Our intent at Morley Victoria, in regard to physical activity, is to enable a school-wide, active culture that creates improved physical and emotional wellbeing for all our children. We want our pupils to not only leave our school with the knowledge of how to lead physically active and healthy lifestyles, but the desire to want to as well. Through our investors in pupil’s framework, we already promote and challenge our children to develop the growth mind set and determination required to make a positive contribution to society as great British citizens with the best moral compass. We would love nothing more than to build upon this with an active culture that creates improved physical and emotional wellbeing for all our children and their families.
Within our timetables, we work hard to allow times throughout the weeks for active breaks and outdoor learning. Our active breaks are short, energetic sessions, that last 20 minutes, that not only build upon the skills taught through our P.E lessons but allow the children to take a break from their learning and to refocus themselves for the following lessons. When the weather permits, our active breaks are undertaken outdoors however we are more than happy to use the space in both our hall and classrooms when the need arises. We are also working tirelessly to create opportunities for outdoor learning. Our teachers aim to plan weekly sessions outdoors (again weather dependant!) that tie in with our national curriculum objectives.
We are constantly working on improving and bettering our playgrounds to ensure that they remain as active as possible. Working closely with our school council, we have developed daily, differentiated activities at both break and lunchtimes that the children can engage with. These vary from teacher led ‘Active8’ fitness classes at break times to our daily lunch time activities, for both KS1 and KS2, which are currently being led by members of staff or through one of our PE Partner coaches. We are in the midst of training twenty Year 5 pupils to become our designated Sports Leaders with the hope that at some point within the 2019/20 academic year, they will be able to take over and lead these lunch time activities. This is something we will be looking to continue throughout the next few years at Morley Victoria so that every year group, once they reach Year 5, will have the opportunity to lead from the front in promoting our health legacy.