PE & Sports
There are a variety of exciting sporting opportunities for boys at Brantridge, both in school and as part of our local community. We acknowledge the importance of sport in developing an appropriate level of competition, teamwork, physical and mental health and so actively promote participation in a range of activities.
Brantridge continues to make use of the excellent facilities at the Dolphin Leisure Centre in Haywards Heath. The bespoke swim programs for each class provide all our boys with the opportunities to experience success and develop their confidence in and around the water. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop aspects of the 4 main strokes, in particular, the leg and arms actions as well as breathing patterns and effective body positions. These are vital life skills and a fun, playful learning environment create the perfect mix of confidence and development.
The older boys are exposed to aspects of water safety and lifesaving. Learning how to enter the water safely and a range of techniques of towing and rescuing people from the water. On top of this, pupils will learn how to dive safely, ensuring the pool is deep enough and they can enter in a safe and effective manner.
The K2 in Crawley continues to provide an outstanding gymnastics experience for all our boys. They get to use to the Olympic rings, parallel bars, trampoline, trampettes and a whole range of other equipment to develop their gymnastic abilities. There is a strong emphasis on skill development and control of movement, alongside the development of agility, balance and co-ordination. It has been highly successful in the past and continues to be a wonderful experience for our boys.
Class teachers will continue to design and run their PE programs as they see fit for their classes. On top of the swimming and gymnastics, boys should also experience a range of activities developing knowledge, skills and understanding across the following areas;
Pupils should be taught to:
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- Play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis), and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example, through athletics and gymnastics)
- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.