Itchen Abbas is a rural village on the River Itchen about 4 miles north of Winchester. Most people who live in the community were born in the UK and migration and immigration into the area are low. Therefore, the community does not have a high level of diversity and children are not typically exposed to diversity within their daily lives.
A small number of families new to the school are from Ukraine and are refugees.
At Itchen Abbas Primary school we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with the opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. The aim of our PE programme is to develop children’s basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundation for a lifelong love of sport, physical education and a healthy lifestyle.
PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills.
These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning. Our objects in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure all pupils:
- Develop competence to excel in a broad range of range physical activities.
- Are physically active for sustained periods of time.
- Engage in competitive sports and activities.
- Lead/ Promote healthy and active lives.
- Build self-esteem, confidence and resilience.
At Itchen Abbas Primary School, every child takes part in at least 2 hours of high quality PE and Sport every week, with the opportunity to extend this through a range of sports clubs each term.
Each class benefits from expert teaching from our in-house sports coach, Mr Robbins, who teaches each class across the week, as well as providing high quality CPD for teaching staff.
In Years 3 and 4, the children go swimming throughout the Spring term and learn the valuable skills of swimming and water rescue.