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.
At Whitehall Park we provide the children with an excellent opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports and activities in their PE lessons. In key stage one the children can expect to have an introduction to the world of physical activity, learning basic fundamental movements such as agility, balance and co-ordination, alongside running, throwing and catching. As children progress through the key stage they will be introduced to team games and learn all about spacial awareness. In key stage two the children have a focus on different sports for example cricket, tennis, athletics, invasion games and football. The children experience the tactical, social and technical side of sports and are encouraged to take the skills they learn into game based activities. The children receive specialist coaching from our sports coach, Jack, and this is supported by teacher led sessions all following our curriculum which is mapped out below.
At Whitehall Park, our year 3 children experience regular swimming lessons which are currently scheduled for every Wednesday afternoon at Archway pool. In accordance to the national curriculum our children should be able 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.
All children who attend swimming need to ensure they bring with them –
A swimming costume (one piece) for girls or swimming trunks for boys (this should be close fitting and above the knee)
A swimming hat
Daily Mile –
At Whitehall Park school we take part in The Daily Mile initiative. This is encouraged by the government to ensure our children are meeting their recommended daily amount of exercise. The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and well being of our children.Through this we have also had the opportunity to offer our children the chance to run in the children London marathon, which takes part in the summer of each year.
This academic school year we have started to compete in a number of sports both locally and across the city. This had given us opportunity to play competitive games against a number of schools. A huge amount of credit must go to the pupils for how successful we have been thus far especially in our football teams. There will be plenty more opportunities for the children to represent the school in a variety of sports and age groups.
The Schools Game Mark –
The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress. At Whitehall Park we are proud to compete in a variety of sports against local and partner schools. Our extra curricular activities are a fantastic opportunity for our children to try new sports and develop their skills. Through our sports captain leadership programme, many children have the opportunity to lead, manage and officiate matches and activities, allowing them to progress their organisation, communication and leadership skills.
Sports club links –
We have worked extremely hard to build so many relationships with sports clubs within the local area. This is to provide the opportunity for our pupils to continue their sports development outside of school and play in competitive teams. We now have partnerships with tennis, cricket, football, athletics, gymnastics, capoeira and other clubs. If you would like any more information about the clubs and how to join, please do come and speak to Mr Kavanagh.