In Physical Education we provide a wide variety of movement activities building on the early stages of physical development. Our aim is to build on the children’s own creativity and enthusiasm, progressing to learning the basics for a range of different sports. We offer an inclusive education that focuses on the holistic development of the child, one that incorporates not only skill acquisition, but the building of confidence, competition and cooperation with others.
In the Early Years and Year 1, pupils have two 45 minute PE lessons a week. These lessons are taught by a specialist teacher and follow the Early Year’s Framework and Key Stage 1 curriculum. Children are encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards health and physical activity. The emphasis is on planning, performing and evaluating through dance, games and gymnastic activities. Children are also taught the importance of safety, in particular, when responding to instructions and tackling new challenges.
In Year 2, pupils continue to build on the skills they have learnt in Reception and Year 1. Once a week they have a 60 minute PE lesson and a 60 minute games lesson, in which the children are split by gender. During the games lesson they begin to learn the basics of some of the main sports, working individually, in pairs and groups.
Children in Year 3 and 4 have a 60 minute PE lesson and a 90 minute games lesson. In Years 3 and 4, pupils also receive 1½ terms of swimming coaching at Westminster Lodge swimming pool in St Albans. Pupils are placed in four ability groups by qualified and experienced coaches. The lesson is 30 minutes long and the children are taught the four main swimming strokes, it also includes some life saving for those children in the top group.
In Year 5, the children have a 90 minute games afternoon and a 30 minute PE lesson; they also have the opportunity to be selected for squad afternoon. In Year 6, pupils have a 90 minute games session and a 60 minute PE lesson.
In games pupils are split into single gender groups and they are taught, netball, football, rugby, hockey, cricket, rounders and athletics. In this timetabled lesson, pupils have an opportunity to represent the school in matches. Manor Lodge is part of the Prep School circuit, playing other school in the area including; Radlett Prep, Heath Mount, Kingshott, Haberdashers Boys and Girls, Westbrook Hay, Duncombe School, Keble, St Hilda’s and Lockers Park.
We endeavour to provide all children with the opportunity to play in matches against other schools and the children also compete in the many sporting House events that take place in the school. These include:
- Inter House touch rugby/netball
- Inter House rounders
- Inter House cross country (Years 2-6)
- Junior and infant sports day
We also host our own football tournament, to which other schools are invited and the children now compete in the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools sports tournaments.
Manor Lodge has a range of fantastic facilities that are used throughout the year. These include:
- Sports fields for hockey/lacrosse/football/rugby
- An all weather cricket square and nets
- A netball court – under development
- Two indoor areas for dance and general sports lessons
- A changing pavilion for girls and boys
- Long jump pit
- High jump bed
In the summer term, the pitches are modified to make room for a 300 metres athletics track and cricket and rounders pitches.
Overall, sport plays an important role in school life at Manor Lodge and as a department we aim to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to share in the many positive facets of physical education.