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Sports’ Report 16/17 #4 – Tuesday 4th October 2016

October 4, 2016
Ballard School Swimming

Sport across the year (and years)

Over the next week, every child at Ballard School will be handed their plan for the whole year. They are subject to change; however it gives pupils and parents the information of the sports being covered.

Careful thought and planning is put into this to ensure breadth and balance whilst ensuring opportunity to develop and prepare for the traditional games. The plans, combined with the extra provision, enable the child to learn new skills, refine old ones in line with a growth mindset.

Ballard School New Milton Sport for All

Sport for All at Ballard School, New Milton

Years 5 and 6

For boys in Year 5 & 6, we utilise our outdoor pool in the first Autumn term to free up valuable Summer sport time between Easter and July. Having such a short summer and having Athletics and Cricket as the main sports, obviously these take up a lot of time. Swimming is still available to all as clinics after school and the breakfast club on a Wednesday starting at 7:30-8:15.

Ballard School Swimming Peer Assessment

Year 5 Swimming – peer assessment

Sport for the all round child

The plans provide a mixture and variety of sports, that development movement on and off the ball (transferable skills), Fitness (Health Related Exercise) where methods of training are learnt as well as strength and conditioning exercises and also gymnastics and Dance. All are key areas to enhance a child’s development and hopefully encourage a thirst for learning, no matter the child. Not all are natural Rugby or Netball players so experience of other sports are vital.

Years 3 and 4

In Year 3 and 4 we provide a “wrap around” approach that develops preparation for a game on a Tuesday and plenary on a Thursday, which helps evaluate and improve on their games.


Year 9

In Year 9 pupils are offered the chance to start the Pre GCSE PE or Dance course and bank some practicals in Swimming and Athletics, whilst also studying the traditional sports in more detail by using theory and ICT. Technical knowledge and terminology are encouraged in preparation for their possible option of taking PE or Dance at GCSE.

For current parents: If you want to view other Year groups, the are on Sharepoint and also on the Ballard sport portal.



What’s on the (sporting) horizon?

Inter – House is coming up for Years 3-8 on 26th October in Football and Hockey.

There is also the opportunity to buy sports equipment at our linked sports shop that will be based under the canopy from 2pm – 4pm that day.


Justin Whitbread

Director of Sport


Our dedicated Sports’ website,, provides fixtures information, directions for away matches, results and more. Our Flickr Album ‘Sports’ Report at Ballard School’ is where our sports’ related photos can be viewed.

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire (on the Dorset/Hampshire border), providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here



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  1. David Winch permalink
    October 6, 2016 12:09 am

    A great collection of photos of your sports day. Uncle David

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