At William Cobbett our P.E. programme is broad and balanced, containing a series of enjoyable challenges experienced in a safe and supportive environment. It provides all pupils with opportunities to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. Our aims in teaching P.E. are that all children will:
- Be physically active and find enjoyment in physical activity.
- Develop an appreciation of health, fitness and the benefits of an active lifestyle.
- Develop positive attitudes towards physical activity including fair play and perseverance.
- Experience a lasting sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment through physical activity.
- Understand the need for safe practice and procedures during physical activity and how this can be achieved.
- Develop physical skills through a structured and developmental programme.
Our objectives focus on the following specific actions to support and achieve the above aims through:
- Providing a P.E. programme which meets and exceeds statutory National Curriculum requirements, ensuring at least two hours of PE and sports each week.
- Increased pupil participation, by the provision of quality physical activity opportunities both within and outside the curriculum time which:
- Considers the needs and interests of all pupils
- Utilises qualified professionals to contribute to the provision in and out-of-school hours
- Providing a variety of facilities and equipment to encourage children to be active at playtimes.
- Developing links within the local community and providing children with the information and confidence to take advantage of these opportunities.
We are committed to enhancing the ethos of sport in our school and ensuring that all young children are active. We have used the Sport Premium money to initiate after school clubs focussing on children who are less active. Throughout the year we hope to employ sports specialists from Planet Education to assist staff in the teaching of P.E.
In April 2013, the government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (P.E.) and sport. This funding should be used to improve the quality and breadth of P.E. and sport provision. The funding has been allocated to all maintained and state-funded primary schools.
The opportunity to take part in competitive team sports against local schools is available through our after school clubs. A variety of competitive sports are represented yearly, such as football, netball, rugby and rounders.
Whole school teams participate in the Farnham and Ash Schools Swimming Gala, District Sports, Cross Country events and Year 5 and 6 take part in the annual district Rounders’ Tournament. We also take part in festivals run by the Farnham & Ash Sports Confederation and Weyside Confederation. We work with the local secondary school, Heath End, to provide multi-sport activity mornings. Their sports leaders run activy sessions for our infant pupils.
We encourage the children to take part in competitive events against each other, to foster their skills in teamwork and to develop good sporting behaviour.
At the end of each summer term we hold our school Sports Day. The Year 2 children from our main feeder infant schools are invited to a special Year 2/3 sports afternoon in July, prior to them joining the juniors in September. This is part of our Transition Programme.
School Sports Clubs
There are a number of clubs held before school, during the lunch hour and after school, including, golf, judo, dance, football, yoga, gymnastics etc. Another valuable resource are parents with a specialist skill. They are very welcome to help run after school sports clubs in conjunction with a teacher. We are extremely grateful for all the help parents give us with sporting activities.
In Year 3 each class has the opportunity to go to the swimming pool at All Hallows School for lessons. These are for a period of ten weeks in the Summer Term.