The Early Years are crucial for developing physical literacy. Children do not just develop these skills naturally, they need to be learnt. Through practice and feedback, children learn to apply skills with increasing proficiency and consistency. As a result, the key focus of sport at Brookham is the development of movement competence, complex skills and transition into sport-specific games.
Sport helps children become resilient, confident and successful as they learn to work together developing positive social values. Whether a child loves charging around on the hockey or rugby fields, the calm of doing ballet in the dance studio, splashing around in the swimming pool, or testing their agility with judo and gymnastics, with our broad sports provision every child can find something that they enjoy.
All year groups have swimming lessons every week in our beautiful, warm pool and Games or PE lessons are provided by specialist teachers 3-5 times a week. Children begin to play competitive matches against other schools from Year 2. Closer collaboration between Highfield & Brookham now means we also provide a carousel of skills-based sessions for our Under 8s, led by the two Heads of Sport.
Most importantly, we remain committed to resourcing ‘Sport for All’, giving all children the opportunity to represent the schools regularly, whatever their sporting ability. This is a significant investment in our children, and across both schools we take part in an astonishing 1,000 fixtures a year, putting out up to 25 teams on some match days to make this happen.
Key features of our sporting programme:
- Access to top quality coaching, generally by specialist sports staff and coaches.
- A broad range of sports offered in outstanding facilities.
- A competitive spirit but with a strong emphasis on fair play and respect for the opposition.
- Age-appropriate sporting activities across the spectrum.
- Opportunities for the gifted and talented sports players to develop their skills.