PE and Games are an important part of life at the Junior School. We encourage all children to take a full part in physical activity and aim to realise the full potential of every child, regardless of ability. The emphasis is on enjoyment, skills development and teamwork. There are regular inter-house sporting competitions throughout the year where the children compete in a range of sports to win the House Cup.
The children have access to a varied programme of PE, taught by specialist PE Teachers and coaches, including PE staff from our Senior School. Much of the PE takes place in our Junior School gym, but we also have shared use with our Senior School of a swimming pool, sports hall, tennis and netball courts, a multi-use games area and a large sports field.
From their very first days at OLA, children are taught how to swim and have Gymnastics and Dance lessons. They also learn the skills they will need for games such as Hockey, Netball, Football, Cricket, Tennis and Rounders, which are introduced when the children are in Year 3. Children in Year 6 also take part in Outdoor and Adventure activities on the annual residential to Wales.
To complement the curriculum, sports clubs take place before school, at lunchtimes and after school. Many of the clubs are non-selective and open to children of all abilities, but children who show potential are selected for squad practice and early morning swimming. In Key Stage Two, children are selected to play in a variety of fixtures against other independent schools and local primary schools.
The sporting highlight of the year is Sports Day when children compete for the House Athletics Cup.