In the early years and primary phase at Harleston Sancroft Academy, we are committed to delivering an inclusive, broad and competitive Physical Education curriculum which is planned to progressively build upon skills for all of our pupils. Our children and staff understand the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle; how different physical activities can improve their physical fitness, stamina and creative movement as well as benefiting their mental health.
PE in the early years and primary phase is underpinned by our purpose for education which is to enable all pupils to flourish and grow. Through our values (hope, perseverance, wisdom, love, respect, faith) we aim to provide our pupils with a PE curriculum that is knowledge-rich, vocabulary-driven and skills-based. PE at our school is a central part of the children’s lives. Physical activity is used as a way to support our children’s physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing. It teaches self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved.
Beyond merely a subject, we believe that participating in physical activity and sporting activity is a key element of developing a school in which pupils are proud of the community in which they belong. Therefore, great emphasis is placed upon additional sporting opportunities beyond the lesson within after-school clubs, inter-house and inter-school competition and festivals, as well as making direct links with the local sporting clubs.
Swimming is a vital part of all of our children’s learning and an important life-skill. We strive for all of our pupils to be able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m by the end of KS2. KS2 children are taught by a qualified swimming instructor and supported by other trained members of staff. Children, who are unable to confidently swim 25m towards the end of year 6, attend additional catch up sessions within small groups before they leave our school.