Why is physical activiy important for children?
Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
The Government has made a committement to promote physical activity in schools and has suggested that children need to have access to at least 60 miunutes of physical activity a day. Within school children have access to moring and lunchtime breaks and also have opportunities for specific PE lessons each week based on a school wide PE curriculum delivered through the Real PE program.
Where possible, children are encouraged to take part in afterschool clubs and activities that are led by qulified sports coaches in partnership with a local organisation called Just Do Sport.
The school is also committed to outdoor education and has an area of the grounds designated to outdoor leanring. Team building activities are run by classes throuout the year to encourage social development and interpersobal skills as well as encouraging chidlren to develop their fine and gross potor skills.
Schools are given a additioanl amount of money each year to make additional and sustainable imporvements to the quality of their PE curriculum delivery and to also enable to school to purchase new and repair old equipment for chidlen to use in and around the school. The funding can be spent on activities that help to promote healthy and active life styles in young chidlren.
Each year the school has to provide a report on the spending of the Sports Premium. Please find the schools spending plans by clicking on the links below.