Sport is a very important feature of life at Feltonfleet and a very active Games department aims to provide the greatest possible opportunity for all pupils to develop skills and represent the school. In addition to curricular PE and organised sport, our pupils are encouraged to take a very active interest in extra-curricular activities to support physical learning and understanding. The Feltonfleet Sport aim is to ‘create better athletes…..for life’.
The sporting pathway at Feltonfleet is broken down into four mutually supporting phases. PREPARE (Nursery to Year 2), EDUCATE (Years 3 and 4), DEVELOP (Years 5 and 6) and DELIVER (Years 7 and 8). This framework requires a holistic approach from coaches and staff and ensures that each individual receives an appropriate level of challenge.
In the Pre-Prep
In Nursery and Reception much of the learning programme is activity-based involving both inside and outside routines. The focus during these early years is physical development, to ensure both gross and fine motor skills are learned, along with life skills such as effective communication and teamwork.
In Years 1 and 2, there are three PE lessons a week for all pupils, taught by specialist staff. These take place on the Astroturf, indoors, or in the swimming pool and are supported by a wide range of extra-curricular activities including ballet, tennis, chess, gardening, forest club, first aid, judo, art and knitting.
In the Prep School
The Lower School (Years 3 and 4) have two extended Games sessions a week, increasing to four sessions in the Middle School (Years 5 and 6) and Upper School (Years 7 and 8). One of these sessions is usually reserved for representative fixtures which may take place on a Saturday morning.
The programme of major sports has been reviewed in order to align better with physiological demands and reflect the change in popularity for particular sports. As of September 2017 both girls and boys play hockey, cricket and football. In addition, girls play netball and boys play rugby.
In recent years, the school has had great success at Rugby 7s (a choice for Years 7 and 8), swimming, skiing and hockey, and is a Centre of Excellence for shooting. Our heated indoor swimming pool is popular, with specialist lessons throughout the school year, while athletics, cross-country, archery and golf each contribute to the annual sporting menu. Sport plays a central role in the school calendar and offers something for all abilities.