‘Physical activity is any body movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than resting. Walking, running, dancing, swimming, yoga, and gardening are a few examples of physical activity.’ (NHS, 2014)
At Farsley Springbank we provide lots of opportunities for children to be physically active. Children have a good understanding, through teaching in PSHE and PE lessons, that being physically active contributes to living a healthy lifestyle. As well as taking part in PE lessons, we run a large number of extra-curricular activities that change termly based on the feedback from children. We match the extra-curricular clubs to their interests which encourages high participation rates. We also encourage children to walk, scoot or cycle to school and help them to understand that this also contributes to a healthy lifestyle. We have invested in racks for the children’s bikes and scooters and, such was the popularity, we have needed to fund even further equipment to cope with demand. At lunchtimes the children have access to a selection of sports equipment to encourage them to be active e.g. tennis rackets, hula hoops and space hoppers. There are also year 6 pupils (buddies) who set up games for pupils to get involved in.
We aim to ensure that there is an much variety as possible through our after school club offer. Whilst some clubs are based around sport, many are based around having fun whilst being physically active. The aim is to encourage children who may not as keen on competitive sport, to engage in physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.
We have run clubs such as yoga, Pilates, boxfit, rocky circuit, glo-stick dancing, ballet fitness and gardening which have been extremely popular with the children.
The Year 6 residential is a fantastic opportunity for the children to take part in physical activities which push the parameters of their confidence. OAA skills are the priority of the Robinwood centre that we visit and the benefits of their expertise and equipment mean that all children are accessing the very best experience available to them. Whether it be through climbing, caving, canoeing, zip wire, giant swing, knight’s quest or the infamous piranha pool the Year 6s are conquering fears in a safe learning environment which paves the way for their progression into High School. Each year we see children tackling challenges that they had never thought possible and this visible confidence boost, more often than not, can be the making of that child.
As well as all the opportunities above to be physically active, we hold many sporting events that are designed to encourage physical activity rather than sporting competition. All children participate in these events which promote being physically activity and enjoyment.
Children and parents run around the field collecting straws for every lap they complete.