PE & Sport
We recognise how important our pupils' physical development and health is in their overall education.
During the early years and Key Stage 1, pupils will begin to develop fundamental movement skills through application within gymnastics, dance and games. They will engage in more competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of increasingly challenging situations. To enable pupils to extend their learning further, we also offer opportunities in athletics and outdoor adventure.
As they move into Key Stage 2, pupils will continue to develop and apply a broad range of skills within those areas previously taught. In addition, they will learn and apply new skills within cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis. Pupils will learn how to implement skills in different ways, linking them to make actions and movement. They will develop an enjoyment of communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. Pupils will also learn how to evaluate and recognise their own successes and that of others.
During Key Stage 2, children will have the opportunity to learn how to swim competently through being taught a range of strokes including front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. They will be taught the importance of self-rescue and safety around water.
Each class has two hours of PE every week, which includes one session in the hall (dance or gymnastics) and, weather permitting, one session outside (such as games or athletics). Coaches and professional sports players are invited in to share their expertise. Key Stage 2 pupils also experience Outdoor and Adventure Activities through our residential visits. Years 3, 4, and 5 pupils do seven week blocks of swimming per year where they aim to complete the National Curriculum Award. Year 6 pupils only go swimming if they have yet to complete this.
We also offer a range of after school sports clubs offered, such as football, tag-rugby, Kwik Cricket, gymnastics and multi-skills. Our pupils are very competitive and we regularly compete in matches and tournaments against other local teams in football, athletics and swimming for example. We have our annual Sports Day for Infants and for Key Stage 2 pupils in the summer term. Parents are encouraged to come and cheer the children on!
GHF uses the REAL PE and REAL GYM schemes of work which support and help to develop the whole child. All our teachers have received training alongside a REAL PE and a REAL GYM instructor. This is a fundamental skills development approach devised by Create Development. It not only focuses on the physical development of the child, but also on their social, cognitive, personal development and health and fitness.
The REAL PE Initiative - Giving all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life.
The REAL PE programme is fully aligned to the National Curriculum and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique and market leading approach to teaching and learning in PE.
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At GHF, all pupils take part in swimming lessons during Key Stage 2. Swimming is a requirement of the National Curriculum and our aim is to ensure all pupils meet curriculum requirements by the end of Year 5. Pupils will be taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Swimming takes place each Monday at the Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham, where pupils will receive swimming tuition by their qualified swimming instructors. Pupils are required to wear appropriate swimwear, a swim hat and they need a towel in a separate bag to their normal school bag. Please note that The Meres Leisure Centre does not permit earring or other jewellery to be worn in the swimming pool.
The timetable for the 2021/2022 school year is as follows:
- Adventurers JS from Monday 13th September
- Adventurers WD from Monday 22nd November
- Adventurers ES from Monday 28th February
While school meets the swimming pool costs and the cost of swimming instructors, we ask parents for a voluntary contribution to meet the cost of coach travel to and from the pool.