At East Farleigh, we believe that physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development. Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others. Through sport and other physical activities our children will learn about their responsibilities both as individuals and members of groups and teams; they will learn to cooperate and to compete fairly, understanding their own and other’s roles. We support and facilitate the develop of these key qualities through:
- Following a broad and balanced PE curriculum fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum.
- Ensuring every child moving on to secondary school can swim 25m and has basic water skills.
- Developing the fitness of the individual, by ensuring a good pace in lessons and incorporating fitness activities into physical education lessons as appropriate.
- Integrating, where possible, into other curriculum areas. Eg, use of athletics data in maths & ICT.
- Developing programmes that meet the needs of all the children, providing equal opportunities.
- Making allowances for children with disabilities and medical conditions, taking into account children with special needs, through modified classroom programmes.
- Involving the community where possible - e.g. Sports Day, clubs, intra/ inter-school matches, outside coaching personnel and resources.
- Provide enjoyable experiences, where positive attitudes of sensitivity, leadership, co-operation, competition and tolerance may develop.
We actively encourage our pupils to compete in a range of competitions, sports festivals and local cluster fixtures that are organised at regular intervals, during the appropriate season, throughout the school year. In addition to the large variety of physical activity within the curriculum, we also offer a range of after school and lunchtime clubs such as Netball, Basketball, Tag Rugby, Football, Speed Stacking, Hockey and Athletics.
The Daily Mile
The Daily Mile is an initiative which was started in February 2012 by Elaine Wyllie, who was then headteacher of a large Scottish primary school. She was concerned by the children’s obvious lack of fitness and went on to prove The Daily Mile to be both sustainable and effective in combatting inactivity and obesity in her school. The result was that, in November 2015, the Scottish Government wrote to every Scottish primary school to recommend that they implement the scheme too. In addition, in August 2016 the UK government’s Childhood Obesity strategy identified and supported The Daily Mile’s contribution towards the recommended hour that children should spend taking daily exercise in school.
The Daily Mile is very simple to start in a school. Every child in a school or nursery goes out each day in the fresh air to (run or jog at their own pace for 15 minutes). It is not competitive though some will compete and that is fine. Most children will average a mile in the 15 minutes, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but physical activity in a social setting which is aimed at improving the children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health, and wellbeing. The children run in their ordinary school clothes with trainers being ideal but not essential. It can help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment. And most importantly, the children really enjoy it.
Does running a mile really make a difference?
What's the logic of reducing children’s lesson time by 15 minutes each day; surely they could find ways of being more active at other times?
According to a consensus statement released by Williams and 23 other child-health experts in 2016: “Time taken away from lessons for physical activity is time well spent and does not come at the cost of getting good grades. Physical activity has been found to boost young people’s brain development and function, as well as their intellect.” Indeed, in a previous study, Brooks found that a single bout of exercise left children feeling more awake, increased their attention and verbal memory and improved their feelings of wellbeing.
More information on the benefits of the initiative can be found on the following article:
Did you know... the perimeter of our playing field is 1609.34 metres?
That means children have to run almost four and a half laps to complete their daily mile... phew!
Tournaments and Fixtures
THE RICHARD CUP 2018
The year 6 football team attended a small tournament held at Greenfields Primary. They played their best yet gaining 3rd place.
Key Stage 1 Football
Congratulations to our KS1 football team who came 3rd in their first football tournament.
Congratulations to our KS2 girls football team who came 3rd in the Gallagher Stadium tournament.
Cross Country @ Greenfields
A comment from an East Farleigh Parent:
"My child took part in the Cross Country at Greenfields this afternoon and I wanted to say how lovely the pupils were, the team spirit and encouragement they give each other is endearing, they may not be the fastest or have all the kit, but they show true sportsmanship and they each gave it their best shot."
We are so proud of our children at East Farleigh - what fantastic ambassadors to our school.
Well done everyone!
Mr Rivers :-)
Cross Country 14th February 2019
Here are some more photos from the Cross Country held at Greenfields.
Netball match 13th February 2019
Here are some more photos from the netball match against Westborough. Well played girls. :-)