We recognise that PE needs to build on the children’s natural enthusiasm for movement, by expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations.
We believe that Physical Education should lead to a sense of well-being, a greater understanding of health and fitness, a healthy lifestyle and a feeling of self-confidence.
From Reception to Year 6 all children are timetabled to receive two hours of PE and Games per week.
Early Years and Foundation
Lessons are designed to help children make excellent progress in their physical development. Children are involved in multi-skill activities which allow them to practise in all areas such movement, balance, spatial awareness and coordination. Cross curricular links are used as often as possible to reinforce learning in other Early Learning Goals. For example, counting and alphabet games are combined with parachute activities, and well known children’s stories are linked to dance routines. Above all, the lessons are made fun in order to encourage children to enjoy physical activity from an early age.
Key Stage One
Building on from the Foundation Stage, PE in KS1 further develops skills such as throwing, catching, striking and hitting. These skills allow the children to participate in a wide variety of games. Children enjoy friendly competition against fellow class members in a relaxed and inclusive environment. More formal lessons in gymnastics and dance are introduced at this age.
Key Stage Two
Children are introduced to more organised invasion games such a tag rugby, netball and football where the need to follow rules and develop strategies and tactics are required. Net games such as tennis and volleyball are also taught as well as gymnastics, dance, athletics, cricket and rounders.
Every year in early July we hold our annual Sports Day for children from Reception to Year 6. Parents are actively encouraged to attend and cheer the children along, as well as take part in a fun parents’ race.
As part of the National Curriculum, children have swimming lessons run by GLL at Morden Park Pools. The children go swimming for a term in Year One, Year Two and Year Three. The lessons are differentiated into three groups to allow the instructors to both support and challenge all children.
Merton School Sports Partnership (MSSP)
The school is part of MSSP and is part of the Wimbledon Cluster of Primary schools which consists of Dundonald, Wimbledon Park, The Priory CE, Holy Trinity CE, Pelham, Bishop Gilpin CE, All Saints CE, Merton Abbey and St Mary’s RC. The MSSP regularly organises tournaments and festivals between schools in the cluster.
In a number of sports such as football, tag rugby, netball, rounders, athletics and cricket, the cluster competitions have a pathway to Borough finals and the London Youth Games.
In cricket, Wimbledon Chase is the only state Primary school in Merton to enter a hard ball cricket competition. The competition, run by the Surrey Cricket Federation, has a finals day every July held at prestigious locations.
Extra Curricular Clubs
Wimbledon Chase offers a variety of sports and dance clubs which take place before, during and after school hours. These clubs include multiskills, dodgeball, football, tennis, cricket, yoga, aikido, hockey, tag rugby, running, netball, street dance, tap & jazz.
The school has very good links to local community sports clubs such as the Old Ruts, AFC Wimbledon, Wilton Tennis Club, Wimbledon Racquet and Fitness Club. Children are encouraged to join their local clubs wherever possible.