Headteacher: Mrs J Boylan
We aim to give our children a broad and balanced PE curriculum which encourages all children to take part in physical activity both in school and at home, and which develops lifelong healthy living habits.
Our curriculum covers dance, games, gymnastics, athletics, outdoor and adventure activities. We also encourage outside and active learning across the curriculum whenever possible to help to utilise active learning. We aim to develop skills, creativity and resilience by practising the different aspects of PE, setting ourselves targets, and persevering when we find things difficult.
As well as working with sports coaches from Project Sports, we regularly work with specialist coaches, both in school and at outside venues. This includes Year 2 children playing tennis at Queen’s Sports Club, a visiting dance specialist coming in to work with classes, working alongside a Phunky Foods coach, Year 4 children going swimming every week at the Halifax pool and Year 6 attending the outward bound residential course at Robinwood. We also invite different coaches into school during our Health Week programme in the summer term.
Our annual sports days are held in the summer term for KS1 and KS2. Parents are invited to come and watch and each child tries to gain points for their house.
Our playground at the Moorfield site has a play trail and both sites have playground markings like a hopscotch layout to encourage playing different games.
If you’re having a bad weather week or you live in an urban area without easy access to a backyard, letting the kids run around outside might not be an option for you right now. But kids can still get in plenty of physical activity without leaving the house—it just takes a bit of creativity.
1. Twister is fun, encourages flexibility and balance, and is perfect for a rainy day or if you don’t have an outdoor space available right now.
2. Dance + freeze
Adding a “freeze” element to a living room dance party makes it more fun for kids while also encouraging them to practice their balance.
Practicing yoga together is a great way to challenge balance and coordination while also getting some much needed quite time as a family.
4. Beanbag toss
This super simple activity is great for kids of all different ages and abilities as you can easily make it more or less challenging. Set up two baskets, one full of beanbags or soft balls. Your child can practice throwing a beanbag from one basket to another to work on coordination. Move the baskets further apart as they get the hang of it.
Skipping using a rope is the perfect indoor PE activity because it uses up so much energy, requires very little space and is excellent practice for coordination.
Hopscotch is excellent for helping improve balance and coordination because of all of the rapid changes in movement required. Get out the chalk and set up hopscotch on your patio or driveway and hop along with each other.
2. Obstacle course
Enlist your child’s help in setting up an obstacle course in the garden. Get creative with what you have available to make it fun and challenging. Use garden stones or an old 2×4 piece of wood to create a balance beam, mark a pathway for them to run or ride their bike on, set up a big bucket for them to throw a ball in.
Sometimes the simple, time-tested games are the best! Draw numbered squares on your driveway and challenge each other to bounce the ball to a family member standing in whatever number square you call out. (You do need four people for a traditional foursquare game, but if you have fewer than four people in your household, you can create a simple variation by drawing a triangle or a rectangle with fewer spots.)
4. Follow the leader
Line up single file and let each family member take turns being the “leader.” The leader decides how the group will move around the outdoor area. Think crawling around the perimeter, walking backwards (carefully), hopping on one foot, going down the slide if you have one.
5. Red light green light
Ask your kids to stand along the fence in the outdoor area. Stand across from them. When you call “Green Light!” they can advance toward you and when you call “Red Light!” they stop. Change up the type of movement they use, from jumping to tiptoeing, and make sure to switch roles so they get a chance to lead too.