When sport and physical activity are introduced at an early age, it is more likely that children will adopt a healthy, balanced, and active lifestyle later on. Sports are important for children as they promote self expression, self-discipline, the development of diverse motor skills and body awareness. At ICS Côte d'Azur, we ensure that sport is always fun for our students to create a positive connection between moving your body and feeling good.
At ICS Côte d'Azur we plan a sports curriculum that is adapted for every age group.
We introduce our youngest students in KG1 to sport by encouraging them to explore and discover moving and controlling their bodies through diverse soft play obstacle courses for agility and coordination.
In KG2, this is developed further by introducing basic motricity skills, coordination and spatial awareness through balancing, running, jumping, dancing throwing and catching balls, during activities like team games, moving to music, obstacle courses and ball games.
As our students progress through school they get to try a diverse range of activities and experience during their sports classes. Team sports include football, tag rugby, volleyball, handball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, netball, lacrosse and orienteering. Individual sports include athletics, short tennis, tri-golf, dance and table tennis.
Our oldest students in PY5 and PY6, in line with the ethos of the IB Primary Years Programme, are guided to work on their organisation and leadership skills through creating their own game and building a lesson plan for their peers. They explain and teach their game to the rest of the class and are encouraged to lead the lesson. By taking agency over the activity, the students develop confidence, creativity and energy as they encourage their classmates to participate and excel.
At every age, our sports classes promote the link between physical and mental health, and the curriculum is based around developing the following values and skills:
- Teamwork and cooperation
- Healthy competition
- Decision making
- Self discipline
- Self expression
- Finding joy in effort
- Evaluating and celebrating success
KG1 and KG2 have one 30-minute sports class twice a week
PY1 to PY6 have one one-hour sports class twice a week
Sports such as cycling, judo, gym, yoga, football and dance are offered as part of the after-school activies provided by our partner Riviera Kids.