Children in the Junior School participate in a wide and exciting range of activities including: Dance, Gymnastics, Games, Athletics and P.E. activities.
In Games, the younger children focus on developing their awareness of space and their basic skills in throwing, catching, rolling, kicking and controlling and hitting a ball with a raquet. They play simple games that allow them to have fun and yet the games develop many skills such as rule learning, awareness of others, listening skills and awareness of space. All of these skills form the basis of good team players. More importantly, these skills enhance their general ability to co-operate, their teamwork abilities and allow them to become more aware of other children’s needs and abilities.
By Year 2, the children are ready to develop these skills in team games, which include netball, football, tag rugby, basketball, cricket and rounders. Most of the children are ready to play sport in a competitive situation towards the end of Year 2 and continue throughout their time at Red House School.
From Year 3 children go across to the Senior School once a week to participate in Games lessons where the are taught by the Senior School P.E. teachers. By providing them with weekly lessons on the Senior School site, they become familiar with their new surroundings and teachers. Experience has taught us that this early introduction to Senior School life ensures a seamless transition when the times comes for them to take their final steps in their Red House education.
In Athletics, the younger children practice the skills needed for Sports Day in a fun way, and yet they are beginning to become aware of the idea of competition. By Year 2, the children design and create their own obstacle courses, which they plan using computers. They then test their own courses on each other. Children in Years 3 and above develop basic skills in hurdling and thoroughly enjoy using foam javelins!