Keeping Fit and Healthy
We believe that a healthy heart leads to a healthy mind, which is why we value health and well being for everyone who attends BWIS.
A few years ago, we looked at what having a 'lifelong love of sport' really meant to our school. The government gave extra funding to create this and we really had to think what this would look like for our learners. In class we taught our learning values; independence, interdependence, creativity, spirituality, thinking and emotional intelligence. Our school ethos values promoted Belonging, Aspiration, Determination, Goodness, Excellence and Respect. We felt a Lifelong Love of Sport would encompass both our learning and our ethos.
We looked at team games as our way in. Previously team games happened in certain terms. Yet many of our children said that team games was the one thing they enjoyed the most during our special sports week. We decided to take this further. All our staff were skilled up by working alongside an Advanced Skills Teacher from Hampshire. We looked at what sport would suit our children; where could we build resilience, how could we develop respect and sportsmanship?
Following initial training, our staff continue to build on the strengths each year. Children encourage each other to do well. They help when somebody needs help. They recognise that everybody has different strengths and working as a team is essential to team sports.
The knock on effect was immediate. Children gained confidence. They changed the way they played during their breaks, recognising each other's strengths. It has been extremely successful, and many of our children attend teams and activities outside classes.