Physical Education and School Sport play a prominent role in the life of Hatherleigh Primary School.
We follow the aims of the National Curriculum ensuring that children develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and ultimately lead healthy, active lives.
We address these aims in 5 different ways
Each class teacher delivers high quality PE lessons. A number of classes also receive lessons lead by a sport specialist from agencies outside of school. In this way we are able to provide quality expertise while at the same time keeping the class teacher at the heart of class provision. All year groups, save 5 and 6, go swimming once a week for a term (1/2 term for Chestnuts and Hawthorns). Interventions, such as Funfit, are run to address the needs of specific children.
Playtimes are very active with children free to play games of their choosing , often with a very active element involved. A number of meal time assistants take the role of play leaders while equipment is provided to encourage active play. Some of the older children are responsible for facilitating some of these games through caring for the equipment and organising impromptu games when required.
We offer a range of active after school clubs from traditional sports such as football, netball, hockey and cross-country to more skills based clubs such as multiskills to lifestyle based activities such as gardening and adventure club. We are always looking for ways to offer more clubs to the children and engage more children in physical activity. We also have close links to community clubs in Hatherleigh and Okehampton and sign post children to clubs they may wish to pursue out of school.
The school takes part in a number of competitive events with schools from across the area with the aim that every child should have the opportunity to represent the school at least once. Whilst we endeavour to be competitive, the focus of these events is to foster the core values of teamwork, respect, discipline, sportsmanship and enjoyment.
Being in a rural setting the outdoor environment is very important to the school life. Each class has access to the field and woodland area and these are used regularly, often regardless of the weather. The wider setting of Hatherleigh also plays a part with trips to the moor and the River Lew. The Year 4, 5 and 6 residentials all comprise outdoor activities with a good progression provided across each visit. Every July the whole school walk across the fields to a neighbouring village for a picnic. This event demonstrates to the children the adventures to be had just outside their front doors.