An Overview

 

The children study PE and Swimming at school once a week respectively however we believe in keeping the children active and this idea fits into our philosophy of learning. Even in lessons such as Phonics children learn Physical Skills. For pre foundation this may be development of fine and gross motor movements or for older children invasions games. PE can be split into sub sections that cover the whole scope of games, movements and skills progressions:

 

Swimming

 

Swimming is an absolutely essential skill for all children especially in Thailand where the number of children dying from drowning is beyond belief. At BEYC the children swim once a week. They start as early as Nursery where they learn to become comfortable in the water. Once they become comfortable, they learn to kick with the aid of a float moving alll the way up to being independent swimmers of freestyle. Once they have mastered this they begin to learn Breaststroke as well. However it must be stressed that the most important part of swimming is being able to use water safely.

 

Invasion games

 

Focussing on strategy and thought, invasion games help children to find ways to keep moving, avoiding opponents and looking for ways to outwit other players. Invasion Games will include sports such as chair ball or football whereby the children have to attack space and defend their areas. Simpler games include turning over each others cones.

 

Athletics

 

Through athletics children learn to move in different ways and at different speeds. They learn to jump and land carefully in different positions. They will practice aiming and throwing different objects, from javelins and bean bags to balls and discs. Children learn how their heart rate changes while exercising and they learn how to warm up and cool down and the reasons why they need to.

 

Bat and Ball

 

In bat and ball games children learn to throw balls under arm and overarm. They will learn how to control their muscles to aim at high, low, long and short targets. The children will also begin to learn hand eye coordination, starting from rolling balls and stopping them with hands, onto passing and finally throwing and striking with a bat as in rounders or baseball. The more advanced children will learn positions and how to work as a team when fielding.

 

Outdoor Adventures

 

This area of learning is about exercising the brain. The children will complete activities in teams and as individuals. They will have to solve puzzles both physically and mentally as well as follow clues as part of various scavenger hunts. The focus here is on respecting others and team work; understanding that others have skills to offer too.

 

Gymnastics

 

Crossing over into Music once again children will learn different ways to move on the floor and across apparatus. They will link movements and balances both separated from and with musical accompaniment.

 

Dance

 

Focussing on balance and rhythm, dance overlaps with Music lessons. Here the children can copy movements or create their own dance steps. They will learn to control their own bodies, balance and move to different styles.

 

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‘The more you read, the more

things you know. The more that you learn,

the more places you will go.’

 

Dr Seuss

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IF IT IS COLD DO THE CHILDREN SWIM?

Over the dry season it gets quite cold, especially around December and January. We ask parents to send the children with their swimming costumes and Teacher Dave inspects the temperature of the pool on a daily basis.

WHAT IS A SALT WATER CHLORINATOR?

Salt water chlorinators are much more natural. The chlorinator produces chlorine through chemically altering salt. They are much better for the children’s skin and eyes.

DO I NEED EXTRA CLOTHES OR SHOES FOR P.E.?

We are lucky to have a rubber safe playground. We advise trainers for P.E. but if the children don’t have them we allow them to play bare foot depending on the activity. Children are advised to bring spare clothes in case of accidents but it also helps on sports days as it can get quite sweaty!

WHICH DAYS ARE P.E. AND SWIMMING?

Please check our timetable page for all activities

DO YOU PLAY SPECIFIC SPORTS IN P.E.?

We teach sports skills and begin to play sports by Year 1. The children get access to specific sports through our extra curricular activities.

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