Getting children off to a positive start in sport

Our main aim in our sports lessons for kindergarten children is to introduce them to basic movements to improve their motor skills. We use a range of fun listening games using numbers and colours to introduce the students to the concept of spatial awareness. We also use a range of different stimuli such as balls, beanbags and hoops to enhance basic skills such as catching, throwing, running and jumping.  As the year progresses we begin to introduce the students to skill-based activities, in small groups, with the aim of developing team-work and communication.

John Colet School is part of the local PISA Competition, which runs in Term 1-3 and allows children from Year 3 to 6 a chance to participate in competitive sport. We believe Year 3 is a great age for them to be introduced to competitive sport as it allows us to develop vital concepts such as team-work, resilience, problem-solving and leadership. One of our primary aims when the students begin Year 2 is to introduce them to the sports the PISA Competition offers and as the year progresses they are provided with opportunities in class to practise match-play and game situations in teams.  The work we do with the students in class before they begin playing competitively allows them to enter any competition with self-confidence as well as knowledge of the rules and procedures of their respective sport.

The most important thing a parent can do with their child is to be positive and supportive of any activity the child participates in. Creating a positive environment will greatly enhance the child’s enjoyment of the activity and lead to further participation. Also, introducing children to a wide range of sports and activities, rather than specialising in a certain sport from a young age, will develop new types of movement and a more rounded skill-base, as well as decreasing the chance of burnout or fatigue.

Providing a child with equipment for use at home, and if possible, a designated and safe space to play, will allow them to play at their own discretion and give them an easy outlet to play with friends and family. This could be anything from a trampoline or soccer goal in the backyard, to a mini basketball hoop for their bedroom. It’s never been easier for a child to switch on a screen for stimulation, so it’s vital that parents make it as easy as possible for them to be active instead.

Helpful Sport Links

https://whatmomslove.com/kids/active-indoor-games-activities-for-kids-to-burn-energy/ – some great indoor activities to keep children active.

https://www.rulesofsport.com/ – rules of a range of sports including soccer, cricket, softball, tee-ball and netball.

https://www.unicefkidpower.org/fun-sports-activities-games-resources-kids/ – a fantastic database for skills and drills for individual sports