This year at Bassetts, children have experienced a wide range of activities that promote health and wellbeing.
As a school, we ensure all children undertake moderate to high intensity exercise daily: each class receives two hours of structured physical education per week, as well as ‘Activ8’ sessions, which are short eight minute bursts of the fundamental skills taught through our ‘Real PE’ scheme of work.
Real PE was successfully introduced this year, which has helped all children develop core skills, and in doing so develop confidence to challenge themselves further. In order to provide children with a rich curriculum, each Key Stage Two class received a half-term of expert tuition from Premier Sports: Hockey in Year Six; Tag Rugby in Year Five; Athletics in Year Four; and Gymnastics in Year Three.
Children have been fully inspired by the expert tuition provided by Premier Sport, so as a result, they also provided each class across the school with a half-term of enrichment activities during lunchtimes; these included dodgeball, archery tag and handball - just to name a few.
As well as our active lunchtimes, Mrs Davies, our dance and movement specialist, delivered ‘FUNFIT’ sessions before school begins. These sessions promoted physical well-being in a fun, yet very active environment, specially designed to boost self-confidence and therefore help children positively approach the day ahead.
Mrs Davies also delivered after-school clubs: Buzz Fit – high intensity that uses challenging games to promote active lifestyles; and dance clubs for Reception up to Year Six. Bassetts is renowned for the array of clubs it offers. Thanks to the commitment of teachers, teaching assistants, parents and outside agencies, children throughout the school always have plenty to choose from.
Our full programme of activities doesn’t go unnoticed. Bassetts always competes well at local and regional competitions. This year, children from across Key Stages One and Two have represented us in football, girls’ football, netball, Quicksticks Hockey, Sportshall Athletics, Quad Kids , Inclusion Games, rounders, cross-country, gymnastics, tag rugby and tennis. Our school is always well represented with up to four teams participating per event. Key highlights this year include Year Three and Four winning the Exmouth friendly gymnastics and Year Five and Six retaining the East Devon Quad Kids title.