Specialist PE and Sport
Ascot Park Primary School is unique as we are the only primary Specialist PE and Sport School funded and endorsed by the Department for Education. All students have 1-2 PE lessons each week with our highly qualified and experienced PE teacher, as well as a gymnastics lesson each week with our specialist gymnastics teacher.
Kindergym and GymPlay sessions are also offered during the day for children who haven’t yet started school.
Specialist Sport Program
We have elite gymnasts, and soccer and netball students who receive high quality coaching in either our internal or external programs.
Students in the Specialist Sport program participate in 2-4 early morning training sessions each week, with our elite gymnasts participating in up to 36 hours per week. Students in the Specialist Sport program have the opportunity to perform in interschool, state and national competitions as well as opening up pathways into higher sporting and education programs.
We work in strong partnerships with Gymnastics SA, Netball SA and Football Federation SA as well as specialist coaches from Taught and Bowled and Alpha Gymnastics.
We have a school bus which picks up and drops off our gymnasts at the Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre and transports netball and soccer students to various sporting events and locations.
Smaller class sizes
We use some of our funding to reduce class sizes across the school so that all students who participate in our Specialist Sport program have a better teacher to student ratio in the classroom and individual learning needs can be more easily met.
We also provide SSO support in classrooms to our gymnasts who have a shortened day.
Click on the Specialist Sport programs tab to find out more about the individual sports offered.
|The Advertiser Martino Simos||The Advertiser Covering the introduction of the Soccer Program as a Specialist Sport for 2014||May,2013|
|9News, AdelaideChannel 9, 2014||9News Coverage on Ascot Park R-7 Specialist Physical Education and Sport School||September, 2014|
|Mix102.3 Breakfast Show|
Jodie, Soda & Snowy
|Jodie, Soda & Snowy's visit to Ascot Park as they train with our students to prepare for Jodie's netball match against the Thunderbirds.||November, 2014|
LEARNING AT HOME
You don’t need to be an expert or educator to help your child to learn at home. The Department for Education has published 2 documents to help you support your child in learning at home as well as staying healthy and active:
Teachers at school have also been working hard to provide meaningful and relevant learning programs which have been communicated through ClassDojo, Google Classrooms and home learning packs. We have also developed a suggested daily timetable to help you provide clear structure and routine to your child’s day.
At school, students have been learning about interoception, which is our 8th sense. It can broadly be defined as our conscious perception of our internal body signals which let us know how to respond to human needs or relate to our emotional experiences. Interoception is the pre-requisite for self-regulation.
Interoception activities take less than 2 minutes to complete and they help your child to identify their body signals, recognise when their body signals change and act or respond to these body signals for their self-regulation. The booklet provided has a range of activities that you can complete with your child and the whole family. You can complete these activities throughout the day, some examples could be:
- Starting their day with an interoception activity
- Break time between online lessons/activities
- Going for a walk or a bike ride
- Shooting some hoops or kicking a ball
- Playing on a swing set
- Jumping on a trampoline
The great thing about interoception activities is that you can create your own with your child. It can be any activity that changes your child’s body state and while encouraging them to notice how their body feels. To find out more information about interoception, please visit the Department for Education’s Interoception web page. If you have any questions or need further support with implementing interoception activities with your child, please contact your child’s teacher.
Dr Paul Swan has developed a support page https://drpaulswan.com.au/teaching-at-home/ to help parents in finding quality numeracy activities. The school has also provided students with dice and playing cards which will give them the opportunity to engage in problem solving using mathematical thinking processes and skills. Cards games also give children the opportunity to develop social skills such as sharing and taking turns. Games and activities can be found in the following eBooks:
Primary Connections is an innovative science program developed by the Australian Academy of Science which is aligned with the Australian Curriculum. They have developed a range of educational activities designed to be used at home.
Each four-page resource features:
- A short description
- Notes guiding preparation and resourcing
- Suggested questions to support student inquiry
- Student task sheets (may be printed, photographed or photocopied and sent to teachers upon completion)
- Ideas to explore further
Please click here to access the resources.