The boys use some football orientated fun games as part of their games lessons from Reception to improve spatial awareness and co-ordination. From Years 2-6 all boys will play in fixtures against other schools with an emphasis on skill development, understanding and working as part of a team. These fixtures are set at an appropriate level for the ability of the child, ensuring enjoyment and a sense of achievement for all. Those boys requiring further challenges take part in Tournaments and festivals. All boys are encouraged to remember that the focus of our activities is having fun while taking part in sport.
Football takes place in Burton Court, the South Grounds of Royal Hospital and at Battersea Park. There are After School football clubs held in the Autumn and Spring terms.
Garden House hosts its Football Festival in the Spring Term.
Tag and touch rugby is introduced to the boys from Year 2 as an optional club and from year 3 as part of the curriculum in the Spring Term. Year 3 boys play Tag rugby and Years 4-6 play a full term of Tag and contact rugby with an emphasis on teamwork, skill development and fun. Rugby is played in the South grounds of the Royal Hospital.
At Garden House, swimming is part of the curriculum from Year 1 all the way through to Year 6. We believe that swimming is an essential life skill and therefore our curriculum includes water confidence, stroke development and personal survival skills.
To encourage and recognise progression, pupils can achieve both ASA and GHS swimming awards during school lessons.
Every pupil has the opportunity to represent their house in an annual Interhouse Swimming Gala and for those children in Year 2-6 that would like to have an extra swimming lesson, a school swimming club is available.
A school swimming squad is run for pupils in Year 2-6. The squad allows children to swim in a competitive environment and prepare for regional or school swimming galas. Pupils are selected for this squad through a time trial. In recent years, Garden House have finished third in the London League grand final and been crowned the U10 girls National IAPS champions.
We cover a variety of athletics events in which the children compete at their summer Sports Day. These include a range of field events such as: Javelin, Rounders ball throw, Quoit throw, Rounders ball hit, Hurdles, Long Jump, Standing jump and Skipping. We cover all tracks events from the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. We give all the children the opportunity to become well practiced in the skills and techniques of all of the track and field events available to them.
We use catching and striking games as part of the games sessions from Reception but conventional cricket is not taught until Year 2. From Year 2 the boys take part in pairs cricket matches and work on technique and understanding of cricket through a variety of fun games. From Year 4 the boys attend nets sessions at both Lords and The Oval and move on to incrediball and hard ball cricket.
Upper Boys’ take part in weekly tennis lessons in the summer term taken by specialist coaches. The aim is to develop their basic techniques, game knowledge and have match practice. There is also a weekly tennis club for year 3 upwards which is held in Battersea Park.
During the Autumn and Spring terms, there are a variety of events from team competitions with selected children to the annual Inter House event in which all children participate from Year 2 upwards. This takes place in Royal Hospital South Ground and Burton Court. The GHS Cross Country team competes in many races and competitions including an Interschool event hosted by Garden House in Battersea Park as well as events organised by other schools including a multi school Biathlon which is hosted by a large senior boarding School outside London. We offer a running club which trains before School in Battersea Park once a week as well as two morning fitness sessions all of which are open to all children who wish to join. All children are encouraged to set personal gains and targets throughout the year.
Described as 'an art, a science and a sport' Fencing is an all-encompassing compliment to the education of a child. Principally the concept of 'technique', the application of which plays a crucial role in improving the chance of success; the logical element of fencing is how this concept transmutes across all sports and academic subjects - The deployment of the technical skills in 'combat' or free play is where the Artistic attributes develop, as the fencer composes their tactics according to their intellectual characteristics.
All boys start gymnastics in preparatory aiming to develop their core strength, flexibility, balance and body control with the use of mats and apparatus. Gymnastics takes place in all three terms and there are early morning gymnastic clubs for all abilities and ages to practise their skills and perform in group displays.
Climbing is offered as part of the boys’ sports lessons in Years 4-6 during the Autumn Term. It challenges the boys in a different way to the traditional sports encountered each term in most schools and also gives the boys additional confidence and a fresh outlook on sports they could enjoy.
Judo is taught to boys in MSI (aged 7-8 years) within the timetable during the Autumn term, by highly experienced Judo coaches. In the following two terms, Judo is a Friday Afternoon-Club, open to boys in Junior School (aged 6-7 years) upwards. Boys are graded at School and work towards various belts.