Clavering PESSPA Programme: developing a lifelong love of physical activity
‘Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire.
It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.’ (Nelson Mandela)
At Clavering Primary School, we want every Clavering child to be:
- competent and confident physically;
- competitive successfully; and
- committed to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.
COMPETENT AND CONFIDENT PHYSICALLY
The Clavering Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) Programme is part of a wider and established culture that promotes individual academic and sporting excellence. Our expectation is that every child will benefit from outstanding PE provision, leaving us physically competent and confident and achieving every Clavering assessment milestone for PE.
We take the Clavering PESSPA Programme very seriously, investing in it and seeing it as central to our school culture and ethos. A key reason why we invest in and value PE and school sport is the wider benefits we believe it brings in developing the ‘whole person’ and developing a ‘culture of success’.
Experience has shown that the values our pupils develop in PE and sport carry across into their academic work – commitment on the playing field is carried across into the exam room and beyond. These values include the Clavering Sports Values – determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork – which are at the heart of the Clavering PESSPA Programme. Our programme instils these values, along with the qualities of hard work, commitment, self-discipline and resilience. The aim is for these personal qualities to be applied in all aspects of school life, including in pupils’ academic studies, whilst having positive effects on behaviour and attendance.
At Clavering, staff members, governors, families and pupils understand that competitive sport isn’t an optional extra; it is a key component in building pupils’ self-esteem, confidence, the school ethos and academic excellence.
At Clavering, competitive sport is viewed as part of a broad curriculum. All pupils are expected to participate in intra-school sport competitions and the vast majority in inter-school sports competitions.
The drive to compete and excel in sport, encouraged throughout the school, helps to shape each pupil’s character, binds the school together as a whole, and reinforces the drive to compete and excel academically. As the mantra goes: schools that win on the field win in the exam hall.
We believe that children’s education is the poorer if they are deprived of the chance to compete. Children enjoy competition. It pushes them to do better and try harder. Of course, it also carries with it the risk of defeat, but how better to prepare pupils for the setbacks that life will inevitably throw at them? Not every child can or will go on to become a world champion, but every child will experience victories and defeats. And, certainly, every Clavering pupil deserves the opportunity to have their sporting passion identified and nurtured.
COMMITTED TO MAINTAINING A HEALTHY, ACTIVE LIFESTYLE
Clavering Primary School is committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of its pupils and staff through physical activity.
We strive to maximise opportunities for children and all associated with the school to be physically active by promoting all avenues for activity (not just in PE lessons and through competitive sport opportunities). This includes within our curriculum, within our extra-curricular offer, across our school environment and through links with the wider community.
Having consulted with families, pupils and staff, we launched our Clavering 30:30 Physical Activity Strategy in July 2017, with the aim of ensuring that every Clavering pupil is physically active for at least thirty minutes during every school day and that no Clavering pupil is sedentary for longer than thirty minutes during any school day. This is being achieved in a strategic, systematic and fun way that promotes both active breaks and active learning. Our get up, get active sessions provide daily opportunities to improve strength and fitness through a programme that we have designed ourselves that covers core, upper body and lower body strength as well as cardiovascular fitness.
Through what is provided at school and outside of school, our hope is that every Clavering child will meet the four UK Chief Medical Officers' physical activity guidelines* and will go on to continue to enjoy healthy, physically active lifestyles when they leave us.
Similarly, we are very proud of how the Clavering PESSPA Programme positively contributes to our pupils' mental health and wellbeing, as can be seen in our role as a Lead Health and Wellbeing School and through Clavering being selected as one of the founding members of the 'Well Schools' movement.
Most of all, we want the Clavering PESSPA Programme to help our children to develop into healthy, well-rounded and successful individuals with a lifelong love of and commitment to physical activity.
* UK Chief Medical Officers' physical activity guidelines:
- Under-fives: 180 minutes (three hours) each day, once a child is able to walk.
- Children and young people (5-18 year olds): 60 minutes and up to several hours every day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity. Three days a week should include vigorous intensity activities that strengthen muscle and bone.
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