Athletics makes up a large part of the physical education timetable in the summer term. Some games lessons are also dedicated to this important discipline.
During the athletics programme each pupil attempts to achieve four main objectives. First of all pupils attempt to better their own standards in events from the previous year. If they are successful, they acquire points for their patrol’s Sports Day total. (Each pupil’s results are publicised in the history classroom window. If a pupil has improved in an event from the previous year they have a blue sticker next to their standard, if not, the sticker is red).
Second, pupils usually secure their place in events of their choice for Sports Day by finishing in the top ten places of an event.
Third, new skills are acquired during the teaching of events and the pupils develop their knowledge of techniques, rules and strategy for competition participation.
Lastly, and possibly most important of all, the pupils gain that feeling of utter satisfaction knowing that they offered maximum effort and did their absolute best when completing an event.
This process encourages learning, offers attainable success to pupils of all abilities and creates a stage for the more able performers to show their performance levels on Sports Day. This day is the climax to many aspects of the school year and it is fitting that the school’s elite athletes are able to shine.