PE is a key aspect of school life as it helps to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Through PE, children develop self-discipline, self-awareness and the ability to work as a member of a team. At Gordonbrock we aim to give children a varied programme of athletics, dance, gymnastics and team games including football, hockey, netball, and cricket. Class teachers teach indoor PE throughout the school and we have an excellent sports coach from Teach Sport who comes into school every afternoon to teach outdoor PE to classes from year 2 to year 6.
In PE we focus on making sure that all the children are active and engaged throughout the 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.
This year we have placed great emphasis on developing our teachers’ skills in dance, we are very fortunate to have strong links with Trinity Laban. This has resulted in professional development sessions for teachers after school and some team teaching during lessons which the children have really enjoyed. During pupil voice interviews the children were very enthusiastic about dance lessons. One child said
“I didn’t think I would enjoy dance, but it turned out to be really good.” At Gordonbrock we aim to link our dance lessons with our history or geography topics. So, in year two, for example, the children work on a dance portraying The Great Fire of London.
Gordonbrock is part of a family of schools and teams attend sports tournaments where we compete against other school. We were very successful in 2015-2016 reaching first or second place in many competitions. Children from all ages competed in tennis, football, sports-hall athletics and multi-skills tournaments. Children from year five and six also compete in the annual Swimming Gala at Glassmill.
The school football team is made up of ten gifted and talented boys from year five and six. They play in the Lewisham League on Blackheath. In the last two years our achievements have included winning the Mary Bennett Plate and the league.
Children in year four have the opportunity to go swimming, at Glassmill, once a week for a whole year. The children really develop their skills and confidence during this year and many are keen to attend the Swimming Gala to show off their talents.
The highlight of the year is the sports day which is held at the Ladywell area for all children from year one to year six and at school for nursery and reception children. 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 tug of war and high catch. Parents are encouraged to come and see their children compete in this lovely sporting venue.
At Gordonbrock we encourage children to join clubs outside school to further their sporting adventure. We currently have both girls and boys playing football for clubs outside school. Children from our school also attend swimming, athletics and tennis clubs where they can continue to develop their own interest and expertise in their chosen sport.