At Linton Mead we believe that physical education and sport have a vital role in developing a child in preparation for a successful and happy life. We believe that physical education helps to increase a child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. Physical education and sport are important in giving a child the knowledge, understanding and the tools to make a positive impact on their own health and well-being. We aim to offer a broad, rich and engaging curriculum delivering a variety of high quality activities to enhance a child’s knowledge and skills in physical education. Positive and inclusive participation in physical education will also enable a child to build upon self-esteem, team work, resilience, as well as positive values and attitudes in physical education and across the curriculum.
In physical education, beginning in Early Years with ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ and ‘Physical Development’ we teach the children a variety of skills. Throughout a child’s time at Linton Mead, the children will have the opportunity to experience many sports. Swimming is an important part of the curriculum and children in year 4 begin to take lessons to increase their confidence and skills; by the end of Year 6, children are aiming to swim at least 25 metres proficiently and confidently as well as being able to perform a safe self-rescue in different water-based situations .
In addition to teaching the children the vital physical skills, we expose the children to the values of sportsmanship and leadership skills. Children will have the opportunity to take part in competitive sport through year group competitions which are held at the end of each unit and Sports Day. Some children will also have the opportunity to represent the school in sports competitions and matches with other local schools such as Multisports, Netball or Football. Throughout the school year, the children will also have the opportunity to engage with visitors to develop their skills and knowledge. These experiences include: taking part in afterschool sport clubs such as Multisports, Chess, Yoga, Badminton and Archery, meeting famous athletes and being able to ask them questions.
How can you support your child to become physically active at home
Access the following links which include free activities for children to complete at home: