children really develop their skills and confidence during these years and many are keen to attend the Swimming Gala to show off their talents. Due to the Covid situation our swimming lessons sadly had to be paused for two terms. However, this term we were able to restart the lessons, with all classes from Year 3 and Year 4 being given longer, more intensive, daily lessons for a two week period.
Although we are currently unable to take part in competing against other schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Eliot Bank is part of a network of schools and teams which normally attends sports tournaments where we compete against others. Children of all ages compete in cricket, tennis, football, sports-hall athletics and multi-skills tournaments. Children from Years 5 and 6 compete in the annual Swimming Gala at Glassmill every year. We have two football teams made up of boys and girls from Years 4, 5 and 6. They play in the Lewisham League on Blackheath against other Lewisham schools all competing for the Mary Bennett Plate and the league title. We hope to resume all these activities as soon as it is safe to do so.
The highlight of the year is the Sports Day which is held at Baxters Fields. This is a chance for the children to show off their skills in both field and track events and to take part in fun events such as the classic ‘egg and spoon’ and obstacle race (and welly throwing!). Parents, carers and family members are encouraged to come and watch their children compete at this lovely sporting event.
Rose Grosvenor, Arts Team Leader and Amy Kasoma, PE Coordinator