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Physical Education

This area of learning lays the foundations for long-term wellbeing and happy, healthy lives.

Through sport and other physical activities, they learn to increase body control, coordination and dexterity. They learn about their responsibilities both as individuals and members of groups and teams and how to cooperate and to compete fairly.

They also learn about their changing bodies and the importance of nutrition and rest to assist a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

In order to achieve these goals we provide a wide and balanced range of sporting opportunities. In the Foundation Stage the children use the “Leap into Life” programme which focusses on the basic principles of movement. In Key Stage 1 the current focus is on the “PEDPASS” programme which teaches them the range of basic movements and skills in games, gymnastics and dance. In Key Stage 2 these areas are further developed and include athletics and swimming.

When possible there is also a shorter period of daily physical exercise to promote greater personal fitness and health awareness. Outdoor pursuits are covered during their residential activities and in Forest School for Foundation and Years 3+4.

Outside of lessons, we are proud to offer a very wide range of extra curricular clubs. Over the course of the year these include football, netball, tag-rugby, cricket, Dartmoor 3 ball, Street, Dance, tennis, archery, cycling, multi skills, running, cheer leading, Tri Golf and athletics. We firmly believe in Active Playtimes and the children have access to a varied range of play equipment and umpired sports activities each playtime, run by the staff and the children.

We are very actively involved in the School Sports Coordinator Programme where we are closely linked to our local secondary school. This has enabled us to access a number of different sports and teachers and opportunities to attend festivals, tournaments, intra and inter school events. We are also developing strong links with a number of out of school Clubs.