Physical Education

The school's sporting and physical education aims are:

• To encourage enjoyment of physical activity.

• To develop the ability to use the skills they have learnt in movement related activity.

• To promote positive attitudes to health, hygiene and fitness.

• To develop a knowledge of safe practice in sport.

• To develop effective communication and co-operation skills.

• To learn to take part and behave with a good sporting attitude.

• To improve observational skills.

• To develop the ability to assess the effectiveness of performance.

Through Physical Education children gain confidence and competence in physical skills. The school has stunning outdoor facilities. In Key Stage 1 and EYFS children develop skills in physical literacy, gymnastics, dance and games. In Key Stage 2 the curriculum extends skills in gymnastics, dance, games, swimming, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities. Within the Network of Eastern Area Rural Schools (NEARS), regular joint sporting events are held throughout the year including football, netball, tag-rugby, cross-country cricket, basketball, athletics and swimming.

We are very pleased that so many pupils (particularly in KS2) choose to be involved in the wide range of extra-curricular sport provided by the school. We aim to ensure that all children can swim by the time they leave our school. Swimming lessons provided by qualified instructors are offered to all KS1 and KS2 children. Each group swims for a term each year. We use the pool at Burgess Hill for this purpose. We invite contributions for this activity and the children are notified of their lessons well in advance. We also employ a PE specialist at the school to offer high quality PE for children and continuous professional development for staff.