"The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying." Paulo Coelho (a Brazilian lyricist and novelist).
Our high-quality PE curriculum inspires all the children to challenge themselves and to succeed sports and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for the children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We provide regular opportunities for all the children to compete in sport and other activities, in order to build character and help to embed (fundamentally British) values such as fairness and respect.
In the EYFS, the children’s Physical Development is a prime focus, with opportunities for discrete sporting activities as well as physical play and exploration throughout the school day.
From Key Stage 1, children are taught a minimum of two hours of P.E. each week, with the expectation (through additional daily activities such as The Daily Mile or Activ8) to achieve more than this in general physical activity. The children have access to a number of extra-curricular clubs after school, across the academic year including: football, netball, cricket, athletics etc. In addition, the children in Key Stage 2 have a block swimming placement.
The children benefit from specialist Sports coaching in PE across the school; the excellent Sports Coach enables continuous in-house training of teaching staff in up-to-date PE teaching methods.
How can I support my child with Physical Education?
1. Organized Activities
Adults or children can organize active play. There are active indoor games such as Simon Says, and dozens of games to play outside — hopscotch, jump rope, dodge ball, Frisbee golf, badminton and volleyball. Depending on the season, plan trips to a local bowling alley, swimming pool or skating rink. Look into the options provided at school or at the local park for other organized activities.
- Competitive Sports
Different children excel at and enjoy different types of activities. Experiment with team and individual sports and activities alike — from football and netball to ice skating and martial arts — to see which types of activity interest your child.
- Make Fitness Part of Your Child's Day
If your children can walk, scoot or bike to and from school, they will get many of the physical and mental benefits of being active, while you save on trips to the petrol station. Walk or bike with your kids, when you can, and organise a neighbourhood walking or bicycle-pool for days when you are not able to go with them.
- Make Screen Time an Active Time
When going to play outside isn’t an option, your children can play interactive video games that require physical activity such as tennis, bowling or basketball. You also can use dance or fitness videos and active video games for some physically-active television time.
- Get Help with Household Chores
Encourage your child to participate in active outdoor chores such as raking leaves, pulling weeds, watering plants, sweeping the walks or cleaning the garage. Make the chores feel fun with upbeat music and be sure to join in to get them done as a family.
- Be an Active Role Model
Present physical activity as an important time to take care of your body and health, rather than a chore. Find activities you enjoy and be active for at least 30 minutes five days a week. When your children see that you are enjoying time being active, they will be more likely to model your behaviour.