We promote healthy and active lifestyles, encourage participation and sportsmanship, team spirit and celebrate sporting achievements. We are fortunate to have marvellous outdoor facilities with a large playing field and we make the most of this outdoor space.
All pupils receive 2 hours of good quality PE lessons each week. In addition, there are many extra-curricular clubs and opportunities to take part in various tournaments throughout the year. (Please keep an eye on newsletters to see upcoming events and results.)
We hold an annual summer sports day with inter-house competitive races. It is a hugely enjoyable event attended by parents and governors.
All children have the opportunity to learn to swim in order to reach national curriculum expectations of swimming 25m unaided. Children will learn in Year 4 and lessons will take place once a week at the Harpenden Leisure Centre when it reopens in 2021.
We offer Bikeability cycling proficiency course for our Year 5 children.
We take part in Harpenden District Sports events and tournaments throughout the year which include cross-country, tag rugby, football (incl. the newly formed girls football league), netball, chess, rounders, hockey, Kwik cricket festival and the district athletics event.
We are part of the local small schools’ league competing for the district Bonner Cup each year. (The Bonner Cup is open to small schools and awarded to those winning the most points over all sports throughout the year, recognising the smaller pool of athletic talent they have to draw on.) We also compete for the Woodward Cup, which is open to all Harpenden schools regardless of size.
Sports Silver Award
The Lea has been awarded the silver award for the Sainsbury’s sponsored ‘School Games’ awards. This is given to schools in relation to the variety and amount of sports provided to pupils throughout the school year.
It looks at the availability of extra curricula activities offered to all year groups and the leadership opportunities give in sports related roles. We, as a school, understand the importance of being active as part of a healthy lifestyle, and strongly encourage exercise for our pupils during the school week.
We are extremely pleased that this award acknowledges our school ethos.
School Sports funding is specific money put into primary schools by the government to improve PE for every child. The Government is investing £150 million on this funding each year until 2020, with the vision that ‘all pupils leave primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport’. This money is ring-fenced, to be spent only on provision of PE and sport in schools.
For the 2018/19 academic year The Lea has been given £17,760. We have a PE and Sport Premium strategy in place to ensure this money is well spent and achieves the best impact on our children’s physical education.
Our aims are to:
- increase engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
- raise the profile of PE and sport across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
- raise standards of PE teaching through increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- widen the opportunities for pupils to experience a range of sports and activities at school
- increase the levels of participation in competitive sport