At Witnesham Primary School we have long recognised the contribution of PE to the health and wellbeing of our children. We also acknowledge that a broad, balanced, high quality curriculum and extra-curricular activities have a positive impact on concentration, attitude and achievement. We support the government’s initiative to combat obesity and enjoy being active.
We make sure that pupils have at least two hours of PE timetabled per week, through which we develop the six areas of activity as set out in the National Curriculum – Dance; Games; Gymnastics; Athletics; Outdoor and Adventurous activities; Swimming.
Our school vision is to create a curriculum that develops, motivates and enthuses every individual child to become a lifelong learner. We aim to give opportunities for all pupils to develop their leadership, coaching and officiating skills. As a school we want to create a buzz about physical activities where every child feels confident and ready to participate.
Children in classes 3 and 4 attend Fore Street Swimming Baths in Ipswich for a whole term of weekly swimming lessons. A high percentage of our children meet the basic swimming requirement (25metres) by the time they leave and most achieve significantly in excess of this. Pupils in years 5 have the opportunity to complete the National Cycling Proficiency scheme.
Our children have the opportunity to take part in local sports tournaments with other schools which include basketball, tag rugby, high 5's, football, athletics and quicksticks, cross country, indoor athletics, dodgeball, Quadkids; most of which we do very well in! The school has an extensive range of resources and the children enjoy the use of the playground area and our very own large field on site.
Alongside the PE Curriculum the children have the opportunity to participate in numerous after school sports clubs including running club, tag rugby, games club, football, hockey, rounders, netball, dance, table tennis, cricket, basketball, badminton and tennis. A selection of these are offered at different times throughout the school year.
Staff Training & Professional Development
Witnesham Primary School continues to develop the knowledge and understanding of the staff in school sport and P.E.. Staff regularly attend courses/workshops to further enhance the delivery of school sport.
The school has attained the School Games Gold award for the third the year running.