“It can give them a sense of pride, knowing they are part of their schools legacy, perhaps for years to come”
Hello and welcome to the home of The PE Umbrella podcast and blog, the only podcast that is dedicated to ALL things Primary and Elementary Physical Education! Episode 41 brings you the third and final part of my ‘8 Minute Musings’ short podcast series. For this episode, I discuss the implications of keeping school sport records for track and field events, particularly for children in KS2 (8-11 years old) and upwards.
Inspired by recently working on a sports day at a local private school, It was a real pleasure witnessing school records (some of which had stood over a number of years) being broken for boys and girls across a range of age groups. There was a real buzz around the event and the delight on the faces of the children, and their friends, upon a record being broken was truly infectious. I could only leave at the end of that day wishing that I too had the chance to set or indeed break records at the schools I attended as a child.
Later on that day, it actually dawned on me that none of the schools I have worked/currently work in actually have anything like this either. Acknowledging records and keeping them locked in a cupboard is one thing but to have true meaning and importance they need to be displayed in a prominent position in school, giving any child upon the board a sense of pride, and any child not on the board something to aspire towards.
As I have heard with sports days in the past, some adults play the ‘Not everybody likes/is good at sport’ card and I can see them playing that same hand if this was introduced. However, I see no valid argument that could possibly be formed against it. Surely it can only be a good thing right? I mean, we celebrate the writing, maths and even attendance of our children with certificates/stickers etc (which may not necessarily even be a good thing in the long run) and ‘Not everybody is good at/likes maths, reading, writing’, do they?
I think I’ll let you form your own opinions but I am certain on which side of the fence that I sit, and I’ll be setting the wheels in motion to begin record keeping in as many of the schools that I teach in next year.
Out of interest around this topic, and after recording this episode, I conducted a twitter survey of how many schools (state or private) currently do or do not do this and you can find the results below. They turned out similar to what I expected although I did envision the ‘Yes – Private School’ to be slightly higher.
I hope you enjoy this 8 Minute Musing and as always, I would love to hear about your own thoughts on School Sport Records. Do you keep them? Why? Why Not? Perhaps you are planning on introducing it? Simply tweet @ryansporting or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts.
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