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Primary Sports

Department Philosophies and Aims
 
The philosophy of the Department is that every pupil should be given the opportunity and encouragement to achieve their potential in a stimulating, informative and safe environment. Further incorporating our ‘Be Ambitious’ school motto.
 
Our aims are to:
 
  • Encourage a healthy and active lifestyle throughout the school body
  • Nurture sportsmanship in all aspects of competition
  • Widen each pupil’s sporting experience and enjoyment
  • Create a passion for active recreation and sport
  • Assist pupils in reaching their physical potential in a variety of sporting environments
 
We pride ourselves in fostering the pursuit of excellence in a sport-for-all environment. NAS supports boys’ and girls’ and compete in many sports from the DASSA leagues including Football, Rugby, Netball, Cricket, Rounders, Aquathon, Athletics, Basketball and Swimming. The PE department is extremely proud of the fact that we participated in over 400 fixtures in 2017/18 from year 3 to year 11. An amazing feat which has been accomplished because of our outstanding students, teachers, parents and facilities. This has been recognized by the UAE Sports Teen awards where NAS Dubai was awarded:
 
‘Best Sport and fittest School’ newcomer.
 
Primary and Secondary Sport
 
NAS Dubai is in a privileged position to develop a student from three years old through to eighteen. The child’s sporting pathway has been carefully designed from EYFS through to year twelve. On this pathway students are quickly identified through regular assessment and start their journey of sport at NAS which caters for all to progress with success.
 
Primary and Secondary PE staff work closely in designing, planning and delivering sport at NAS which enhances a student’s experience in sport. The pathway for each and every child in sport is an enjoyable and challenging journey.
 
The importance of Physical Education
 
PE develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. A high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, they analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve upon them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity. PE helps pupils develop personally and socially. It instils passion, respect, integrity, resilience, teamwork, commitment and sportsmanship. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, leading their own learning and coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.
 
Sport for All vs. Elitism at NAS Dubai
 
We believe that every pupil should be given the opportunity to achieve their potential. Subsequently we seek to ensure that pupils of all abilities are encouraged to be the best they possibly can. By this rationale, the department believes that both Sport for All and Elite sporting performance can flourish side by side.
All lessons from Foundation Stage to Year 2 are taught mixed gender, mixed ability groups. Lessons from Year 3 – 6 are taught as single gender groups. Groups are differentiated into ‘extension/exceeding’ ’expected’ and/or ‘development’ cohorts. Further differentiation happens within the lesson in order to assist all pupils to work at a level that is both challenging and tangible.
 
Streaming
 
At the beginning and end of each year students from year 1 - 6 will take part in a series of baseline tests to determine areas of strength and weakness. Once all data is collected the department analyse the results and set groups accordingly from year 3-6 to benefit the needs of all students.
 
The top two sets for boys and girls will have the specialist teacher for the season of sport. ie. Season 1 football; the coach taking the team for football will take the squad for lessons in their curriculum time and their morning training. This will provide a much needed extra session to improve team performance. The development group will still participate in football but at a different time of the year. The development group will still have opportunities to make the squads. Groupings are flexible.
 
The PE curriculum has been designed so that the block of sports take place before and during the season. This will help teams prepare for the season ahead and work on tactics during the season.
 
As in with other subjects that set, streaming will enhance and accelerate learning and overall become more enjoyable for the students and will encourage full commitment, discipline and effort.
 
This is an example of the curriculum although this is subject to change.
 
 
2 lesson per week apart from the split lessons below
2018/19
 
Top Boys
 
Top Girls
 
Middle boys
 
Middle Girls
 
Developing Boys
 
Developing Girls
 
Term 1
Baseline
 
Baseline
 
Baseline
 
Baseline
 
Baseline
 
Baseline
 
 
 
Swim
Pool
Old
Swim
New Pool
New
Swim
Pool
Old
Swim
New Pool
New
Fitness
 
 
 
Football
New pitch
Football
Old pitch
Football
New Pitch
Football
Old pitch
Swim
Old
Swim
New
 
 
Athletics
60 minute
Rugby
40 minute
Athletics
60 minute
Netball
40 minute
Athletics
60 minute
Rugby
40 minute
Athletics
60 minute
Netball
40 minute
Athletics
60 minute
Basketball
40 minute
Athletics
60 minute
Netball
40 minute
 
Term 2
Rugby
New Pitch
Netball
New courts
Rugby
New Pitch
Netball
New courts
Football
Netball
Tennis courts
 
 
Basketball
New Court
Basketball
Sports hall
Basketball
New Court
Basketball
Tennis courts
Swim
Swim
 
 
Swim
Cricket
Swim
Rounders
Swim
Cricket
Swim
Rounders
Rugby
Basketball
 
Term 3
Swim
Cricket
Swim
Rounders
Swim
Cricket
Swim
Rounders
Cricket
Rounders
 
 
Fitness, Swim, Gymnastics carousel
Fitness, Swim, Gymnastics carousel
Fitness, Swim, Gymnastics carousel
Fitness, Swim, Gymnastics carousel
Fitness, Swim, Gymnastics carousel
Fitness, Swim, Gymnastics carousel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Curriculum Outline and Aims
 
Our curriculum at NAS includes areas from the National Curriculum and sports that we compete in through the DASSA leagues. Groups are given the opportunity to train as squads in PE from years 3-12. We track and monitor the students to assess them throughout to ensure students know their ability levels and set targets to improve. Within the curriculum we look at key areas such as:
 
 
Through a balanced curriculum students will be encouraged to physically active and literate, developing co-ordination, control and overall body management. They will be involved in problem-solving, communicating with others and team-building exercises. Students will be encouraged to understand the importance of a healthy life style through participation in and enjoyment of a variety of activities and environments. The streaming of students will enhance this outcome.
 
Inter house
 
NAS prides itself of being inclusive, offering opportunity and follow the idea of sport for all. Every students in the school is allocated a house upon arrival. Allegiance and loyalty to one’s house are a strong feature to life at NAS and this is, perhaps, most evident at the various sporting inter-house events which take place regularly throughout the year and at the end of each topic of sport.
Results from inter-house sporting events are collected and collated to help overall house results at the end of term and year.
 
Swimming
 
At NAS, we believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn how to swim and be taught how to stay safe in and around water. We provide students with opportunities for personal growth and enjoyment, and an introduction to the lifelong health benefits of swimming. Swimming is taught in a fun environment while nurturing a competitive attitude at the individual’s own rate. Our desire is to create a positive atmosphere where NAS students can learn to set individual goals and experience the rewards of achieving them.
In our curriculum programme, we offer a guided age-group program for children age 4 and up, from the swimmer with basic stroke ability to competitive and skilled swimmers. We also strive for all swimmers at NAS, especially our squad swimmers, to have the basic values of sportsmanship, good behaviour and team work.
Our success is ultimately measured by how much opportunity we provide for the students of our school and by how much their individual potential is maximized. The building of positive attitudes, healthy bodies, disciplined minds, and enduring friendships are among the rewards our program strives to offer.
 
Sports facilities
 
The school has a brand new state of the art swimming facility comprising of two 6 lane swimming pools and two small teaching and learning pool and one splash play area for the younger age groups.
A state of the art 4G multi purpose world rugby approved astro pitch
A full size astro football pitch.
 
Four outdoor netball, basketball and tennis courts
Spinning room
Weights room/fitness suite
Two dance studios
 
 
Squads
 
Football
Boy’s football is a very popular sport at NAS Dubai and is played throughout all year groups in the curriculum. We run competitive A and B teams at U8, U9, U10 and U11 for the DAPSA leagues in term 1. As a school we host the annual NAS Dubai Cup early in term 2. Additionally, we enter the BMSE U11 football tournament in Bahrain, managing to finish 3rd overall in this year’s tournament which was a fantastic achievement. Girl’s football is rapidly growing at NAS Dubai with us currently fielding two teams at U9 and U11 level, but we envisage this growing further as the popularity grows with it. All teams have been very competitive in the leagues this academic year and we are hoping for more success next academic year.
 
Netball
Netball is a highly regarded sport by pupils and parents here at NAS. Each year we continue to develop and show high levels of ability in each netball season across all age ranges.
Netball is open to all girls who would like to improve their skills. We begin training in term 1 and we currently aim to enter 2 teams per year group up to year 6 in the DAPSA Netball league in term 2. This year we had two teams who finished top of their league and we also had a team finish 1st place in the DAPSA finals tournament, a huge achievement!
 
Swimming
Swimming at NAS has grown immensely over the last 3 years and this year has been our best yet.  All our squads did extremely well in all the leagues we entered and through that, our curriculum has gone from strength to strength. Swimming is a very technical sport and our focus is merely on developing good habits in curriculum through to our squads. Our secondary swim squad came second overall in the league, our primary development team entered the DAPSA league for the first time this year and came second overall in the final and our primary competitive squad, who is in the B league, have won every single league gala this year and with that, will be competing in the A league next year. A great achievement and our squads will only go from strength to strength.
 
Basketball
Basketball has gained in popularity since NAS has opened, with both girls and boys teams entered in the DAPSA basketball leagues. In the 2017-8 academic year teams were entered for U11 girls (Y5+6), U10 boys and U11 boys. Games are played on our indoor court and there are two additional outdoor training areas available for training. With new facilities being constructed we look forward to providing more opportunities for the sport to grow in the upcoming year.
 
Rugby
Rugby continues to be an extremely popular and successful boys sport at NAS Dubai, with us recently investing in a brand new, state of the art 4G pitch that will showcase us as a school with one of the best rugby facilities in Dubai. As a school we run teams at U8 Tag, U9 Contact, U10 Contact and U11 Contact rugby in term 2, as well as entering the annual DC 7s and DC10’s annual rugby tournament. As a school we are very competitive and have performed well in both the DAPSA leagues, becoming plate winners at the DC 10’s tournament. I’m positive that rugby at NAS Dubai will be even better next academic year.
 
Tennis
Tennis continues to grow at NAS Dubai with mixed tennis teams at U9, U11 and Secondary level. These teams take part in an hours training each week, added with friendly matches against schools throughout Dubai. As a school we enter the Dubai Tennis Championships in March, which is an opportunity for our teams to participate in a competitive tournament. This year we entered 4 teams per age group which was the most of any school in Dubai and shows how popular the sport is. Additionally, all teams attend the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships giving pupils the opportunity to watch live tennis and be involved in the CF Tennis ball kids programme.
 
Gymnastics
Gymnastics is greatly popular amongst our primary students at NAS. We have a squad for gymnastics and then have CCA sessions, which for year 3 and 4 in particular had large numbers! We focus mainly on artistic gymnastics, looking at floor and vault. The students are also taught about the importance of strength and conditioning, as well as flexibility to be successful in their sport. The students train during term 1 and 2, with their sessions culminating in a floor and vault competition. We have attended the competition since it started in 2016 and our students are regularly on the podium!
 
Dance
Dance CCA sessions are open to both girls and boys from year 3 upwards. During term 1 and 2 the students are working towards desert dance, which is a showcase which many other school in Dubai participate in. We are pleased to have seen an increase of boys getting involved in dance since our collaboration with Juilliard and implementing our performing arts curriculum. In addition to desert dance the students get to perform in our auditorium for our sports awards every year. The students experience a range of different styles from contemporary to hip hop and are often included in the choreographic process as well.
 
Cricket
Cricket has become a very enjoyable sport in term 3 here at NAS Dubai. We enter both competitive and development teams at U9 and U11 level. As a school we have performed extremely well so far going through to the DAPSA cricket finals. We also offer CCA cricket, giving pupils who don’t make the squads an equal opportunity to train, develop and enhance their skills. I’m sure that cricket will continue to be a success at NAS Dubai.
 
Rounders
Rounder’s is continuing to develop here at NAS. We open training in term 2 to all girls from year 3 to 6 to prepare them for the season in term 3. We currently enter an A &B team in the DAPSA Rounder’s leagues in the U9 and U11 age categories. The curriculum has been designed to work alongside squad training to help develop our teams further.