At Ducklington CE Primary School we promote an active and healthy lifestyle in many ways. Through physical education we promote positive ‘can do’ attitudes so that our pupils can learn how to tackle a wide variety of activities in a creative, competitive but respectful way. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate their ideas and performances and how to improve the quality and effectiveness of these.
As they move through our school pupils are given a wide range of opportunities both through our PE curriculum and after school opportunities to discover their abilities, preferences and aptitudes in sports and we encourage them to start on the road to a lifelong healthy lifestyle including physical activity. We have good links with local Sports’ Clubs and children benefit from professional coaches from these clubs training them in specific areas.
Our PE curriculum offers each child a minimum of two hours high quality PE teaching per week. In addition there is a range of extra-curricular opportunities and clubs both after school and at lunch times. We also have an annual Healthy Living Week in the summer term which enables and encourages children to explore a wider range of sports, activities and ways in which to lead a healthy lifestyle. Our Healthy Living Week finishes with our annual Sports’ Day which is an amazing event involving both team and individual challenges.
As part of the Witney Partnership of Schools we take part in a wide variety of sporting festivals and tournaments with all of our chidlren. These give the children experience of learning and competing with children from other partnership schools. We also hold termly intra-school competitions and festivals where all children compete against each other or share their PE learning that term.
As part of our PE provision all children in KS2 swim for 12 weeks during the academic year at the Windrush Leisure Centre, taught by qualified swimming instructors. We are really proud of the high standards in swimming which this year is reflected in our amazing performance in the School Games to reach the Oxfordshire finals!
As part of our commitment to developing healthy children we take part in the schools fruit and vegetable scheme so all Foundation and KS1 children are given a piece of fresh fruit or a vegetable daily. We continue this in KS2 where we have a whole school healthy snacks policy currently being revised by our School Council. The rationale for this is covered in our PSHE lessons and annually during our Healthy Living Week.
We have been awarded the Sainsbury’s Gold Kite Mark for our provision and are members of the Youth Sport Trust. This year we have improved our Sport provision still further and are going for platinum!
We benefit from the Sports Premium funding and have used this effectively to raise standards in PE across the school, employ high quality coaches, staff CPD and impact on playtimes. Please see the full report for more details.