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Lakenham Primary and Nursery School

Physical Education

Our children do really well in Physical Education as we believe that PE and games are an integral part of a child’s development. We provide a well-balanced programme of physical education through gymnastics, games, dance, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities (including residential trips) and swimming. Throughout the year, the children have access to professional coaches, including a national gymnastics coach, county cricket coach and dance instructor, all of whom are able to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children within the areas they are teaching.

This area of the curriculum fosters a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle, promotes co-ordination and body control, and participating in all physical education activities helps children to develop self-esteem and interpersonal skills.

Our children are able to compete in sports from a young age, and the school regularly makes county finals. However, the children are always taught it isn’t just about winning, but also showing that they can show perseverance, co-operation, humility and determination.

Exemption from PE and swimming lessons is only permissible on medical grounds that have been discussed with the school’s senior leaders. Children are expected to be dressed appropriately for PE, especially in winter where dark-coloured (preferably black) tracksuit trousers are to be worn.

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