Activity and Attainment

March 2018

The drive to get the children active through sport, P.E. and Adventurous Activities is well underway.

The whole school now takes part in “The Golden Mile” daily, where the children can walk, hop, skip or run around a course for 10 minutes, (they are not expected to complete a whole mile daily). The distances are logged online and soon mount up. Already I am preparing to award our first 10 Mile Certificates. Most heartening is the enthusiasm which the children have expressed in this initiative despite a chilly March!

 

I am delighted that seven children qualified for their National Indoor Climbing Award Level 1 this term. It is designed to be achievable by any climber with the right attitude for learning a range of climbing skills. This was a challenging experience and required hard work throughout the course.

Fir Class made good progress over 3 weeks on consecutive visits to RockUp in Whiteley, where they worked at building confidence and determination.

The majority of the school has the opportunity to go horse-riding, and it has been incredibly popular, and I have been very impressed with the children’s attitude to these large animals, and their clear enjoyment in riding them. While waiting to ride, the “tours” around the tunnels of Fort Widley – sometimes in darkness- have also thrilled the children.

Swimming certificates have been awarded for progress in line with “Swim England” requirements this term, and the new aerobic “Fit Club” extra PE sessions are proving popular. These will be developed to incorporate ranges of skills as the weather warms up.

Next term, we have Bikeability visiting the school to train children to get out on bicycles safely. There are also plans for the children to enjoy sessions Stand-up Paddle boarding and Kayaking.

There will be a “Healthy Eating” week in school, and classes are visiting Tesco Fareham as a part of their “Farm to Fork” healthy food initiative.

Our newly reinstated football pitch will host inter-school matches, and my thoughts are turning to Heathfield School Sports Day 2018.

In all, the philosophy of healthy and active bodies leading to healthy and active minds is becoming embedded within the curriculum, and the children are certainly appreciating the opportunities on offer at Heathfield School.

January 2018

It is becoming clear that there is a strong association between being physically active, and achieving well in school. Physical health leads to better attention, emotional health and wellbeing. As a result of this, at Heathfield we are keen to further enhance the opportunities for P.E. and Games throughout the School, and broaden the range of outdoor adventurous activities for all of the children that would benefit from the experience.

We are not far into the Spring Term, but already Groups of children have been to Woodmill Outdoor Centre for the challenge of rock climbing, taught by instructors and following the NICAS climbing syllabus.

     

Fir Class have completed two of three trips to “Rock Up” at Whiteley and have made considerable gains in height climbed and confidence.

All classes will have the opportunity to ride at the Equestrian Centre at Fort Widley this term and shortly after the Easter Holidays, and for the Summer Term, I am in the process of arranging a watersports package which should see the children out on the water under sail in craft tailored to their individual needs. There may also be opportunities for raft-building, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, high ropes and archery, all under the usual high standards of care, safety and instruction.

I have arranged for Bikability to come to the School in May to train Ash and Chestnut classes in safe and confident cycling.

In school, we are introducing “The Golden Mile” which gives children the opportunity to get outdoors and active before the classroom learning begins, and there will be enhanced P.E. sessions targeting specific skills and needs.

The football pitch is being remarked for P.E. and lunchtime sessions, and Sports Day is going to make a welcome return this year.

We also remain committed to the residential course of adventurous activities at Fairthorne Manor at the end of the Summer Term for our Year 6 children.

I anticipate an even more active and healthy school of children by the time we reach the Summer Holidays!

Gareth Case.

Attainment and Activity Coordinator.