PE at Gade Valley Primary School
Gade Valley is proud to be an active school that provides an inclusive P.E. curriculum as well as a range of extra-curricular activities. We offer a wide (and changing) range of sports for the children to participate in, which help children to understand the importance of an active lifestyle (and associated health benefits) and increase their overall participation in Dacorum events. Children develop a range of physical skills as well as learn traditional team sports such as netball or tag rugby.
We use our sports premium grant to support the delivery and provision of P.E. and sport. The grant partially funds the work of our PE apprentice, Abi Layman, who helps boost the impact and quality of PE lessons to all classes from Nursery to Year 6.
At Gade Valley we network and exploit opportunities beyond the school, for example, Saracens Rugby, Chance to Shine Cricket or PE specialists at the Laureate Academy.
We actively encourage physical activity, this can be seen through active playtimes where all Year 5 children are trained to deliver Huff and Puff activities to KS1 children at lunchtime. In addition, the school has trained sports ambassadors in Year 6 who promote activity, especially at lunchtimes. Last year, Gade Valley was awarded a National Lottery grant to fund an all-weather running track around the field. This is used by every class, every day to do our own version of the daily mile which we call ‘Track Time’. Already this has shown to boost fitness and concentration amongst pupils.
During the summer (every year), all pupils have swimming instruction from Reception to Year 6 in our very own outdoor pool. On average, EYFS class has 30 mins per week for 7 weeks, KS1 classes have 60 minutes per week for 7 weeks and KS2 classes have 90 minutes every week for 7 weeks. The exception to this is Year 6, who has 120 minutes of swimming every week for 7 weeks. The children follow the ASA school swimming program, which develops water confidence, swimming technique and swimming stamina.
We enter a girls and boys team into both the Dacorum Schools football leagues and often do very well, considering we are a one form entry school.