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Physical Education is essential to the health and well-being of CRIS students. Students are initially introduced to movements that will form the foundation for skills, strength and fitness development in subsequent years. Lessons are game-based where children initially learn through play and discovery. Coaches draw on the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) model. This is a child-centred approach where the teacher acts as a facilitator and the participants make their own adaptations in order to maximize the level of challenge and fun! The following steps are elements of a Teaching Games for Understanding approach:

  • Activity Appreciation: trying out a version of the activity in a small-group
  • Tactical Awareness: developing understanding of common elements of games and tactics needed for success
  • Decision-Making: learning and practising making decisions in action, in response to different situations
  • Application of Skills: identifying and practising the skills needed to improve play
  • Performance: putting it all together, applying the skills, decision-making and tactics in game situations

Competitive sports are integral to CRIS Sports and our PE classes and Extra-Curricular Activity (ECA) program prepare our students to play against other schools. Many of our games are against large local Thai schools but we also travel to Chiang Mai and further afield for tournaments and games. CRIS operates sports teams from U8 to U18 level.

At present we have two main core sports seasons of football and basketball. Students will be exposed to many other sports in a series of short, sport-specific units. Swimming and gymnastics are central to our program but students will also get to experience badminton, baseball, cricket, volleyball and touch rugby. We are looking to better align ourselves with both local and Chiang Mai based international schools to increase games and opportunities for participation.

CRIS Swimming Program

CRIS has adopted the STA School Swimming Academy program from the UK. This is a standards based program that provides a pathway for beginner swimmers to not only gain competency in all four major strokes, but also learn safety and rescue practices in water environments. There are 8 levels and students can achieve awards as they learn new skills. Students will be assessed periodically throughout the term and will need to show a high level of competency in every skill before they can progress to the next level.

Lessons are conducted in a safe, nurturing environment that gives each child a chance to progress at his/her own pace. Our pool safety and coaching methods are constantly reviewed to ensure children receive the best coaching in the safest possible environment.

If you want to find more out about our program and the awards, you can take a look at the STA Swimming Awards Standards here.