Our school follows the new national curriculum for Physical Education and aims for each child to:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- be physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
To find out more about the national curriculum for Physical Education, please click here.
Physical development is one of the Key areas of the Foundation Stage curriculum and from the moment children start their school life at High Halden they are provided with a wide range of physical activity opportunities. The FUNdamentals of movement – agility, balance and co-ordination – are developed in Foundation Stage and then further embedded along with the core movement skills of walking, running, hopping, skipping, jumping, sending and receiving in Key Stage 1. During these first few years and children use a range of equipment and experience challenges that help develop their team work skills and enable them to achieve success whatever their own level of physical ability.
In Key Stage 2 children start to look at activities in more detail. They develop more detailed and vigorous knowledge of attacking and defending strategies in games, develop their strength and flexibility through sports such as dance, gymnastics, swimming and athletics and learn more about their selves and how they progress and succeed in sport. Small sided games that use a range of different sporting equipment such as netballs, footballs, tennis racquets, rugby balls, basketballs, and cricket based activities feature in every year group from Years 3 to 6 developing in complexity and challenge as children progress through the school
There is a wide range of sports offered during curriculum time. These include swimming, athletics, a range invasion games (including football, hockey, netball, rugby, and basketball just to name a few), striking and fielding games (including Kwik Cricket and rounders) and Net and Wall games such as tennis.
On top of this, we celebrate National Sports Week every year and try to engage the children in new/exciting sports/ enrichment activities which enable children to experience different sports such as Zumba, roller-skating and fencing.
Our strong PE curriculum is built upon and developed through the range of extra curriculum clubs and sporting opportunities that are offered. Our clubs change each term so have a look at our clubs timetable for more information.
Mr Heath is our PE leader, he works in two other local primary schools; we often participate in mini-tournaments against these schools. We are also part of WOKSA (Wield of Kent Sports Association) are participate in festivals such as hockey, curling and football.