Essendene Lodge Sportsday July 2015 3

Sport

Sport and physical activity are an important part of school life. At Essendene Lodge School pupils take part in separate P.E. and games lessons every week.

From an early age children are encouraged to develop co-ordination, balance and a variety of skills using small and large equipment in gymnastics. From Year 1 children begin learning skills in Javelin, Shot Put and Long Jump which is developed through to Year 6.

Pupils enjoy a wide range of sporting activities throughout the academic year including: Athletics, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Health and Fitness, Hockey, Netball, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Rugby, Rounders and Swimming. We believe that it is important for both girls and boys to enjoy all of these sports so we combine girls and boys Games in the Spring term and allow them to choose between Rounders and Cricket in the final part of the Summer term.

We are developing a strong Cross Country team which the children train for once a week from Year 3. They progression is tracked regularly and they receive awards for their efforts.

We have a variety of extra curricular sporting clubs that run throughout the year for years 1 to 6 to enjoy. These are mixed sessions.

At Essendene Lodge we consider swimming to be a vital life skill as well as a sport. For this reason our children begin swimming in Reception class and swim weekly throughout Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2 pupils have weekly swimming lessons for a term each class. During swimming lessons the children are taught water safety and survival skills as well as developing their stroke technique and stamina, each child is given an award at the end of their swimming time, which allows for progression as well as achievement.

The annual school Sports Day, inter-house and inter-school fixtures foster the sense of team spirit so valued by the school. Years 5 and 6 pupils also go on annual residential trips to Bowles Outdoor Activity Centre and Bush Craft bi-annually taking part in activities including skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering, camp craft, problem solving, zip wire and low ropes and team work.