Healthy Mind and Body

We are committed to developing the whole child, emotionally, spiritually and through healthier living and learning and consequently we offer a range of physical activities throughout the school day to encourage an active lifestyle.

Physical Education
Having focused on REAL PE last year, which focused on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning, with a significant amount of work on strengthening the core muscle groups, during the Spring and Summer 2016 we shall be focusing on the further development of cricket and athletics. Our PE sessions are led by specialist coaches, funded through the School PE Grant.

All classes participate in Five a Day / Agility, Balance, Co-ordination (ABC) sessions at the start of the day to ensure that children benefit from at least a five minute exercise session which, has been found through many pieces of research, prepares them well for learning during the school day.

In Term 3 2015 , inspired by parent and Olympic pentathlete Kate Allenby, we introduced our first highly successful cross country competition for all KS2 children. Inspired by this, our KS1 children participated in a sponsored fun run in Term 2 2016 raising £800 for Sports Relief.

Swimming
Children in Yrs. 3 and 4 who are unable to swim the statutory 25m distance required by the end of KS2, attend weekly swimming sessions at Clarendon Pool and many of our older children participate in the Bath Schools Swimming Fiesta competition. We were delighted that in January 2016 the team retained the competition’s trophy for the third consecutive year.

A relay team from Freshford will be competing in the 2016 English Schools’ Swimming Association gala at Millfied School.

Bath & North East Somerset School Sports Partnership
The children benefit from blocks of coaching in a wide range of sports and throughout the year we participate in a range of Sports Festivals at Ralph Allen School. Support is provided by some of the older Ralph Allen children and is an opportunity for our children to work alongside some of Freshford’s former pupils.

West of England Sports Trust (WESPORT)
The school frequently participates in WESPORT inter-school sports competitions, with KS2 children participating in a number of sports fixtures, including netball, football, tag rugby and cross country.

After school sports / dance activities
A range of after-school activity clubs, run by fully qualified coaches, includes cricket, football, netball and tennis and flamenco.

Children’s cooking
We believe that learning how to prepare, cook and appreciate a wide range of dishes, originating from countries around the world, is an invaluable skill for leading a healthy lifestyle. Every child at Freshford School participates in small group cookery sessions in Peter’s Kitchen throughout the school year.

Learning Outside the Classroom
A great deal of our learning takes place outside the classroom, with children frequently being in evidence around the school site engaged in creative play and a range of curriculum based learning activities.