In line with the Department for Education’s vision for Primary PE and the Sport Premium the PE curriculum and extra-curricular activities have been designed to ensure that:
‘All pupils leave physically literate and with the knowledge and skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport’
In physical education children take part in a wide variety of activities. They learn that being active is fun and that it is important to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. At the beginning of their school life children learn and explore basic movement skills, they develop these skills throughout their time at our school and leave as confident individuals able to play a wide range of sports.
At Key Stage one the children learn the fundamentals of Physical Education through lessons involving multi-skills, dance, games, athletics and gymnastics. At Key Stage two in addition to those taught earlier, pupils also have lessons in swimming and outdoor/adventurous activities.
In gymnastics children use apparatus which enables them to develop their gross motor skills (jumping and balance etc). We play a wide variety of team games and during fine weather we take advantage of our playing field for outdoor activities of many kinds. Lessons involving the use of small apparatus (bats, balls, skipping ropes etc) develop the children's fine motor skills, such as catching, throwing and hand/eye co-ordination. During the summer the children do athletics on the school field and learn the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing events.
In addition this and in response to the reported rise in childhood obesity in the UK, we have introduced HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) into the curriculum. These lessons have introduced the children to the types of activities which will enable them to lead healthy active lifestyles as children and into adulthood.
The children from Y1 to Y6 participate in a wide range of activities facilitated by our link with the Harrogate schools partnership. We encourage healthy competition and organise a range of intra and inter schools’ competitions within our federation - as well as our multi-coloured sports day! For more information about the Sports Partnership visit http://www.harrogatessp.com
Children go to Ripon Baths for swimming lessons every week from September until the end of the Spring Term (Easter).
Our Sports Coach, Dan Woolston, works with the children every Friday, targeting a different sport each half term.
Our federated school hosts an annual Cross-Country event for a number of local schools. It is held in the summer term in the grounds of Newby Hall.