Physical Development

Children need support to access the required amount of physical exercise needed for a healthy life-style. Research shows that children are generally less fit than their predecessors, so we have a programme in place to increase physical exercise levels.
 
This is two fold - firstly we employ a sports coach to work with the children on multi-skills. These are the skills needed for them to enjoy and participate in competitive games as they get older. Alongside this, teachers work on other physical skills including dance and gym with "go-noodle" used to inject either activity or yoga into the classroom. See below for a link to "go-noodle".
 
Secondly, we have worked with a consultant at OPAL to transform our lunchtimes. Children spend up to 20% of their school week in the playground. With research demonstrating that children actually get a better cardio-vascular work-out when involved in high quality outside play,  "loose-parts" play has become an important part of increasing children's physical activity at school.