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Sport and physical fitness are very strong indeed at our school. A wide range of opportunities are offered and the quality of our sporting provision is manifested by how many trophies our teams win; how many children participate in optional, after school sports clubs and how much they say they enjoy taking part in sport and physical activity.

PE and sport: a statement of intent

Physical education is an essential part of a child’s educational development. We aim to develop a broad, rich and engaging curriculum offering a variety of activities to enhance skills in physical education. By the time children leave Barnes Primary School, through positive and inclusive participation in physical education, they will:

–         understand the importance of healthy, active lives, in terms of both physical and mental well-being

–         be confident about how to manage themselves and their bodies in a variety of movement situations

–         understand fair play and respect

–         have engaged in competitive sports and activities.

The underlying principles behind our approach to PE and sport are as follows:

  • taking part in sport and physical activity, and enjoying doing so, is the birth right of all pupils
  • competitive sport is not antithetical to a school ethos that holds equality of opportunity in the highest regard
  • captivating and sustaining pupils’ interest in sport at an early age will lead to a lifelong interest and involvement in sport and physical activity.

Put simply, we want all children to take part in and enjoy physical activity and sport; we also want them to be aware of the importance of physical activity and sport in leading a healthy life. Staff at school work long and hard to offer as many sporting opportunities to children as possible. These take place both within and outside the school day and also through before and after school clubs. All children participate in a minimum of two hours of physical education a week: one hour indoor and one hour outdoor.

We have developed a programme where the emphasis in every P.E lesson is on movement and agility. Starting each class from a basic sitting position, we practise moving into upright positions, as well as developing sideways and lateral movements which aim to incorporate each part of the body.

All the skills we develop and practise involve both sides of the body, as well as learning to become comfortable using both hands and both feet, whether it’s a throwing and catching exercises in tennis, cricket, netball and basketball, or a football-related exercise advocating the use of the left and the right foot. Emphasis is placed on footwork throughout, particularly in terms of changing direction efficiently: a skill applicable to all sports.

We use a wide range of equipment, from skipping ropes to cricket stumps, along with balls of different sizes and shapes. We apply skills acquired from tai chi to a whole range of sports and we discover together new ways of using the equipment to push the boundaries of what we can use and how we can use it, exploring how the body feels in different positions

Sports Days 2019

House Pull of Peace, October 2019

Under the coaching of Brian Jones all children get fitter and learn the key skills needed to enjoy the following sports:

  • Autumn Term:  netball and rugby
  • Spring Term:  football and athletics
  • Summer Term:   cricket and tennis

Borough Sports 2019

Behaving properly at competitive sporting events . . . and sharing your penguin!

The following e-mail was received from a very thoughtful parent from Marshgate Primary School.

Dear Mr Hartley, I thought I would drop you a note to pass on my congratulations to your mixed tag rugby team for their exemplary behaviour and sportsmanship during two recent matches against Marshgate. I’m a Marshgate parent and refereed both games. The first was a 10-10 draw in our final group game then on Tuesday we met again in the quarter-finals and it wasn’t quite so close – Barnes won 21-8… Anyway, I’ve been involved in junior rugby for many years, not least when Marshgate were the proud winners of the RFU’s Fair Play Award at the London Youth Games a couple of years ago, and it was fantastic to see your team play with a real commitment to win with some high quality passing and great support running, but an equal commitment to sportsmanship. They were polite when speaking to me ahead of the game to clarify some rules; there was absolutely no complaining or questioning of decisions during the match; they showed great sportsmanship on a couple of occasions when our players were injured and there was absolutely no gloating, or similar behaviour, when they raced into an 11-1 half-time lead. One of the boys even shared his penguin after the game with one of ours.

The children were a credit to themselves, the school and the sport and I’d be grateful if you could pass on my thanks – which echo the thoughts of several Marshgate parents.

  Mitch Phillips