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The importance of sport in primary school

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The importance of sport in primary schoolUndeniably, sport is an important part of primary school life. There have been many studies that outline the importance of sport, each with their own conclusions, however they all share common themes about why sport is important for school-aged children. Sport helps children to develop physically, socially and mentally, enabling them to better cope with the demands of school life, by:

  • developing co-ordination and gross motor skills
  • building self-confidence and self-esteem
  • developing positive attitudes
  • building resilience
  • encouraging teamwork and cohesion
  • supporting discipline
  • reducing the risk of obesity
  • promoting healthy bone and muscle development.

Studies have also found that sport can enhance the learning potential of children. Students that participate in sport while studying have greater expectation of results and can achieve higher marks. They also enjoy a greater connection with their school through building stronger relationships in school (and away from it), and feel a greater attachment to family.

Sport at Trinity Grammar School has two main aims for primary school students. Firstly, it must be fun, and secondly, it allows ‘time on task’. Our participation in the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Saturday Sport and Carnival competitions allows boys in Years 4 to 6 to choose their own sport. Although they are graded by their ability, they are encouraged to have fun in an environment that creates a safe and enjoyable sporting experience.

Trinity boys are encouraged to participate in sport and give their best. Team numbers are based on demand for each sport, allowing all boys to play in a sport of their choice with optimal playing time. A transitional Sports Programme sees boys in Year 3 participate in Friday afternoon sports four times per term, preparing them for compulsory sport in Year 4.

The Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 Fundamental and Active Sport at Trinity (FAST) Programme is part of the weekly one-hour Physical Education class and addresses skill development, allowing all boys to be active participants in sport.

At Trinity we believe that sport is fundamental to a boy's development, physically, mentally and spiritually. We believe sport builds character and assists boys to realise their potential, passions and purpose in life. To find out more about the Trinity difference and the wide variety of sport and physical education options that we provide, download our prospectus.

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Topics: Physical education, Trinity difference, Sport and boys, Boys learning