PE and School Sport at Hawthorns  provides all children with the opportunity to develop their commitment to and understanding of a healthy, active lifestyle. PE is taught across school by a specialist PE teacher and Teaching Assistant.

PE is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. We adapt ideas from a range of schemes of work as the basis for planning in PE and use a variety of teaching and learning styles to ensure maximum physical activity within lessons.

Ash, Oak, Beech and Rowan classes have 2 sessions of PE a week . Willow Chestnut and Sycamore have 3 sessions, one of which is taught by our Tameside Sports Coach. All classes have more than the minimum requirement of 2 hours Physical activity a week. This includes active playtimes and lunchtimes .

Each class has a Sports Ambassador who is chosen as a role model for PE. They help the teacher and encourage others to demonstrate good sportsmanship.

Throughout the year all classes cover the following PE strands:

Dance – children have opportunities to express, explore and perform their ideas and responses to a variety of stimuli. A specialist dance coach teaches Street dance to KS2. Dance is often linked to a class topic.

Games – there is a skills-based emphasis for teaching games, with opportunities for individual practice, partner work, small group and team games. The Olympic legacy ideals and School Games values associated with fair play and sporting behaviour are encouraged at all times and rewarded as appropriate. Key Stage 2 Games are taught by a Tameside Active Sports coach.

Gymnastics – this is taught through a thematic approach for floor and apparatus work. Large apparatus is introduced to suit the ability of the children.

Swimming – all classes have two 6 week blocks of swimming each year. KS2 are also taught water safety. School staff support the children in the water.

Athletics – children learn basic skills of running, jumping and throwing. At Key Stage 2 children are introduced to measured performance aimed at self-improvement.

Outdoor and adventurous activities – At Key Stage 1 this may involve visiting local parks and sports facilities e.g. Ashton Cycle track, Gymnastics centre, orienteering on the field. At Key Stage 2  children have opportunities for cycling, indoor climbing, canoeing, local sports facilities and orienteering.

Adventure Days – each class participates in a minimum of 2 Adventure Days per term. This is usually a country walk with no cost other than transport. Classes may walk near reservoirs, along the canal, in country parks or country trails etc.

Sports Day – an annual fun whole school event in which children compete in mixed age teams.

Competition is encouraged within classes and across school. Many pupils take part in a range of tournaments and sports festivals with other schools. We regularly enter the Tameside Cheerleading Competition, The Greater Manchester Winter (Boccia/Curling)and Summer Games (Golf) as well as linking with other Special Schools for informal festivals. Our Hawthorns Celtic  school football teams  participate in a football league against other special schools based at Manchester City.

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