In Early Years and Key Stage 1, the focus is on developing the children’s enthusiasm and gross motor skills. The children are encouraged to explore a range of equipment and have a go at developing their movement skills as they learn to control their own body and become aware of others. They learn about agility, balance and co-ordination through basic movement, climbing, balancing, throwing, catching and controlling balls using a range of equipment.
At Fosse Bank School, we aim for all children to enjoy being active and achieve their full potential in sport by meeting their individual needs in lessons and clubs. We encourage and motivate children to ensure they enjoy participating in a range of sporting activities, including gymnastics, dance, swimming, athletics, ball skills and games.
In Key Stage 2, children continue to build on skills that can be used across many sporting activities. As they become more confident, these skills are transferred and developed into games, including netball, hockey, football, tag rugby, cricket and rounders. Athletics, tennis, cross-country lessons are also included in the curriculum. Children learn to describe and evaluate their own and others’ performance and are eventually able to talk about how they could improve.
From Pre-School to Year 3, the children enjoy a weekly swimming lesson in our indoor pool. In Years 4, 5 and 6, we further improve technique and stamina at Tonbridge School Pool.
For an age-appropriate detailed overview of what we want our children to learn through sporting activities, please read Curriculum aims by development stage.
Competing in Sport
We believe it is important to develop confidence in sport and so most of our Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to do this through representing the school in Inter-School fixtures and competitions. We also compete in County competitions and I.A.P.S Nationals.
Our Inter-House events are very popular with the children, as they enjoy competing against each other and representing their houses in swimming, netball, football, hockey, tag rugby, cricket, rounders and cross-country.
Sporting schemes such as the ASA Awards for Swimming, English Schools Athletics Association and Amateur Gymnastics Association, are used alongside the curriculum to support motivation and personal achievement for each individual child.
Each term, we offer a different selection of before and after-school clubs and the children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of sports such as: ballet, jazz, cross-country, football, karate, chess, tennis and ball skills.
Sports Colours are awarded to pupils, usually in Years 5 and 6, who have consistently demonstrated good sportsmanship, dedication and commitment.
Half and Full Colours are usually awarded for swimming, tag rugby, cricket, hockey, netball, rounders, football and athletics. However, they may be achieved in any sport.