Physical Education is essential to students’ academic, social and emotional development and is one of the Victorian Curriculum areas taught to students at Doncaster Primary School. Students participate in a one hour specialist physical education session each week with a PE teacher. Sessions are designed to develop students’ fundamental movement skills and game tactics, whilst also improving fitness and the ability to work as part of a team. Students are taught basic skills such as, catching, over and underarm throwing, dodging, running, one and two hand hitting and kicking.
From Level 3 onwards, students are taught more complex skills and strategies and begin to participate in more complex minor and major games such as Soccer, Netball, Basketball, AFL Football, Bat Tennis, Rounders, Volleyball and Cricket. A variety of equipment is used during these sessions and we have access to a gymnasium, large grassed oval space and synthetic turf basketball court. Students at Level 6 have the opportunity to participate in an Interschool Sport program with several schools in our local area, travelling to different locations and working as a team to represent our school in their chosen sport. They train for an additional one hour a week, accessing support from local coaches and secondary students.
Students across the school from Prep to Level 6 also participate in many Clinics from visiting groups such as AFL, Little Athletics Victoria, Hockey Australia and Jump Rope for Heart.
There are opportunities for those students who excel in swimming, cross country and athletics to pursue their sport at a district, division, regional and state level.