At St. Helen’s we value the importance and benefits of regular physical activity and children’s participation in a diverse range of sports and activities, and understand how these activities can enrich a child’s physical, emotional and social wellbeing.
We promote this philosophy within our curriculum by demonstrating approaches to teaching and learning that offer children opportunities to partake in outdoor learning and Forest School activities. These enable the children to learn in a different context, to enjoy physical activities outside, to explore risk in a safe and supportive environment, and develop the skills of teamwork, resilience and perseverance which are necessary to achieve personal success.
We recognise that these qualities are essential in order to live a happy and fulfilling life, and can be further developed through our comprehensive P.E. provision. During their time at St. Helen’s children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 work with the ‘Leap into Life’ programme to develop muscle control, motor skills and accuracy. Once these skills have been mastered the children, during their time in Key Stage 2, progress to a wide range of sporting activities including athletics, dance, football, tennis, multiskills, hockey, gymnastics, dodgeball, quick cricket, rounders, cross-country. We place great importance on inclusion for all children, regardless of gender, background, SEN or physical disability.
With our beautiful location in a rural, coastal location we feel that is imperative that children leave St. Helen’s having gained the life-skill of being able to swim, and ensure that children in Key Stage 2 have regular blocks of swimming lessons at Torridge Pool.
We enjoy promoting ‘Healthy Living’ through a focus on healthy eating, healthy minds, nutrition, the importance of exercise and fitness.
We have carefully planned our programme of residential trips to offer children experiences which challenge and inspire personal improvement through fun and stimulating activities appropriate to their stage of development.
Our semi-rural location does mean that the cost of transporting children to and from sporting events and active curriculum activities held off-site can be a barrier. To overcome this, the school has been successful in obtaining grants from local charities to subsidise coach transport and/or the cost of the activities, and continues to work collaboratively with other schools , where appropriate, to ensure that best value is achieved for all children.