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Key Information - Physical Activity


Chalfont St Giles Village School’s physical activity programme contributes to the overall education of the children by helping them to lead full and active lives through participation in purposeful physical activities in school and in the wider community.


Promoting a physically active lifestyle is important because:


  • through its effects on mental health, physical activity can help increase students' capacity for learning.

  • physical activity has substantial health benefits for children and adolescents, including favourable effects on endurance capacity, muscular strength, body weight, and blood pressure.

  • positive experiences with physical activity at a young age help lay the basis for being regularly active throughout life.




  • To establish an "active school" ethos and environment which will increase activity levels and promote health within and outside the curriculum.

  • To promote physical development and develop physical competence.

  • To foster the need for physical fitness.

  • To establish self-esteem through the development of physical confidence.

  • To develop inter-personal qualities of commitment, fairness, enthusiasm and perseverance.

  • To inspire enjoyment, satisfaction and a desire to continue participation in physical activities after leaving our school.




The importance of physical activity is promoted through:


  • Regularly celebrating achievement and promoting activity in assemblies.

  • Walk on Wednesday and other walking initiatives.

  • Our newsletters which highlight sporting achievements.


The school supports the development of physical activity by:


  • Providing lunch-time supervisors with a wide range of appropriate resources.

  • Providing playground leadership training for Year 2 and 6 pupils and encouraging active participation in the scheme.


Physical activity during breaks and lunchtimes is enhanced by:


  • Making a range of equipment available to all pupils during lunch and break times.

  • Training playground leaders to encourage active participation.

  • Having appropriate and safe playground areas, which have innovative permanent markings which encourage and facilitate activity to all pupils.


The school:


  • Ensures that all pupils receive 2 hours curriculum time physical education each week.

  • Provides a physical education programme which is broad, balanced and fully inclusive, suiting the needs of all pupils.

  • Ensures that all pupils are aware of the need to exercise, the body changes during exercise and know how to warm-up and cool-down.


Physical activity is also promoted through:


  • Providing a diverse weekly programme of out of school hours (lunchtime and after school) activity clubs, which suits the needs of all pupils.

  • Providing a programme which offers an equal balance of competitive and non-competitive activities.