At Rhyl, we firmly believe in active and healthy lifestyles playing a huge role to support the learning and development of the whole child. We therefore put a great emphasis on Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sports.
All classes in KS1 and KS2 have two, one hour timetabled PE lessons per week. One lesson is taught by the class teacher and one lesson is taught by our permanent PE coach. We follow a curriculum which outlines what area of PE is to be taught each half term, these include; Gymnastics, Invasion Games, Dance and Athletics. The two lessons cover two different areas of the curriculum. For example, a year group might be learning invasion games through basketball for one lesson and dance for the other.
Year 4 follow the Camden model of swimming lessons consisting of a 2-week intensive block of 1-hour swimming per day which equates to 10 hours of swimming.
We have an excellent partnership with Arsenal Football Club who deliver curriculum lessons alongside our teaching staff to support professional development. We also work with Arsenal to improve the wellbeing of children both in the classroom through literacy support and outside the classroom through targeted lunch time clubs.
Year 3 partner with The Place who run a successful dance program which results in a yearly performance at the Place Theatre. The Place also provide a weekly dance after school club.
We offer additional physical activity in curriculum time through ‘Break a Sweat’ days where children take part in additional cardiovascular activity such as cross country and Zumba. We are very keen on skipping at Rhyl and we regularly take part in National Skipping events. As part of mental health week we have daily wake and shakes in the playground along with further physical activity. Our daily Breakfast Club also caters for physical activity which is led by our PE coach. We provide a lunchtimes sports club, football games led by a Sports Coach as well as a range of equipment and games led by our lunchtime Supervisors in the playground.
We provide lots of opportunities for our pupils to engage with sports through free after school clubs such as football, multi sports fitness and dance. We enter both a boys and girls football team into the Camden Football League every year and take part in many other Camden competitions including Sport for All events and the Camden Inclusive Sports programme.