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Primary Sports Days to Begin

21 April 2016

Next week we begin our programme of Primary Sports Days. These are always very special days, much enjoyed by the children and parents alike, when the students get a chance to practise many of the skills they have been learning in PE. 

  • Primary students at The British International School Shanghai, Puxi take part in their Sports Day events

Sports Days mean different things to different children, often depending on their age, but they are, and should be, an enjoyable learning experience for all. 

The focus in the Early Years is to ensure that our young ones have fun, whilst demonstrating their skills in front of friends and families. This can be challenging for some of our very youngest cubs initially, and it is always a delight to see how their confidence quickly grows.

Key Stage 1 children enjoy sports days with excitement and enthusiasm. They love to show off in the range of activities such as Basketball Push, Football Shoot and Turbo Javelin throw. Determination and effort can be seen on the expressions on their faces when earning house points becomes important and they want to do well.

In Year 3 and Year 4 competition, we see the will to win becoming even more important. The children concentrate on their performances, trying to improve so that they get to take their place card to the markers’ table to contribute to their House success.

By Year 5 and Year 6 competition is the real focus. Children select, or are selected, to represent their House for particular events. Sports day for the older children runs as an athletic meet, with children organising themselves to be in the right place at the right time to compete. They participate with determination and then cheer others on, celebrating success and supporting the disappointed.

Of course each child is an individual and these broad generalisations will not apply to them all.  However, Sports Days are one of the many school events that leave a lasting impression, whether it is simply as a fun day, or whether it is as a day of triumph or disappointment. Our Sports Days are a community event where all the children take part, so please come and join us if you can. Please also help by ensuring that your child comes dressed appropriately and has a water bottle, sun hat and sun screen, if the weather is hot. Fingers crossed that the rain stays off!

Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary