Physical development and education are essential to improve the future health of our pupils.
Recent research identified that half of all seven-year-olds do not have enough exercise and that a third of pupils will be overweight when they leave Primary school.
The Sports and PE curriculum begins in EYFS with the development of motor skills and movement. Through Key Stage 1 skills are developed and refined through weekly sessions and from Year 3 competitive games and team sports form part of the curriculum.
Extra-curricular sports clubs are offered for seasonal sports: football, netball and rugby in the Autumn and Spring terms and tennis, rounders, cricket and athletics in the Summer term. All sessions are delivered by fully qualified and experienced sports coaches with the support of teaching staff. Dance and gymnastics are offered as clubs and as part of the curriculum for all pupils.
Some pupils will develop talents and skills beyond age-related expectations and additional opportunities will be offered as school team members and expert interventions. It is expected that school teams will compete locally and we will celebrate good sportsmanship and skill.
To promote fitness and physical development, Challenge Days in September and April enable pupils to measure personal bests during physical tasks, set themselves targets and reflect on physical development. From EYFS pupils will be aware of fitness and health with more formal sports science introduced to prepare pupils for Secondary school in Years 5 and 6.