Children in the Junior School participate in a wide and exciting range of activities including: Dance, Gymnastics, Games, Athletics and P.E. activities.
In Dance, Nursery children are encouraged to explore their responses to music and move in a variety of ways. They learn dances in response to stimuli such as nursery rhymes and fairy stories. This is developed further in Reception. Key Stage 1 children move onto exploring their drama skills and ideas using gesture, mime and facial expressions. In Year 2, the children have lots of fun learning traditional dances. By Year 3, the children are using music or imagery to choreograph their own dances with partners. Photographing stills of their work and videoing the performance of others for evaluating purposes ultimately improves their ideas.
In Gymnastics, the focus is on learning and developing the children’s skills. The programme for each age group is as follows:
Nursery: co-ordination and control of their bodies as well as basic movements such as hopping, skipping, galloping etc.
Reception: the children begin to learn specific movements such as forward rolls and they are introduced to the large gymnastic apparatus, which they are taught to lift correctly and help one another construct into working pieces. The children thoroughly enjoy being able to run, jump and land, complete with arms in the air, for the first time!
In Key Stage 1, the children move onto higher pieces of apparatus where they learn to practice and improve their ideas and work. They link some of their ideas together in a sequence and show awareness of quality in the control of their bodies.
By Year 3, they are performing complicated sequences. Practice leads to refinement, control and quality using such skills as backwards, forwards, pencil rolls, cartwheels, handstands and headstands. They begin partner work and perform their skills for other children in the school.
Throughout the Gymnastics programme the children are focussed towards improving their own level of ability and their confidence in what they can achieve grows tremendously.
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.
Year 3 children go across to the Main School every Thursday to participate in Games lessons with Year 4 children. They are taught by the Senior School P.E. teachers, this being a first stepping stone towards moving across to the Main School in Year 4.
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. Year 3 children develop basic skills in hurdling and thoroughly enjoy using foam javelins!
Two annual Sports Days are held for the younger and older children. Years 1 to 3 go across to the Main School to take part in races and games that involve teamwork.