Junior School Sport

At ECJS, we are proud to offer a rich and diverse PE and Games curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities for all our pupils.  Our aim is to instil in our children the love of participating in physical activity, whether this is as an individual or a member of a team, across a range of sports.  We encourage all pupils to access the range of opportunities on offer and, Aim High – try their best, Be Kind – show great sportsmanship and Be Brave – try something new or challenging. These values are at the heart of all sessions, including the various ‘Inter House’ and ‘Inter School’ competitions. The excellent facilities, on and off site, and the large number of committed specialist teachers within the department, enable us to deliver a high quality experience for all pupils at the start of their sporting lives

PE

Each child at Acorn House receives a 35-minute lesson each week. Lessons cover a range of activities including ball and games skills, Dance, Gymnastics and Swimming, which takes place at Beau Sejour in the Trinity Term.

Games

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Each year group has access to two sessions per week.  Year groups are differentiated by class and ability.  With a number of specialist staff within the teaching team, this allows us to deliver sessions to smaller groups, giving them a better experience; regular personal feedback and increased participation in activities.  As well as the staff of ECJS, the department has developed links through the Guernsey Sports Commission, who support and lead sessions throughout the year. The sports within the curriculum include; Swimming (Michaelmas and Trinity Term), Netball, Football, Hockey, Tag Rugby, Fencing, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities – Bouldering, Orienteering and Problem Solving, Athletics, Cricket (Hardball and Kwik), Rounders and Sailing (Year 6 only).

Extra Curricular

Acorn House provides a range of After School Clubs to Year 2 pupils. These include: Dance, Athletics and Basketball. Visit the Extra-Curricular page for more details.

PE

ph_js_sport03Each child receives one 35-minute lesson per week. All lessons are taught by PE specialists and cover Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics and the newly introduced Multi Skills programme. Multi Skills has been developed through work with the Guernsey Sports Commission and focuses on agility, balance and co-ordination, which are the key factors for most sports. The children have the opportunity to attempt activity cards that get progressively harder. Individual and group based activities are used to develop a specific attribute, before retrying the activity cards. This programme has been a great success so far. The children have responded superbly to this new initiative, enjoying the broad range of activities that the programme has to offer.

Games

Each year group has access to two sessions per week. Year groups are differentiated by class and ability. With a number of specialist staff within the teaching team, this allows us to deliver sessions to smaller groups, giving them a better experience; regular personal feedback and increased participation in activities. As well as the staff of ECJS, the department has developed links through the Guernsey Sports Commission, who support and lead sessions throughout the year. The sports within the curriculum include; Swimming (Michaelmas and Trinity Term), Netball, Football, Hockey, Tag Rugby, Fencing, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities – Bouldering, Orienteering and Problem Solving, Athletics, Cricket (Hardball and Kwik), Rounders and Sailing (Year 6 only.

Skills, tactics and game play are taught across the range of activities. The pupils are given the maximum time possible to develop their skills in a game situation. This is not only through the lesson, but also in Inter House Competitions, Sports Day, Swimming Galas, Cross Country Series and other events hosted by ECJS and outside agencies.

Extra Curricular

Extra-curricular clubs are plentiful and varied, offering opportunities for all pupils to find an area of interest. These are popular with the pupils at ECJS. All pupils are encouraged to participate and enjoy these experiences, keeping the school aims at the heart of their learning. Football, Netball, Hockey, Cricket and Rounders Clubs help to ensure our school teams are prepared for their fixtures. We are also able to offer clubs including; Squash, Gymnastics, Dance, Judo, Cross Country and Table Tennis.

ECJS takes every opportunity to enter teams and individual pupils into ‘inter-school’ competitions. We are proud that these events are inclusive rather than exclusive, with pupils given the opportunity to represent their school during their time at ECJS.

Tours

Our three UK sports ‘tours’ are a fantastic experience for the pupils and staff at ECJS. We are fortunate to have developed strong links with three schools in England. Over a two night period, groups travel to the mainland to play our hosts and surrounding schools. Our aim is to ensure all pupils who wish to ‘tour’ will have at least one opportunity to do so in Year 5 or 6.

UK Tours – Schools and Sports
Hampton Prep School – Football
Ipswich Prep School – Hockey and Netball
Cheltenham College Prep – Cricket and Rounders

This is a reciprocal agreement and we are delighted to host our guests throughout the year for Hockey (Cheltenham) Netball (Cheltenham and Ipswich) Cricket (Ipswich and Hampton) and Rounders (Ipswich.)