Extra Curricular Activities
At Whittle Academy, it is our belief that a high quality Physical Education curriculum is vital when inspiring all of our pupils to succeed, whether that be in terms of physical activity, competitive sport, health and fitness or confidence. To this end, we ensure that all of the children in our care have access to two hours of quality physical education each week, covering a range of physical activities, games and skills.
In addition to this, we look to provide a diverse range of after school clubs, competitive fixtures and other sporting opportunities to enrich our children’s experience of physical activity and instil a love of learning – something which can be considered as a core value of our school. We also ensure that lunchtimes are active as possible through hiring a lunchtime coach, developing Sports Leaders to lead activities at lunch times and making use of our outdoor gym area.
Within the PE Curriculum, there is a balance of different areas of physical development which can include a variety of sports. We feel it is vital at Whittle that Physical Education provides our children with the opportunity to compete in sport and other activities, building character and lifelong skills and thus helping to embed values such as fairness and respect, which again, we consider to be core values of our school.
An example of the range of activities we provide during PE lessons are:
Swimming: In Year 3/4, children receive swimming tuition, with the ultimate aim of becoming proficient and confident at swimming a distance of 25 metres or more.
Dance: We are fortunate at Whittle to have a dance specialist who works alongside teachers and children during dance lessons. In these lessons, children not only build upon their abilities to perform step, but also develop their choreography skills to create sequences independently and with their peers.
Gymnastics: These sessions show children how to control their muscles and perform balances individually and in groups. Children also learn about safety – setting out equipment – and spatial awareness.
Games and Multi-Skills: This part of the PE curriculum allows for team skills to develop in a fun but competitive way. We ensure that our curriculum is linked to the competitive sports that children participate in as part of the School Games initiative. Children learn skills and tactics for a variety of popular sports including football, netball, basketball, hockey and cricket. In addition, children learn and apply the basic principles for attacking and defending (something which is a staple concept of the PE Curriculum).
After School Clubs
As part of our continuing commitment to school sport, our school offers a range of extra-curricular activities. We are passionate about and thus ensure that we provide children with the opportunity to become physically active and confident outside of the school setting and so, through pupil feedback, we have developed a bespoke after school club provision that caters for all children.