“To provide a safe environment that builds self esteem and confidence and challenges pupils to reach their potential whilst developing physical competence. We want to inspire pupils to take part in a range of physical activities as part of a healthy active lifestyle, both in and out of school”.
In Key Stage 1 pupils work on movement and manipulative skills that underpin participation in physical activity and in turn continue their physical literacy journey to become lifelong participants. Essentially when children learn to move better, they move more for life. We explore movement and manipulation through a number of activities from gymnastics and dance to small sided games and swimming activities. In these early years we believe that we need to engage children in physical activity for the right reasons; to be healthy, to develop confidence and social skills and to enjoy physical activity.
In Key Stage 2 we believe that children should continue on their physical literacy journey and build on the foundation movement and manipulation skills laid down in Key Stage 1. Building on these foundations will ensure that children are more efficient in their movement and encourage them to continue taking part in physical activities for health and well-being. At Gateway we recognise that there are benefits of taking part in sport as well as body mastery and many of our children enjoy taking part and competing in sport. Therefore from year 3 to year 6 children have a games afternoon in which children have the opportunity to take part in sports such as Football, Rugby, Netball, Cross country, Cricket, Volleyball, Basketball and Hockey. In each half term children have the opportunity to represent their house in the various sports which brings with it a sense of camaraderie and pride. The friendly competition that exists between houses culminates with our school sports day.
We aim to build a pathway for our pupils from laying movement and manipulation foundations to school sport and physical activity leading on to extra curricular clubs and school representation. We regularly have fixtures against both state and independent schools in a variety of sports at a variety of levels. Our aim here is to give as many children as possible the chance to represent the school. Click on the link below to see our sports webpage which includes our newsletters, calendars and team sheets.
The PE department would like to encourage the children to not only take part in Sport at School but also become a member of a Sports club outside of school. We believe that this will help develop their skills further and provide them with more opportunity to play in a competitive environment. In order to help you access the local Sports Clubs we have put together a contact sheet (attached) and will be displaying information about trials and open days on our Community board and via email. If you would like any further help please feel free to get in touch.