Inclusion, participation and enjoyment are the underlying principles of the Dulwich College “sport for all” ethos, which is designed to offer all boys a wealth of opportunity and the chance to discover new skills. Our goals are to engage every boy and to cultivate a love for physical activity through enjoyment. We also use Physical Education and Games to develop physical literacy and encourage values such as determination, leadership, perseverance and teamwork.
Years 3 and 4 have one timetabled Games lesson, one timetabled swimming lesson and one timetabled Physical Education lesson per week. Years 5 and 6 have two timetabled Games lessons and one timetabled swimming lesson or Physical Education lesson per week. Each year group is led by a team of Physical Education specialists. In addition to these sessions, there are numerous opportunities for co-curricular sporting activities that take full advantage of the superb facilities offered by the College.
Physical Education lessons are designed to work alongside the Games programme to provide all boys with the fundamental movement skills they need to succeed in a wide range of sporting activities. The programme includes lessons to enhance locomotor skills, stability skills and athletics techniques. During their swimming lessons, in addition to improving stroke technique, boys focus on improving their endurance and speed in the water.
During Games lessons, the greatest possible opportunity is provided for all boys to represent the College at football, rugby and cricket. Competitive fixtures are played against other schools at these sports and more, such as swimming, water polo, hockey and tennis. We also compete at national and regional events. Within the school, we hold House competitions in a broad range sports.
Physical Education and Games in the Junior School provides all boys, regardless of their ability, with a strong foundation and prepares the boys for their sporting journey as they move up through the College.