Today we’re discussing PE lessons in the UK and the products NameTags4U offers for PE kit to keep your child’s things out of the lost property box!
PE and games lessons are a fundamental part of the school week, necessary not only for a child’s physical development and to help them let off steam, but also a fantastic opportunity to develop social skills like the ability to work well in teams and to grow in confidence.
Each school will likely deliver PE lessons in a slightly different way depending on funding, facilities and equipment available, but there are clear overlaps and compulsory elements when you look at PE in this country as a whole.
In the UK, it is compulsory for schools to include PE in the curriculum from the age of 4 to 16. Although it is up to each school to decide just how much time is dedicated to PE or games lessons each week, the guidelines offered by the Department for Education suggest that the minimum should be 2 timetabled hours per week.
In terms of the content of the timetabled hours, in Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7) pupils should do athletics, dance, games and gymnastics. Across the next 2 stages (7-14), swimming also should be added to this list. By Key Stage 4 (14-16), the guidelines simply state that pupils should plan and take part in frequent and balanced physical activities that help them to stay healthy and active. Do you think these guidelines are suitable? Do you think 2 hours is enough?
Here is a sample of a Key Stage 1 gymnastics class:
Of course, many pupils will supplement the minimum 2 hours by participating in extra-curricular sports activities offered by their school, or outside of school. Within school this will either involve lunchtime or afterschool clubs, often with the chance to be part of a school team, competing against others local schools. Representing their school at a sport is a fantastic way for pupils to feel part of their school community which is great mentally and, in turn, this encourages them to work hard at improving their physical skills. Parents will know that it can be difficult juggling picking up their children at different times if they do afterschool activities - no doubt they prefer the lunchtime club format! Parents will also know how annoying it can be if they get given the whole team’s kit to wash for the week and there’s no way of knowing whose is whose when it’s time to hand them back out! Simple solution: point the other parents in our direction and make sure they label their children’s kit too.
Separation of boys and girls
In primary school, boys and girls tend to do PE all together, but certainly by secondary schools they will usually be separated by gender.
Some believe that the traditional gender separation encourages gender stereotypes. Who is to say that boys should be the ones playing football and rugby and girls should dance, play netball and do gymnastics? Should boys and girls PE and games classes always be mixed? Or do you think that the separation is suited to biological differences?
In the summer term, there is often a focus on athletics in the lead up to a special event, one dreaded by some pupils and adored by others… Sports Day! At primary school there are usually some regular running races, but also a wonderful array of other more fun activities like egg and spoon races, sack races, or maybe a tug of war! Usually these are enjoyed by the pupils in a light-hearted manner, but recently stories have been shared in the press of spectating parents not having such a laid back attitude, to the extent that some schools have even felt compelled to ban parents from coming to watch to avoid any swearing and aggression amongst them!
When we imagine children in their PE lessons or at Sports Day, we imagine them waiting for their turn on the trampoline, up the apparatus or with bats and balls, all wearing their identical PE kit, and then rushing to the changing room or classroom to get back into their normal uniform before the bell goes. With so much kit flying around, it’s no surprise that children often come home with someone else’s shorts, or worse… someone else’s entire kit bag! Really there’s no reason for you or them to stress, just use some of our name labels and you’ll never have to root through the lost property box again when you pick them up at the end of the day!
What we recommend for PE kit
Polo shirts, skirts, shorts and socks are the most obvious items of PE kit that need to be labelled because generally they are all identical! This means that it only takes a second for a child to get their items jumbled up with the person’s next to them in the changing room or classroom. For years, customers have loved our iron on labels for clothing as they really do become part of the garment when applied correctly and are extremely durable.
More recently the stick on labels we offer have become suitable for use on care labels inside garments, so they too can be used for clothing. Both of these types of label can be customised in all kinds of creative ways; not only can you choose the colours and the font but you can even add your own picture or photo! We also have a variety of sport-related logos so why not add a football to the labels on their football kit or a tennis racket to their racket case?
Alternatively, we offer stamps which come with special textile ink that lasts through many many washes. If you have just one child then the single StampaName will be perfect, and should you have a bigger family then the Multistamp is excellent value (you can have up to 4 names on one stamp block!) and so quick to use.
As well as sports clothing, kit bags are also frequently identical, but a stick on label will quickly ensure that they don’t take the wrong person’s kit home at the end of the day.
Trainers are an expensive thing to lose and although there are plenty of different styles, making it perhaps more easy for your child to keep track of their own, so many pairs still end up in the lost property box! As trainers have to endure lots of running about and therefore lots of sweaty feet, we recommend using our stick on SupaTags then adding our transparent shoe label protectors on top. These will keep the label stuck on nicely through many football matches and running races.
You can find all of these products on this website!