Sport (Physical Education and Games) is seen as very important at Amesbury. All sports are compulsory and there are fixtures for everyone.
Although the school follows its own curriculum, the main strands tie in very closely with the National Curriculum, and importantly, the “Every Child Matters” outcome. All pupils from Nursery through to Year 8 are taught Physical Education by specialist PE staff. Pupils are offered a broad range of stimulating activities geared towards improving physical ability, confidence and developing relationships with others.
The aim of the Games Department is to provide a balanced curriculum of team and individual activities which allows each student to gain an understanding of his or her own physical ability and to provide experiences which help to promote character. By the end of Year 8, it is envisaged that each student will have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiences with the intention of discovering at least one area of enjoyment which could be continued beyond directed lessons. We are also improving the use of Computing within sport – pupils can receive real-time visual feedback of their performance through the use of video analysis. A bank of videos and images are available to use as effective learning aids to enhance pupils’ experience of sport.
NURSERY – YEAR 2
Children in Nursery to Year 2 are guided towards developing confidence in a sporting setting. Lessons are taught in the Sports Hall, on the astro turf and outside using a variety of equipment. PE and Games are separated; PE lessons are based around fundamental movement skills, agility, co-ordination and balance. Games lessons follow the seasonal sports. There are no fixtures with opposite schools in this age group. FUN is fundamental not winning!
yEAR 3 – 8
Pupils in Years 3 to 8 are offered a range of activities across the year, where alongside the practical elements found in each sport, the theory behind safe practice, how physical activity can contribute towards a healthy lifestyle and an introduction to the role and functions of the body are also delivered.
Years 3 to 6 are offered team building, basketball, gymnastics, swimming and athletics. Years 7 and 8 are offered health related fitness, tchouk ball, trampolining, lacrosse and athletics.
Head of Department
Mr Alex Alesbrook completed his BSc (Hons) degree in Physical Education with qualified teacher status from the St Mary’s University College, Twickenham in 2008. He has taught in New Zealand before joining Amesbury in September 2012. Prior to teaching he was a professional rugby union player with Harlequins and represented England at U16, U18, U21 and Students level.
The pupils high standards of physical development occur as a result of a careful programme of sporting activities both in lessons and through the extra-curricular activity programme.