Welcome back, and here’s to what we hope will be another cracking year of PE and Sports at BIS. As PE teachers, we never focus only on the success of school sports teams, but we pride ourselves on educating every child with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to want to play sports in and outside of school. Our mantra as a PE Department is displayed high on the wall of our sports hall:
“It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday”.
This approach of putting the learning of your child at the heart of all that we do, goes hand in hand with the ethos of the school and its Aide Memoire.
We, as a PE department, adopt an approach that encourages us to teach with Integrity and focus upon all children within the class and not just the stronger or more able children. Our teaching aims to develop the whole child when playing, by encouraging them to learn a variety of skills and tactics that they can then use appropriately when in game situations. This gives children the confidence to participate and feel valued as part of a team.
We are Caring. We care about our students' development, at whatever skill level they are at in an activity. We encourage players to make informed and tactical decisions for themselves, rather than us continually instructing at every moment within a game. We teach the child the techniques, and then they make the decisions and actions when playing.
The BIS PE department has Respect, and values that every child is an individual. We accept that each child will enjoy different sports, and as such we treat all aspects of sport equally and try to provide as many opportunities as possible. We give equal weighting and appreciation to as many sporting activities as possible, with a greater focus on the life skills, such as swimming. We also encourage our students to learn and play in many different sporting activities throughout the year. This has been proven important for a players all-round sporting development and for the wellbeing of the child.
Every PE teacher aims for our students to have the ability of Enquiry. Children will be enabled to practice skills and tactics within the lesson to see which are successful for their own and for their team development. This knowledge of what does and doesn't work for them will allow players to make their own decisions in key moments of games. We teach the children the tools to make the decisions for themselves, and the confidence and ability to perform for themselves or their team.
The PE department understands that it is good to fail. It is OK to make mistakes. As long as after moments of mistakes the teacher provides opportunity for Reflection, thus turning failures into learning opportunities, then imperfections can be powerful tools for improvement.
We will always encourage students to learn that working towards improving our failings, using skills of Perseverance, leads to successful and confident players. Teachers have the confidence of giving instructions and then allowing students the time to persevere in their attempts to improve. This guidance helps players to understand how and why their adaptations have been successful and encourages the will to continually try and succeed.
We, as a department, only want the best for your child. We want them to feel happy, safe, and confident to participate in a variety of sporting activities that will see them improve their teamwork, communication, social and problem solving skills, as well as appreciating the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle in and at home.
Meet our new teachers in the PE Department!
Ms Ann Harvey
Hello! My name is Ms Ann, I have been teaching PE for 10 years. This will be the sixth school I have worked in, having taught in various different schools in the UK. I have previously been a Head of Year and in charge of Girls Primary PE in my last school. Outside of school, I enjoy going to the gym and playing both hockey and netball. I have also just signed up for staff basketball and football! I am looking forward to working at BIS, as I have heard so many wonderful things about the school. So far I have been wowed by the facilities, the family atmosphere and how polite and friendly all the children are.
Mr. Lamech Sancho
I am Mr. Lamech Sancho, and I have been working in BIS for more than 5 years already, notably at the Junior Campus. Aside from being a PE teaching assistant, I have been involved as coach and trainer for SISAC, FOBISIA and NAE Games, both local and overseas competitions. I have been working as well in sports clubs that includes Multi-Skills, TeeBall, Football and Basketball. Furthermore, I had been teaching swimming to different year groups and have undergone several training and courses to further enhance my teaching ability both in Swimming and PE.
And also our new Teaching Assistants, Ms Thao and Ms Tra
Mr Simon Grimshaw, PE Subject Leader