Physical Health and Well Being
Physical Health and Well-Being at Great Denham includes the following curriculum areas; PSHE, and P.E. as well as pupil voice and the well being of children and staff. Our Physical Health and Well Being team is led by Mrs Hardy ( P.E.) and also includes Miss Neale (SRE/Jigsaw), Mrs Allen ( mental health and well being) and Mrs Morey our School Business Manager.
P.E. is taught in two P.E. lessons a week either by the class teacher, our P.E. teacher or our Sports Coach, Mr Thompson. These P.E. lessons rotate over the year between games, gymnastics and dance. In addition to this children take part in the mile run twice a week as well as regular opportunities for short bursts of exercise such as one of the Body Coach workouts, Just Dance or '5 a day.' Dance is taught through the P.E. curriculum however it is also taught in addition through the project work where appropriate. For example, during a project on India, the children learnt Bollywood dancing. During the year all year groups have the opportunity to have some dance teaching from an external dance expert either in an enrichment day or through a block of lessons.
PSHE is taught through the 'Jigsaw' scheme of work in weekly 'lessons' with the class teacher. There are 6 units over the year, each of which is launched in an assembly at the beginning of term. There is also a song for the term for all the children to learn. PSHE lessons have a similar structure and include some 'calm time' as well as circle games and opportunities for reflection. Our SRE policy was agreed in September 2021 by governors following consultation with our a focus group of our local community in 2020. The policy can be found under our policies section of the website.
Well-being is a whole school focus in 2021-22 and we have set up a separate well being group consisting of several staff members who carry out different roles in the school, for example, teachers, teaching assistants, an HLTA, 1-1's and a member of the office team. Their role is to look at the well-being of staff and pupils and use pupil and staff voice to make any recommendations or changes.
The links below will take you to the skills grids for each area of the curriculum outlining the skills and objectives that will be taught in each year group.
P.E. is an area of the school curriculum that receives additional funding through the government 'Sports Premium' grant. If you would like to read more about how we spend this grant at Great Denham please click on the 'statutory information' section.