The importance of physical education is recognised through the planned teaching of gymnastics, games, dance and swimming. Skills are taught and developed from the Foundation Stage through to Year 4. Wherever possible, further sporting opportunities are provided e.g. Tops Play, netball, tennis and football, etc. Through links with other schools in the area (referred to as Partnership Schools), joint sport afternoons are arranged whenever possible. We are part of the School Sports and Physical education Partnership with NCC and participate in competitions organised throughout the year. The effective use of the School Sports Premium allows the school to bring qualified coaches and P.E. teachers into school to develop CPD for Teachers and to enhance the provision for pupils.
Slaley First School has a whole school approach to the four core themes which comprise the Healthy School Standard:-
Personal, social & health education including sex & relationships & drug education;
emotional health and well being;
Aspects of work in these areas continue to be part of school life, in order to maintain standards.
The Golden Mile Initiative
Here at Slaley First School, we believe that all our pupils should enjoy keeping themselves fit and motivated to live a healthy lifestyle so we run an activity club called The Golden Mile. Every playtime, our pupils encourage each other to complete laps of our yard. When it is better weather, the challenge becomes greater because they can run their laps around our track on the field. Pupils can run or walk their laps. Some of them race each other to push each other to keep running whilst others just have a walk and enjoy chatting to each other while they are walking. The activity can be as physically challenging or relaxing as they wish to make it.
So far, every pupil in the school has walked or run 10 miles, so all are members of the 10 Mile Club. We have 2 members of the 25 Mile Club and 16 members of the 50 Mile Club. We have 10 members of the 75 Mile Club and just recently, 1 member of the 100 Mile Club. These numbers will increase in the next 3 weeks as we have a number of pupils who are almost at their next certificate levels and determined to reach their target as quickly as they can.
We are very proud of our fit and motivated pupils and very impressed by their achievements.