At Elmhurst Primary School, we aim to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport. We believe that curricular and extra-curricular sport plays a vital role in the development of children into active, well-rounded members of society. Through good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best and have a deep-rooted understanding of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. To ensure all children have access to high quality teaching, we employ specialist coaches to team teach with staff who need support or want to improve their own practice.
We listen to our children’s wants and needs and provide them with a range of after school sports clubs. We aim to provide those who excel in and show great enthusiasm for sport an opportunity to represent the school and compete against children from other schools and backgrounds. We take part in inter-school competitions arranged through our partnership with Langdon SSP. Our commitment to these competitions has earned us the SchoolGamesMark Gold Award for three years running, and we have won competitions and represented Newham at both football and cricket, whilst our cricket team has also been crowned London champions. We encourage our pupils to take pride in representing the school and expect them to show sportsmanship and dignity in victory or in defeat. We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes. We want our children to play sport outside of school and we do our best to encourage our families to do this through our links with local clubs such as West Ham Cricket Club and other partnerships within our community.
We aim to ensure that our delivery of curricular physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond. Our curriculum is broad and well-balanced, including competitive sport, team games, individual sports, and outdoor and adventurous activities. Children are expected to develop the ability to record, recognize and reflect on their own achievements. Dance and gymnastics are taught every year, as well as fitness and yoga lessons designed to show children how to exercise for wellbeing. Our curriculum is inclusive to all. We do not discriminate according to gender and ensure all children are given equal opportunities to partake in sport. We provide extra sessions tailored to those with Special Educational Needs, as well as ways to make whole-class PE lessons more accessible for these children.