PE at Rook’s Nest Academy
At Rook’s Nest Academy our vision for Physical Education and Sport is that every child should have the opportunity to take part in physical activity on a regular basis and become more physically confident and competent. We hope that, through all the sporting opportunities and physical activity we offer, the children will potentially develop a love and passion for sport and continue this into their later lives.
We aim to provide the children with at 1-2 hours of fun, exciting and active PE lessons every week and where 2 hours is not possible provide other active lessons. We ensure children are healthy and active with at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day and by educating them on a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle.
At Rook’s Nest Academy, we also strive to give as many children as possible the opportunity to compete in a variety of competitions, during school time or by representing the school at local events. We hope that in doing so the children will develop greater confidence, team work and learn to win or lose with grace and sportsmanship. Due to Covid-19, the opportunity to represent the school has been less frequent so far this year when compared to previous years.
It is also of paramount importance that we create sporting leaders during the children’s time at Rook’s Nest Academy. We aim to offer lots of children the opportunity to lead sporting activities, organise games and events and learn to lead by example. By emphasising leadership, we hope the children learn the importance of communication, organisation, team work, resilience, perseverance and a respect for rules. Again, due to Covid-19, the opportunity for older pupils to lead younger pupils in sporting activities has been less frequent this year.
PE and Sport are a proud part of the Rook’s Nest Academy experience and we hope that this continues to grow in the future and prepare our children for life after Rook’s Nest Academy.
Please see the primary school sports funding section for more information about PE in our school.
What is the national 30/30 agenda relating to physical activity?
The Government Childhood Obesity Plan has set out the ambition for all children to achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day, with schools being responsible for delivering 30 of these active minutes and parents also being responsible for 30 active minutes.
Schools and parents / carers have a role to play in supporting children to move more throughout each day. The UK Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines provide recommendations on the frequency, intensity, duration and types of physical activity at different life stages, from early to later years. Benefits are accrued over time, but it is never too late to gain health benefits from taking up any amount of physical activity.
There is strong evidence that regular physical activity has numerous health benefits for children and young people. Benefits of physical activity include; strong bones and muscles, healthy heart, lungs and arteries, improved coordination, balance, posture and flexibility, as well as a reduced risk of becoming overweight or obese. Physical activity not only supports the physical health of a child, but it also promotes social and psychological wellness as well as cognitive function. Evidence also suggests it can boost cognitive function and engagement in academic learning!
Being more physically active is good for a child’s health, NOW and in the FUTURE!