How much PE does your KS2 child do a week?

(39 Posts)
MilkRunningOutAgain Fri 08-Feb-13 22:12:12

I'm getting concerned about how little PE the school provides. dS in yr 5 reports 20 minutes indoor PE, which is country dancing and hardly energetic the way it's taught, this week and 25 minutes last week. No outdoor PE at all. When you consider that there is no afternoon break to run around either, I'm starting to understand why he comes out of school desperate to run around.

How much PE do other schools provide?

Euphemia Fri 08-Feb-13 22:14:56

An hour on Mondays, an hour on Tuesdays, swimming on Thursdays.

Two hours is the minimum per week in Scotland; they're getting more at the moment because of swimming.

They don't go outside very often at this time of year,

we are in Scotland but dd (9) has 2 hours of scheduled PE per week. DS (6) also has 2 hours.

dd did have swimming as well in the first term of P5 but it only lasts 12 weeks.

MariusEarlobe Fri 08-Feb-13 22:17:48

Ours do one day a week 9,30 - 12 with playtime in between.

Flojobunny Fri 08-Feb-13 22:18:30

In NW England, half an hour per week. I prefer the focus to be on other stuff but then my DS isn't particularly active.

half an hour a week is rubbish! DS has been doing yoga and gymnastics this week at PE

JaneLane Fri 08-Feb-13 22:21:44

Wednesday afternoon 1.30-3.30 is PE afternoon for my Year 3 DS. They tend to do 45 minutes inside and 45 outside with time for changing before and drink between. (they let the kids come home in PE kit if the parents let them)

sausagesandwich34 Fri 08-Feb-13 22:22:10

yr 6 dd does 1 afternoon per week even though some parents complain they are out in the cold

yr 4 dd does 1 hr per week, alternating indoor and outdoor, and swimming lesson with school on fridays

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 08-Feb-13 22:25:41

1 hour of outdoor games, 1 hour of PE, (gym/dance/excercises) 30 mins swimming.

Myliferocks Fri 08-Feb-13 22:26:54

My DC who are yr 8,6 & 5 do two 1 hour lessons a week. Between them this term they are doing football, hockey gymnastics and dance.

My yr 3 is doing 1 hour of indoor pe and 30 minutes of swimming per week this term but normally it would be two 1 hour sessions per week. Indoors this time of year but when the weather gets drier both lessons will be outside.

scaevola Fri 08-Feb-13 22:31:18

Yr4: two double lessons a week, plus after school clubs available (some staff run and free; ballet and gymnastics for a charge as they bring in a specialist).

Flojobunny Fri 08-Feb-13 22:31:28

Well its a 1 hr slot but by the time they are undressed and dressed again after I am guessing its about half hr.

sittinginthesun Fri 08-Feb-13 22:33:10

Both dcs do two sessions (one hour long each) per week, one indoor and one outdoor.

Key stage 2 also get sent outside for a runaround randomly in the afternoons when the teacher feels it would be beneficial.

Bunnyjo Fri 08-Feb-13 22:46:36

DD is Yr 1, but in a mixed class with Yr2 and Yr3 (Yr3 being KS2, obviously) kids. They do 2x1hr of PE every week, plus enrichment on Friday 1-3pm. Enrichment activities include football (taught by an ex-professional international and coach) and Forest Schools, which involve a lot of outdoor work. KS2 children also do swimming once a week.

DD says they are doing hockey twice a week during PE at the moment. I am trying not to imagine my 5yr old and very accident prone child and her classmates with a bunch of hockey sticks and hockey balls!

simpson Fri 08-Feb-13 22:59:41

DS (yr3) has two 45 minute lessons a week and one of those is done by an external sports company who coach in football, hockey and get the kids playing dodgeball etc...

He also does the G&T PE (another 45 minute session per week) which out of 60 kids in the year there are 8 that do it.

Bunnyjo - DS split his chin open in a hockey lesson a few weeks ago, blood everywhere and I had to get him and take him to hosp <<ouch>>

simpson Fri 08-Feb-13 23:00:46

Oh yes and I forgot, he does multi sports after school for an hour a week (done with the same external coach).

Bunnyjo Fri 08-Feb-13 23:17:34

Argh! Don't tell me that, simpson! DD is very articulate and is academically ahead of her peers (working at 2b/a level now in Yr1), but is a late August born so very young and physically less able. The HT jokes that she has her own accident book for DD... It's only going to end in disaster, isn't it?

simpson Sat 09-Feb-13 00:03:36

DS is an Aug born birthday too grin

Maybe it's something that summer borns do (be clumsy!!)

redskyatnight Sat 09-Feb-13 08:44:38

DS (Y4) has 2 hours of scheduled PE but that includes changing.
1 hour is indoors and 1 hour outdoors. They do different sports/activities each half term.

Panzee Sat 09-Feb-13 08:46:08

They are supposed to have two hours a week, including changing time.

TheNebulousBoojum Sat 09-Feb-13 08:49:52

Our PE is designed in blocks, so this half term might be gymnastics, then after half term it might be invasion games, hockey, or dance.
Two slots in the hall, around 50 mins each.

missmapp Sat 09-Feb-13 09:11:17

2, 45 min lessons per week, one outdoor, one indoor and swimming every week for half an hour. ( Yr3 and Yr r) parents complain about the outdoor one, but I think its great they are getting fresh air and excersize, and they can wear tracksuits etc to keep warm.

ByTheWay1 Sat 09-Feb-13 09:17:31

2 x 45min here too - one outdoor , one indoor - but it is still not enough for 2 healthy girls - they do a further 2 hours of karate, and one hour fitness/circuit training a week. Only one is in KS2 - Y6 now - the other Y7 where they get 2 hours a week - or rather 3 one week, one the next (timetable is run over a fortnight..)

jo164 Sat 09-Feb-13 09:37:57

I teach PE and our KS2 have 50 mins PE and 90 mins games every week and swimming once a fortnight. Outside whenever possible, but will depend on activity being covered in that block.

sittinginthesun Sat 09-Feb-13 09:38:06

Oh, and our school do lots of other clubs before and after school, and also lunchtimes, most are run by private providers. So DS1 (year 4) also does football, athletics, and multi sports at school. Then he does another 2 hours football per week, 1 hour of swimming, and around 3 hours of tennis. I think at that age they seem to need a huge amount of exercise!

RightUpMyRue Sat 09-Feb-13 09:44:58

DD, 10 years, does two sessions a week, an hour each which includes changing time. The only time they don't go outside is when it's chucking it down.

My lot:YR1, YR2 and YR6, do 2x1hour a week plus 1x1hour swimming. My eldest also does Sailing as an ECA and touch rugby. My YR6 is also in Scouts and my YR2 is in Beavers.

TheNebulousBoojum Sat 09-Feb-13 10:31:53

It would be nice if parents also ensured that their children got half an hour of vigorous exercise a day too, anything from skipping to brisk walking.
Nothing expensive.
Because I have children in class I can outdance and outrun and outwalk. Which is a bit sad for a woman in her 50s and a class of 11 year olds.

Dancingqueen17 Sat 09-Feb-13 10:42:12

My chance to sing the praises of a prep school! 1.5 hours rugby/netball/hockey 5 days a week plus 1 hour indoor pe and 1 hour swimming, additional sport offered daily after school. It's wonderful! (Presuming dc like sport!)

Bunnyjo Sat 09-Feb-13 15:27:54

TheNebulousBoojum, that is what DD's school do - this half term it is/was hockey. Last half term it was dance and gymnastics. In addition to school PE/sport activities, DD also does gymnastics and swimming. We also go to our local farmpark every week for a couple of hours and she runs herself ragged there.

I also agree with children needing daily exercise - with DD and DS (5yo and 20mth), we put on some music every evening and have a good ole dance/run around. It is their favourite part of the day and absolutely free!

Parisbanana Sat 09-Feb-13 15:31:35

My y5 ds does 2 sessions, probably about 45 mins each. Currently doing gymnastics (floor and apparatus stuff) one session, the other doing tag rugby outside.
Last term they were doing swimming for one of those sessions.

Mominatrix Sat 09-Feb-13 16:07:09

3 hours, plus 4.5 hours of school swim squad a week

toughdecisions Sat 09-Feb-13 17:30:01

DS is supposed to do two sessions a week, one indoor and one outdoor. When weather stops the outdoor one it's down to one a week because the hall is already in use.

2 hours a week, one with the class teacher, one with an outside coach. It's dependent on weather if they get to do it outside. Plus swimming once a week this term.

insanityscratching Sat 09-Feb-13 18:02:28

Dd in yr 5 each week does a session of swimming, Tai chi, gymnastics, dance, Ozbox, rounders and netball. Not sure of the length of sessions but would imagine that they are at least thirty minutes to make the need for getting changed worthwhile so at least three hours per week. Her class do at least one session each day as sometimes she leaves her PE kit on for the whole morning because she has two sessions that day.

MilkRunningOutAgain Sat 09-Feb-13 21:37:22

Thanks for all your replies, it does look as though poor DS is getting much less than average. I'll bring it up with a mum who is a governor, DS loves sports and little else at school, so it does seem a shame that he gets little opportunity to do the thing he loves. He does go to lots of clubs outside school, as there isn't much available through school, and we do walk to and from school. Well actually, now he is older and ok to wander about the village on his own, he runs to school and dd and I turn up 10 minutes later having walked.

isthatallyouvegot Sat 09-Feb-13 22:00:25

technically 1 hour a week so long as any written work is complete, Ds's school is more focused on writing/spellings than anything else.

Paddlinglikehell Sat 09-Feb-13 23:41:49

DD Y3. 3 x week. Swimming, hockey and netball. At moment. Will change to tennis and athletics in the summer. Also does gymnastics at lunchtime once a week.

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