P.E is not only an integral part of our school curriculum it is an essential element of our school ethos.
The status of P.E has been steadily on the rise over the past few years. We now have a highly experienced and skilled P.E team which oversees all aspects of sport at Whitehall Park School. Our PE team have written us our very own bespoke PE curriculum, it has been designed to excite and engage all of our children in PE as well as being fun.
All children in KS1 and KS2 receive two hours of high quality P.E teaching each week. This can be broken down into 1 hour of games and an hour of either gym, athletics or dance taught by their class teacher and supported by specialist Sports coaches. In addition in Year 3 children will receive weekly swimming lessons in the Autumn term by the expert staff at Caledonian Road Pool.
In addition to this we have a weekly fitness assembly where the children all take part in a range of directed physical activities from Yoga to Zumba.
We offer opportunities for the children to take part in structured sports activities at lunchtimes through the employment of skilled coaches. They supervise competitive activities four lunchtimes a week.
The National Curriculum stipulates that swimming must be chosen as one of the areas of activity at Key Stage 2 unless pupils have completed the full teaching requirements in relation to swimming activities and water safety during Key Stage 1. This means that pupils must be taught the following:
to pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival
to swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25m
to use recognised arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back
use a range of recognised strokes and personal survival skills [for example, front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface diving].
Every Wednesday in the autumn term Year 3 will be going to Caledonian Road Swimming Pool as part of their PE curriculum. This will start on Wednesday the 20th of September 2017. If your child is in Year 3 please could you ensure that they bring the following with them on Wednesday:
Swimming costume (one piece) or swimming trunks for boys (this should be close fitting and above the knee)
A swimming hat (all children)
If you have any questions please speak to our PE Lead: Miss Donkin.
The Whitehall Park Daily Mile
For the 2017-2018 school year we are very excited to announce that we will be taking part in the Whitehall Park Daily Mile. The Daily Mile is a free and simple initiative that involves nursery and primary school pupils running or jogging/walking for 15 minutes per day, at a time of their class teacher’s choosing. In this time frame, most children will average a mile distance.
The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and well being of our children – regardless of age or personal circumstances. It is a profoundly simple but effective concept, which any primary or nursery school can implement completely free of charge and without the need for staff training. Its impact can be transnational – improving not only the children’s fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general well being. To find out more information about the Whitehall Park Daily Mile please follow this link: http://thedailymile.co.uk/
Specialist Sports coaches and Extra-Curricular Sport
We are super lucky to have the wonderful team from Super Star Sport working with the school to support us with our delivery of our high caliber PE curriculum and extra curricular activities. We offer extensive opportunities for all children to get involved in extra-curricular sport. The school currently offers sporting clubs for: football, touch rugby, ballet, archery and street dance. We are hoping to get our own football teams going this year and hope to enter into some local competitions.