At Parsons Green Prep we understand that physical education is an important part of a child’s all-round development. PE lessons not only make for happy, healthy children; they also provide an opportunity to learn key life skills. They are designed to both stimulate and challenge our children. They are supported in the development of new skills and techniques and given the tools they need to succeed with competition. PE provides children with an opportunity to become independent learners and valuable team members. They learn to work together and develop an understanding of teamwork. PE lessons help them develop their own ideas and initiative, with older children often leading part of the session and showcasing their skills to younger pupils. We are inclusive and girls and boys may experience playing all the sports on the programme.
We offer the following team sports as part of our curriculum:
- Autumn term: netball, football, Uni-hoc (a form of hockey)
- Spring term: netball, tag rugby
- Summer term: rounders, cricket, athletics and swimming (Years 2 to 6)
- Tennis, dance and gymnastics are taught throughout the year.
In addition to curriculum sport, we have an extensive list of sports clubs, which are run in the mornings and after school. Through these clubs children can further develop their skills or try out entirely new sports like fencing.
During the Early Years and Year 1, children learn basic core hand-eye skills to develop their co-ordination and spatial awareness. Core skills include throwing, catching and gymnastics. PE equipment is modified to complement ability and age levels. As the children move through the school, they are encouraged to participate in a team sport.
We believe it is important that every child has the opportunity to play sport competitively. Our school sports teams play against other local schools in tournaments and matches throughout the year. As members of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) there are a number of tournaments and festivals of sport that we attend in west London. Over the past few years, our teams have achieved impressive results in netball, football and tag rugby. We have also had success in athletics, where a number of children achieved medals in the sprints and long jump at the ISA west London athletics meet.
Every summer we hold a house swimming gala for Key Stages 1 and 2 and a whole school sports day, where all children are encouraged to take part and have fun. Sports day is a fantastic opportunity for parents to come along and see their children in action. Weather permitting, children and parents can round off the day with a relaxing picnic in the sun organised by our parents’ association, Friends of Parsons Green Prep (FOPGP).