Detail

Title ID 312Collection ID408
TitleSomerset County Council. The County Education Committee. Physical Education
Date[ca. late 1930s]
Genre/TypeProfessionalNon-fiction
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsChildren Education Recreational Facilities Schools Sport
Location
RegionalSomerset
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
Production[Somerset County Council Education Committee ?]
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration28 min. 27 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

"This film shows the modern methods now being practiced in many primary and secondary schools in the county. It demonstrates certain developments in the syllabus of physical training for schools issued by the Board of Education in 1933..."

Description

The opening titles of the films read, "This film shows the modern methods now being practiced in many primary and secondary schools in the county. It demonstrates certain developments in the syllabus of physical training for schools issued by the Board of Education in 1933, and illustrates 1) The use of free practices, 2) The increased use of individual mobility 3) The quick access to much small apparatus and its use throughout a lesson, 4) Improvised and experimental apparatus in group activities." It proceeds to record a range of P.A. activities being undertaken in school playgrounds, but opens however with images of a lesson taking place in an adjoining field - an intertitle explains that the school's playground is inadequate for the needs of the lesson. Primary schoolchildren exercise in the field, doing simple gymnastic moves, throwing and catching balls, and running around. A female teacher watches as they exhibit skills of dexterity, co-ordination, physical fitness and suppleness. Similar activities are undertaken in the playground of a different primary school by infants and pupils from the top class. Equipment being used includes skipping ropes, hoops, benches and bars. The children appear well trained in their exercises which take place in routined solo and group displays. The girls from a 'large urban Junior school' have highly developed skills, working on bars, benches and a buck. Group exercises are followed by footage of individuals using skipping ropes. Similar activities are filmed at two final girls schools, with additions including "ankle stretching, rhythmic knee-bending, and heel-lifting leading to skip jump." Pupils from the last school present detailed gymnastic routines, performing forward rolls through hoops, cartwheels and handstands, working on a climbing frame and finally holding a classmate aloft on a bench.