Physical Education plays an important role at Offord Primary School, contributing to children’s well-being, confidence and self-esteem. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation. We also know that physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression). Children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement. Therefore, we aim to ensure that children are given every opportunity to lead active lives.
Children have two P.E. lessons a week - one taught by a specialist sports coaches and the second by the class teacher. Our large field, playground and school hall facilitates the children’s P.E. lessons. KS2 children also have 6 weeks of swimming lessons at a local swimming pool each year. Throughout the year, we encourage our pupils to participate in a variety of sporting activities. Offord Primary has often been very successful when participating in sporting competitions organised by HSSP (Hunts School Sports Partnership). As members of the Youth Sport Trust, the children at Offord Primary are very lucky to encounter many unique and valuable sporting experiences, including the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon and visits from professional athlete mentors. We also provide children with the opportunity to participate in sport at lunch time and after school clubs lead by specialist coaches.
The overarching aim of the PE curriculum at Offord Primary School is to inspire all pupils to succeed, excel and enjoy physical activities and lead healthy lives.