At Windmill, we believe that it is essential for every child to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. We employ a specialist sports teacher, Mr Rose, to ensure that our children have the very best provision given the context of the school in Sneinton, where access to a sports field, leisure services and big open spaces is limited. We therefore aim to develop a physical education and school sport programme that offers opportunities for children to participate in range of activities and competition, thus increasing participation and promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Our basketball team has a long standing excellent reputation across the city, winning many tournaments.
THE AIMS OF OUR PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM ARE TO:
- increase physical activity levels of our children
- develop teamwork, resilience and determination through competition
- improve physical literacy in all children
- foster enjoyment through physical activity
Please click here to see the curriculum overview for Foundation 1
Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care, and must use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all of the areas of learning and development. (EYFS Statutory Framework 2017).
SWIMMING AT WINDMILL
At Windmill, we recognise the importance of children learning to swim and to be able to perform safe self-rescue at an early age. We have recently evaluated our provision of swimming, therefore this year we are providing swimming lessons in the autumn and spring terms for Year 4 and a summer refresher course for Year 6.
Next year, we will continue with two terms of intensive swimming for Year 4 and a refresher for Year 6. We will also introduce a summer term of swimming for Year 2 to start to build their confidence in the water and to be able to pull themselves out of the water safely. We aim to continue to provide intensive swimming coaching for Year 4, so that children will have greater success at learning to swim compared to having short sessions over a couple of years. We will evaluate the impact of the new strategy for swimming provision annually. Please see the Sports Premium page for our Year 6 swimming statistics.