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Physical Education

The Physical Education Department at Norwich Lower School aims to develop the whole individual through a series of experiences which will increasingly challenge the physical, mental and social capabilities of that pupil, with an underlying ethos of enjoyment and sportsmanship.

Although the physical aspect will always be the main priority, the art of analysis will also be used to encourage learning through observation and evaluation skills of both self and peers.

The curriculum implemented has a special emphasis based around sports and activities that will enable the individual to gain the greatest amount of body awareness, movement and co-ordination as we believe these elements are the foundations for enjoying life-long participation in sporting endeavours.

Curriculum Content:

Lower One: Football Strength & Conditioning Invasion Games Gymnastics Athletics Tennis
Form One: Football Strength & Conditioning Invasion Games Gymnastics Athletics Tennis
Form Two: Badmington Strength & Conditioning Basketball Gymnastics Athletics Tennis
Form Three: Badmington Strength & Conditioning Basketball Gymnastics Athletics Tennis


The Physical Education Department also seeks to develop both boys and girls in social terms through working in pairs and groups where communication and team work will become important.

In summary, the Physical Education Department will provide the pupils with every opportunity to improve their physical abilities in both competitive and non-competitive activities.


Establishing our own identity and belief of how a particular sport should be conducted is paramount to success both on and off the pitch. The focus of success does not solely refer to the win-loss record of a team but more notably the performance levels of the team and pupils involved. Through exposing our pupils to the necessary skills sets required to train, play and compete at their appropriate level is vital for their long term development. Each scheme of work is designed around the learning of the essential skills for a pupil of that particular age and will expand further year upon year as they graduate from L1 to F3.

The three Boys Games taught at the school are Rugby in the Michaelmas Term, Hockey in the Lent Term and Cricket in the Trinity Term.  School matches start at under 9 level with an A and B team playing fixtures against other local prep schools in all three sports.  At under 11, we regularly field three rugby teams, five hockey teams and two cricket teams.  Many Form 2 boys are selected in these teams a year early together with the vast majority of the Third Form appearing in one of the three sports over the course of an academic year.  We travel to take part in the IAPS tournaments and always give an excellent account of ourselves, sometimes qualifying at national tournaments.

Girls are coached in the three main team sports of Hockey, Netball and Rounders. Matches are played at U9 and U11 level against local independent schools. We will try to play matches in order for every girl to play at least once during the term in Form 3 (Year 6) and Form One (Year 4). Lower School teams have enjoyed amazing success in the last few years. They have qualified for the National Hockey finals & National Netball finals in recent years.

Games lessons take place twice a week and are taught by a motivated and highly qualified coaching staff who always promote excellence and enjoyment at an individual and team level.

CRAIG COLE - Head of Sport : Lower School


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