As part of the health and welfare of every pupil, physical education is a core component of school life and pupils learn the importance of staying fit and active.
Early Years School
All the children take part in FitNut (Fitness and Nutrition) over the course of the year.
FitNut provides a stimulating learning experience to teach children about the importance of health, nutrition and fitness. FitNut believes the key to bringing good nutrition into the home is through the children. Children enjoy fun fitness sessions using real mini gym machines and exercise equipment followed by smoothie or juice making. Updates, including nutritional information & recipes are given regularly ensuring everyone benefits.
In addition to FitNut, Nursery children have a soft play session each week. Children in Reception have a variety of timetabled PE lessons. A visiting sports coach teaches one of these lessons and focuses on large motor skill development and basic ball skills. Other activities include gymnastics, yoga and music and movement. All children in the Early Years may attend optional ballet classes lead by teachers from the English ballet school.
Pupils take part in two PE sessions each week and on a Friday afternoon take part in our sports and swimming programme.
All pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 swim for half an academic year each year, at the Mirandabad Pool in South Amsterdam, with lessons taken by Dutch instructors and accompanied by school staff. The children follow the Dutch diploma system, and swim at a variety of levels from beginners to C++ level.
Once per year we hold a traditional sports day for all of the children from Year 2 to Year 6. The children are grouped according to their house teams and work together to win points by taking part in traditional games and races. Everyone has lots of fun and at the end of the day the winners of the house cup are announced.
The British School of Amsterdam is a Topscore School.
Topscore, a sports programme led by the local authority’s sports service, aims to introduce teenagers to different sports, with the aim of continued participation by linking schools with local clubs. Club coaches run introductory courses of between 6 to 12 weeks in local schools. Pupils take part in inter-school competitions at the end of each course, and can then join the club should they wish to continue.
At present, the School has a Topscore partnership with RC Amstel (Rowing) and BC Apollo (Basketball). Both programmes have been very popular and resulted in many successes in local and national competitions. They are also an important link for our students, and their families, joining local clubs and the wider community in Amsterdam.