PE and Games
Our aim is to enable all our children to achieve their potential through physical activity. The curriculum supports this by offering a variety of sports which help to highlight the importance of fitness for activity as well as for life.
Through competitive and co-operative games we are able to nurture confidence in children and instil the values of sportsmanship and fair play as well as the intrinsic desire to win. Maximum participation is encouraged and effort is praised at every level. Most importantly though, we aim to give our children a real desire to take their sport into the next part of their lives whether it be recreational or highly competitive. We hope that they enjoy the challenges ahead and reflect back with fondness on their early memories of sport at Blackheath Prep.
The School is very fortunate in having playing fields accommodating football and hockey pitches, a cricket wicket, cricket nets, a 200m athletics track with 30m sprint area, long jump pit and throwing areas as well as rounders pitches. There is also a hard court area which can be used for tennis, netball, hockey or football, a multi-purpose hall and gymnasium.
Fixtures in a range of sports ensures that there are plenty of opportunities for children to represent the school. Large squads are chosen when we play other schools competitively although there is a clear distinction made between friendly matches and competitions. Care is taken to explain why children are included or excluded from teams and how to cope with success as well as disappointment. All children will experience competition through the programme of inter-house matches played in several sports during the year.
The programme of study is broadly based on the National Curriculum and includes Athletic Activities, Dance, Games, Gymnastics and Swimming. Children are taught by specialist PE teachers throughout the school.
Additional activities are also arranged after school throughout the week allowing children to enhance their learning in football, rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis, table tennis, netball, lacrosse, gymnastics, badminton, dance, rounders and athletics. Activities are run by teachers with an interest and an expertise in the sport and some sessions are led by expert coaches from local clubs.