Physical Education

Eltham North Primary School provides a high quality Physical Education program for every child. It is designed to prepare students for a healthy and active lifestyle through the development of skills, knowledge, teamwork and positive attitudes. Our comprehensive program provides children with a wide range of physical and sporting experiences focusing on the sequential development of fundamental motor and locomotion skills, gymnastics, dance, athletics, fitness and sport education. 

To implement the P.E. program, we have access to excellent facilities including a hall, nearby oval, basketball, netball, volleyball and bat tennis courts. We also have a range of equipment that ensures a variety of exciting new experiences each session. Various lunch time and after school coaching programs are also offered throughout the term.

Our specialist Physical Education teacher, Sarah Van Nieukerk leads skill based Physical Education programs with Prep - Year 6 children each week. Children in the junior school will learn and practice the correct techniques for running, hopping, jumping, skipping, catching, throwing, kicking, rolling, balancing, twisting and turning. While those in the middle and senior school will develop the capacity to link these skills into more complex and coordinated movement sequences. As students develop increasingly complex motor skills, they will be given opportunities to then apply these to appropriately modified games and sport-specific settings.

At the beginning of the year a strong emphasis is placed on promoting teamwork and goal setting. Some of the goals classes set to achieve this year include:

  • Encourage & cooperate each other
    Have fun
    Play safely and sensibly
    Respect each other and the equipment
    Stop, look and listen when you hear the whistle
    Always try our best

The children enjoy having these goals and often relate back to them to see how they are progressing.

Summary of recent achievements:

District Swim Carnival – Third School
District Cross Country Competition – Winning School
District Athletics Competition - Winning School
Lacrosse Schools Competition Champions - 2015
Regional Cross Country Championships - Five students qualified
Regional Athletics Championships - Six students selected qualified
Qualified in Regional Cricket Finals – Year 5/6 Girls and Years 5/6 Boys
Regional Finals for Year 3/4 Boys Hooptime team
State Finals for Year 5/6 Girls Hooptime team
Raising $5049 for the Heart Foundation during Jump Rope for Heart

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Curriculum

Foundation Level: (Preps)

The first semester is focused around the participation in PMP (Perceptual Motor Program). The six skills we aim to develop are auditory, visual, motor, social, language and memory. These skills can be broken down into the following:

Developing language skills necessary for active involvement in the program
Developing eye muscles so the child can focus and track effectively
Improving eye/hand and eye/foot coordination
Improving locomotion, balance and fitness
Developing the social skills of sharing, participating, assisting and caring for other children
Building confidence while using equipment and during movement
Developing spatial awareness
Developing motor memory
Level 1 & 2:

Students in this semester will be participating in units of gymnastics, catching, throwing, striking and skipping. They will:

Learn and execute basic gymnastic shapes
Perform and understand safe landings
Demonstrate basic movement patterns including jumping, landing, balance & rotations
Building upon the fundamental motor skills of throwing and catching
Learn the technique of forehand striking a stationary ball and be given the opportunity to progress on to hitting a moving ball
Develop their skipping skills, gradually becoming more fluent and confident
Level 3 & 4:

Students will have a busy semester that includes team building, lacrosse, fitness, athletics and skipping sessions.

In lacrosse students will learn how to scoop, catch and throw
In fitness activities students will be assessed on their aerobic capacity, agility and strength
In the athletics unit students will work hard on improving their knowledge, skills and techniques in all events
The skipping unit will give students a chance to work collaboratively as they build skipping routines in small groups
The Year 3 & 4 students will:

Participate in the School Swimming Carnival at Doncaster Aquarena - February 12th
Participate in the School Cross Country at our nearby oval and bike track – March 10th
Participate in our School Athletics Carnival at Doncaster Athletics track – May 31st
Participate in the Jump Off skipping exhibit raising money for the Heart Foundation
Level 5 & 6:

The senior students have units to complete in team building, lacrosse, fitness, athletics and skipping sessions.

In lacrosse students will learn how to scoop, catch, throw, shoot and play the game
In fitness activities students will be assessed on their aerobic capacity, agility, power and strength
In the athletics unit, students will work hard on improving their knowledge, skills and techniques in all events
The skipping unit will give students a chance to work collaboratively as they build skipping routines in small groups

The Year 5 & 6 students will:

Participate in the School Swimming Carnival at Doncaster Aquarena - February 12th
Participate in the School Cross Country at our nearby oval and bike track – March 10th
Participate in our School Athletics Carnival at Doncaster Athletics track – May 31st
Participate in the Jump Off skipping exhibit raising money for the Heart Foundation
Be part of the School Inter-School Sport competition in Term 2 & 3, training for one hour on a Monday and playing for two hours against another school on a Friday. Year 6’s make up the majority of the teams while year 5’s are selected to fill in when required.
 

HOUSE CAPTAINS

The House Captains and Vice Captains are valuable representatives of our school.

Blue House Captains are: Flynn Connolly & Aidan Asdagi
Blue House Vice Captains are: Owen Connolly & Wisse Wijers

Green House Captains are: Evan McCormack & James Dunn
Green House Vice Captains are: Yannick Stoeffler & Georgia Hulett

Purple House Captains are: Jack Ross & Bianca Cadee
Purple House Vice Captains are: Anderson Lyne & Thomas Lied

Yellow House Captains are: Charlotte Smith, Ash Morris & Alice Morrison
Yellow House Vice Captains are: Giles Frewin-MacFarlane

Red House Captains are: Orlando Scalzo & Claire Wren
Red House Vice Captains are: Alex Kendall & Amber Bunnell

 
HOUSE SPORTS

School-based house competitions in swimming, cross country and athletics are conducted each year to promote a sense of community and connectedness.

In Term 1 of each year we hold our School Swimming Sports at Aquarena, Doncaster. The participation of Year 3-6 children is growing each year and this year we expect 320+ students in attendance. I congratulate and thank all staff, students and parents present on the day.

In March we have our School Cross Country at the North Eltham Park and trail. All Year 3-6 children will participate in their own age group.

In Term 2 we will hold our School Athletics Carnival at Tom Kelly Athletics Track in Doncaster. All Year 3-6 students will attend and complete in a variety of track and field events. They will learn and be trained in each of the events during Phys Ed classes in the weeks proceeding carnival.

 
SPECIAL EVENTS

In Term 2 we have a three week skipping program leading up to our “Jump Rope For Heart” Jump Off in June! Skipping is an excellent way to promote fitness and co-ordination whilst having fun and raising money for a worthy cause.

SEPEP PROGRAM:

This program is organised, managed and run by students during the weekly sports time (Friday afternoon) and will involve the children completing a kickball round robin in term 1 & 4. The children play, score, umpire and coach.

INTERSCHOOL SPORT

Our school is affiliated with School Sport Victoria in the Eltham District and will play against other teams within this district in Term 2 & 3. Equal opportunity for both girls and boys is provided and good sportsmanship and fair play through healthy competition is promoted. Inter school sport is a highlight for most students in Years 5 & 6. Football, soccer, netball, bat tennis and korfball are the Winter sports and they are played in term 2. Summer sport is in Term 3 and there is the choice of bat tennis, volleyball, rounders, softball and basketball.

Different captains and vice captains are chosen each week. Their role is to welcome the other school and write a sports report.