Hawley is an active school that provides an inclusive P.E. curriculum as well as a range of extra-curricular activities to engage and challenge all children. Children look forward to their P.E. lessons and P.E. has a high status within our school community. We provide positive and exciting experiences that promote a lifetime of participation in physical activity and understand that this participation will promote positive mental wellbeing for our pupils throughout their lives.
Knowing that enjoyment is the driving principle for engagement in physical activity, we offer a curriculum based on our children’s needs and motivations. All children at Hawley take part in swimming lessons both Y2 and Y5 with the aim that all Hawley pupils will develop the life skill of being able to swim before they leave primary school. All children in KS1 and KS2 take part in the Daily Mile, ensuring that they are active every day.
Children in Reception, KS1 and KS2 have two PE lessons weekly. We use the PE scheme “Get Set 4 PE” to plan exciting PE activities with real progression. We have a curriculum map to ensure that games, gymnastics, dance and athletics are covered during each school year. We use our ring-fenced government sports grant to support the delivery and provision of P.E. The grant partially funds the work of our specialist sports coach who teaches P.E. to all classes in KS1 and KS2. Our coach also runs after school sports clubs at Hawley and organises sporting activities at lunchtimes twice a week.
In the nursery, outside continuous provision provides opportunities for children to develop their movement, balancing, riding (scooters, trikes, bikes) and ball skills. To meet the DFE requirement of 180 minutes of physical activity, at lunch time children engage in a range of movement sessions and, once settled, the children have a yoga session once a week.
We provide a wide range of extra-curricular physical activities including football, yoga, street dance, boxing and kayaking. We make links with other organisations, for example, Pirate Castle, Talacre and Castlehaven community centre to build opportunities for pupils in our local community.
We hold a Sports Day at Primrose Hill each July, which is a traditional, family event and we take part in events organised by the Camden School Sports Association such as the annual Cross Country on Hampstead Heath.
Our overarching aim is to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of all our pupils whilst they are at Hawley and throughout their entire lives.