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 during 2015, 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 academic year 2016 we focused on the further development of cricket and athletics. As the new academic year 2017 /18 commences KS1 children will be enjoying multi-skills and KS2 children netball. Our PE sessions are led by specialist coaches, funded through the School PE Grant.

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. The cross country event is now embedded in our school year as an annual sporting fixture, with the next event taking place on Friday 9th February 2018…. training commences in earnest early in the New Year.

Swimming
We were delighted that in January 2017 our team came a very close third in the Bath Small Schools’ Swimming Gala, having held the trophy for two consecutive years.

In conjunction with Pentathlon GB, several of our junior children compete in the annual Prior Park Schools’ Biathlon, which enables children to qualify for the British Schools’ Biathlon Championships. A relay team from Freshford competed 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, multi-sports, football, netball and tennis.

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.