Sport and other physical activities are an important part of the curriculum at Courthouse. Pupils have an hour of indoor P.E. and an hour of ourdoor Games each week. In the summer term, one of these sessions will be used for swimming in our own shallow-water, heated swimming pool - all teaching staff are shallow water instructors with the appropriate training and certificates that are renewed every three years.
In addition to curriculum time, pupils are encouraged to take part in active play through the 'Huff and Puff' equipment available at break and lunchtimes, and children can use the low-rope trail, traversing wall and low tight-ropes . This is also used as a class reward or Golden Time treat.
We also take part in competitive leagues for football and netball and our teams do well against other schools in the borough. There are various extra-curricular clubs run by outside bodies, including 'Multi-sports', tag rugby, judo, dance and ballet, all of which widen the opportunities for pupils to take up an active pursuit.
Our large sports field often hosts football tournaments and allows plenty of room for pupils to run around during the summer and drier autumn months. A fantastic set of wall mounted frames, ladders and associated challenges (paid for by the PTA) gives plenty of scope for indoor adventure too.
Our taught lessons are under the framework of the National Curriculum, which can be viewed or downloaded from the Related Documents panel at left and is also reproduced below,
Physical education (PE):
Purpose of study
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
are physically active for sustained periods of time
engage in competitive sports and activities
lead healthy, active lives.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets] - see whole document at left.