Glasshouses school Physical Education
The children are taught three areas of activity in Key Stage 1 (games, gymnastics and dance) and six areas in Key Stage 2 which include the same activities and in addition, outdoor and adventurous activities, athletics and swimming.
The school hall provides a large area for floor work and for the use of small apparatus. The playground and school field provide larger spaces for ball games and other sporting activities.
Glasshouses School has year round use of the cricket pitch and pavilion. We can host larger sporting competitions and sports day here. It is well used during the teaching and learning of striking and fielding games such as rounders.
As a school we never underestimate the need to keep our children safe.
We have made a conscience decision to teach all our pupils to swim. Children from reception to year six enjoy a full term of swimming lessons at Nidderdale pool. We are reaping the rewards of teaching children to swim as we have won many medals both team and individual at the Nidderdale schools swimming galas.
Boys and girls have the opportunity to take part in sporting activities involving other schools. The school is a member of the Harrogate Sports Partnership which provides opportunities for the children to take part in a range of sporting activities with children from local schools.
At the end of the summer term we hold a whole school Sports Day where we welcome parents and grandparents to come and watch the children take part in lots of fun and sporty activities. The children in Year 5 and Year 6 attend an Outdoor Education Centre for a 3-day residential which includes activities such as canoeing, abseiling and rock climbing.
Glasshouses school is passionate about the outdoors. As a whole school we relish every opportunity to take learning outside. Every child in the school has access to Forest schools through the year. All our sessions are delivered by a fully trained Forest schools practitioner.
During these sessions children learn about our local area and the wider world, the natural environment including flora fauna and entomology (bugs, insects and creepy crawlies!) We learn how to use natural things to create art, dens, wildlife reserves (okay bug hotels, bird feeders and hedgehog hibernation houses…if you build it they will come) We use local woodland as well as the school grounds to practice our skills including lighting fires, yes fires! We have also as a whole school mastered the art of toasting marshmallows and brewing hot chocolate! As a result of our Forest school lessons we have a gardening club where we are growing vegetables for us and flowers for the insects.