At Benedict House, our philosophy to sports and physical education is to develop a love for sport and physical activity through positive experiences. We challenge our pupils to strive for self-improvement and understand the benefits of regular exercise on both their physical and mental health. We want our pupils to have the opportunity to try out a variety of sports and activities, delivering these in progressive, differentiated lessons that allow pupils to progress at their own pace. We also want children to enjoy teamwork and the buzz of competition, and so provide opportunities for all children in Years 1-6 to participate in fixtures, leagues and tournaments against other schools.
The sports and activities we offer include netball, football, tag rugby, gymnastics, dodgeball, hockey, rounders, cricket, athletics and tennis as well as a range of others by outside providers including dance as an after-school club. We also offer swimming to all children from Years 1-6 at Sidcup Leisure Centre.
At the end of each module, each class compete against other houses in an Interhouse round-robin style tournament.
We also hold an annual Sports Day and Swimming Gala giving children the chance to showcase what they have been learning to their families while competing for our coveted Sports Cup.
Get involved and enjoy school sports at Benedict House
Children are encouraged to get involved in as much school sport and outdoor learning as possible. It’s all about enjoyment and participation when it comes to school sports. Sport is an integral part of school life and specialist coaches are used to help children develop the skills necessary for sporting success.
We believe it is important that emphasis is placed, not merely on the training of the natural athlete, but that every effort is made to help the less skilful enjoy taking a full part in sporting activities. Boys and girls take part in all sports in equal measure. The children are also encouraged to lead healthy, active lives on and off the sporting field, for example all snacks and lunches are healthy foods. In Key Stage One (ages 4-7) P.E. includes dance, gym, games, and swimming.
Fun and challenging school sport for all
Sport at our school is fun and challenging. There is something for everyone to be involved in, so no matter what your child may be interested in, there’s sure to be something for them here. Specialist coaches are used to help ensure that pupils get the most from their involvement in terms of their physical development, aptitude and enjoyment. In addition to our own large recreation area, we are fortunate to have the use of extensive, specialist sports facilities.
In Key Stage Two (ages 7-11) P.E. includes football, netball, cricket, rugby, games, dance, gym, athletics, swimming and adventure activities. Regular courses involving stays at field study centres are available for Junior pupils which include hiking, archery, climbing, orienteering, and the development of leadership and teamwork. A Swimming Gala and School Sports Day are also regular events on the school calendar, as are competitive matches against other local schools.