We are proud to be active as a school and were early adopters of the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative. Last year our focus on being active was formally recognised by our school achieving the Gold School Games award. We want out children to understand that being active is key to life and to feel the physical and emotional health benefits of being active. Through our school ethos of: ‘Step out of the ordinary’, we want our children to be inspired, be active and feel proud of what they can achieve.
Physical Education is firmly embedded in our school and is not limited to traditional PE lessons where the children change into their PE kit. We know that daily activities, embedded in the children’s educational experience, help to secure excellent outcomes for all. Our Daily Mile has had a revolutionary effect on pupils who know that their day is better with some daily exercise. Children do better and feel better as a result.
Formal Physical Education (PE) is taught in part by professional coaches, teaching staff and through our Forest School provision. Sports covered include both the traditional (e.g. Basket ball, Netball and Athletics) and modern (e.g. Street Dance). The children are transported to Bridport Leisure Centre for swimming, gymnastics and badminton sessions. KS1 children enjoy “Action Van” visits each week to discover a whole range of sports and have a go. Our aim is that all pupils will receive at least 2 hours formal physical education every week and opportunities for daily physical activity.
This has been further enhanced by our focus on the Daily Mile, where all our children are encouraged to take part in at least 15 minutes of additional physical activity every day. The children follow our daily mile course and collect tokens as they complete a circuit. Football and athletics are enjoyed in the Weir Field, which is a half a mile walk (our warm up!) from the school.
We also engage the children in a regular morning ‘Wake & Shake’ session to music, where they can learn a dance routine to music. This enables the children to feel energised and ready for the school day ahead.
Please see our PE Sport premium report to see how we spent the PE premium last year: