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Quick question - Year 8 PE/Games. How many hours or sessions a week in a State School?

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kissmyheathenass Mon 22-Oct-12 09:56:37

Tears from ds this morning becasue he hates PE and tries to wriggle out of it every week. His school do lots of sport (independent school, approx 5 hours sport a week) and he hates every minute of it. He is begging to change schools because of it. Is there significantly less in state schools? He might be happier if there was less.

kissmyheathenass Mon 22-Oct-12 10:01:12


sandyballs Mon 22-Oct-12 10:01:59

Mine are year 7 and have PE twice a week, so approx two hours.

TunaPastaBake Mon 22-Oct-12 10:03:41

Shame - independent schools like their sport - state school will do 2 hours a week but lots of after school clubs should one want to do more sport.

Perhaps worth speaking with school about it .

coppertop Mon 22-Oct-12 10:03:51

Ds is in Yr8 in a state school. He has 2 PE lessons a week, and each lasts for about an hour or so.

talkingnonsense Mon 22-Oct-12 10:04:18

Year 8, I single lesson( 50 min) and one double games. State grammar.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 22-Oct-12 10:08:49

DD (state grammar) has one 1.5 hr 'games' (outside hockey, cross country,etc) and 1 hour 'PE' - indoors gym/dance type activities. There are lots of lunchtime/after school clubs for those that want it.

(Personally I wish they'd have about this much plus a cross country run 2-3 times a week to make sure they're all properly fit.)

happygardening Mon 22-Oct-12 10:17:58

DS1 very well regarded state comp 1 "long lesson"a week! DS2 very well regarded boys boarding school can sport 6 days a week! I know which I think is better.

BellaVita Mon 22-Oct-12 10:18:42

2 x 1hr lessons.

Madmog Mon 22-Oct-12 10:37:00

My daughter is in Year 7 at state comprehensive. One session of games a week, 1h50mins (includes getting changed) and one session of PE, 55mins (again includes getting changed). The sporty ones get asked to take part in teams, doing running events, but not sure if this is compulsory.

At my daughter's school they put them in sets depending on ability. My daughter gives it her best but is not very good at most sports, so is in the bottom set, but at least she's with girls of similar ability and gets her equal chance at doing things, rather than being defeated in a better group where the other girls always get to the ball first, always win a race.

If you are thinking of a change, obviously it's worth asking any new school about teaching hours, anything extra which would be compulsory and perhaps if they are in sets. Hope you sort something out.

kissmyheathenass Mon 22-Oct-12 10:45:48

Thanks alot. That is very helpful. There is a significant difference. The school ds goes to has lots of sports scholarships and there is a huge emphasis on sporting success, Idont think there are that many children at his level. I want him to be fit and healthy (he does karate 2X a week in the evenings), I also think its important to do team sport etc etc. But, 5 hours for someone who hates it does seem hell of alot. I was crap at sports, last to be picked, shouted at for letting side down etc so I know how he feels.

Thanks again.

Vagaceratops Mon 22-Oct-12 10:50:41

2 x 1 hour lessons.

My Friends DS is in a specialist sports college and they do 3 x 1 hour sessions a week.

EdithWeston Mon 22-Oct-12 10:53:58

2 double lessons in yr 7 and IIRC it's the same in yr 8, so a bit under 3 hours. Plus clubs, after school and I think lunchtime.

tovetove Mon 22-Oct-12 10:57:38

If it is a good school they should encourage sport at every level. I presume he is not playing against the scholarship kids? I would really hope they are not shouting at him for letting the side down? That seems harsh.

dd is a sports scholar at an independent school and does approx 8 hours sport a week, but timetabled games is approx 4 hours a week maximum. There are loads of unsporty girls in her class who don't cry about it as far as I am aware.

I wonder why he hates it so much? I would speak to the school.

TalkinPeace2 Mon 22-Oct-12 16:06:12

two week timetable - 4 hours across the two weeks
there are free sports clubs every lunchtime and every day after school

as well as kickabout football, access to the tennis courts, netball courts and basketball hoops and table tennis tables at all breaks

the climbing wall is only under supervision, as are the trampolines

those who are into it do shed loads

socharlotte Mon 22-Oct-12 16:20:03

4 x 40 min periods

ibizagirl Tue 23-Oct-12 06:13:15

5 one hour lessons in a fortnight. Three one week, two the next. Plus dance once a week. Now year 9 it is 3 one hour lessons one week and none in the next. And no dance. At the moment it is netball or lacrosse. If the weather is too bad it is usally badminton. They can usually choose what they want to do.

bigTillyMint Tue 23-Oct-12 07:33:38

Both DC (in a state comp) do 2 lessons a week, so 2 hours compulsory - they would swap your DS in a blink! They do extra with their "sports scholarships" and ASC's though.

lljkk Tue 23-Oct-12 09:49:11

4 or 5 lessons in the fortnight. 50 min lessons?

I shudder when I hear stories about full contact rugby being compulsory in some indie schools from age 8 or so. DS2 is a terrific long distance runner but loathes being pushed over, we would have nightmares with him in that kind of school.

prettydaisies Tue 23-Oct-12 18:03:54

Does he have to do sports he doesn't like? At my children's independent school they do 2 afternoons of games a week (rugby, hockey and cricket for boys and hockey, netball and rounders for girls), but there are lots of other sports on offer and if you don't like the team sports, you can opt for other things, e.g. Rowing, badminton, climbing, swimming, trampolining etc.

Startailoforangeandgold Tue 23-Oct-12 22:51:07

I think DDs do a couple of hours a week in lessons. DD2 also does 3 lunch times and 2 hours extracurricular sport, but she's mad.

Littlebluetoo Wed 24-Oct-12 08:29:03

Indi school. 6.5 hours per week.

marriedinwhite Thu 25-Oct-12 08:04:01

The non sporty boys at DS school, which is very sporty, can opt to do less traditional sports such as: fencing, rowing, badminton, trampolining, table tennis, archery, golf, etc.. Is nothing like that on offer?

TheAngelsHaveTheOod Thu 25-Oct-12 08:56:00

1.5 lessons a week, approx 2 hours all together.

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