Children continue to take part in a twice weekly 20 minute morning run to develop their fitness and make a positive impact on their physical, social, emotional and mental health. We are planning to build a running track using Sports Premium funding to enable this initiative to be an all year round routine. Please remember to send your child in with their running trainers everyday.
At The Russell, we understand that physical education is an important part of a child’s all-round development. PE lessons not only make for happy, healthy children; they also provide an opportunity to learn key life skills. They are designed to both stimulate and challenge our children. They are supported in the development of new skills and techniques and given the tools they need to succeed with competition. PE provides children with an opportunity to become independent learners and valuable team members. They learn to work together and develop an understanding of teamwork. PE lessons help them develop their own ideas and initiative, with older children often leading part of the session and showcasing their skills to younger pupils.
We offer the following team sports as part of our curriculum:
Dance and gymnastics are taught throughout the year.
Swimming (Years 1 to 6) is taught each week for the duration of the summer term and first half of the autumn term in our heated on site pool.
In addition to curriculum sport, we have an extensive list of sports clubs, which are run in the mornings and after school. Through these clubs children can further develop their skills or try out new sports such as futsal.
During the Early Years and Year 1, children learn basic core hand-eye skills to develop their co-ordination and spatial awareness. Core skills include throwing, catching and gymnastics. PE equipment is modified to complement ability and age levels. As the children move through the school, they are encouraged to participate in a team sport.
We believe it is important that every child has the opportunity to play sport competitively. Our school sports teams play against other local schools in tournaments and matches throughout the year. As members of the Schools' Partnership, there are a number of tournaments and festivals of sport that we attend in Three Rivers. Over the past few years, our teams have achieved impressive results in netball, football, athletics and tag rugby.
In September, we hold an annual Triathlon for Year 5 and 6 children to participate in as well as a whole school Sports Day in June. Sports day is a fantastic opportunity for parents to come along and see their children in action. Weather permitting, children and parents can join their children for a picnic during the lunch break on Sports Day and participate in the family races at the end of the event.