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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Aims

Our aim is to develop physically literate children with the fundamental movement skills (agility, balance, coordination) required to provide a solid foundation for lifelong participation in a range of sports. We foster a love of physical activity by providing a personalised and engaging PE curriculum, as well as many opportunities for physical activity during the school day and playtimes. Children learn to swim as part of our PE curriculum in our school pool, taught by class teachers who have completed swimming teacher training. We make full use of our local area by welcoming coaches from local clubs into the school. All children will take part in competitive sporting activities in the school and local community through house, school team and individual pursuits.

 

The Curriculum

Our PE scheme, Complete PE, allows us to tailor our curriculum to suit all children's needs, offering varying levels of support and challenge. PE is a fundamental aspect of the interconnected curriculum at Archdeacon Cambridge’s and children take part in 2 hours of PE lessons every week. Children experience a wide range of sports and activities, both indoors throughout the key stages. PE also offers important opportunities to develop the 'whole child' and is used to develop social skills, thinking and problem solving skills, self-awareness and physical and mental wellbeing habits. 

Sports Week is the highlight of the school year, with all children being offered the chance to explore a wide variety of sports, e.g. archery, martial arts and tchoukball. This culminates our Sports Day, when children compete in their houses against one another to find a whole-school winner. 

 

ACPS Curriculum Overview

 

Beyond the Curriculum

Children's opportunities to enjoy a healthy, physical lifestyle are not limited to the taught curriculum. Our children from Year 1 onwards take part in whole-class skipping 3 days a week, when they challenge one another to improve their skipping skills. Children are also actively involved in developing their playground experiences through the role of Play Leaders, who support lunchtime staff in facilitating playground games and low level peer mediation. Children's suggestions for playground equipment are taken into consideration and discussed within the Play Leader team.

Beyond the School Day
Children have many opportunities to participate in sporting clubs before and after school and to represent the school in competitive tournaments and competitions. Clubs offered by the school include dance, tennis, basketball, football, netball, cricket, rugby and athletics. These are run by school teachers and subject specialist from local clubs.

Opportunities to Represent the School

Children who attend a club regularly and with commitment are selected to represent the school at inter-school and borough-wide friendlies, competitions and tournaments. We regularly take part in:

  • Borough Sports Indoor and Outdoor Athletics
  • Richmond Knights Basketball Tournament
  • Borough Swimming Gala
  • Football League matches
  • Football Cup tournament
  • Tag Rugby tournament and Twickenham Stoop
  • Richmond Borough cricket
  • Inter-school netball matches
  • Borough Netball Cup tournament
For details of School Tours in October for Reception and Nursery 2023 entry, please call the school on 020 8894 4777.
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