Physical Education is essential for every child and its value is recognised by its inclusion as a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. It helps to develop a healthy body and reduce the risk of heart disease. It offers opportunities to experience a wide range of activities that can form an important part of our leisure time, promoting a feeling of well being and enjoyment of life. Finally it helps to develop important social values; determination, co-operation, honesty, loyalty, self-discipline, self respect and respect for others.
Practical areas of work covered are gymnastics, dance, athletics, game skills and swimming. Children develop and improve co-ordination and motor skills through individual and small group activities, using a variety of equipment in a variety of situations. We plan for invention, co-operation, understanding of and the need for rules, decision making, and mini games. Children are given an opportunity to officiate and coach. Finally in years 5 & 6 we introduce official rules and increased understanding of tactics and teamwork. At this stage we also often have visiting coaching sessions which are run by specialists, i.e. Colchester Football Club, etc.
We participate in a programme of inter-school sports which provides an opportunity for children to experience the benefits of healthy competition.