Understanding Physical Health and Well-Being

PE, Sport and Swimming

At Briary we seek to develop both the skills and the attitude necessary to maximise children’s enjoyment of physical activity. We aim

  • To provide opportunity for enjoyable physical activity
  • To help develop physical confidence, competence and skill
  • To promote understanding and adoption of the values of fair play and honesty
  • To provide opportunities for co-operation
  • To promote the health and leisure benefits of exercise

Children take part in a programme designed with progression in mind, featuring all aspects of the PE curriculum. The study of gymnastics, dance and swimming is balanced with a wide range of competitive team games and athletics, many taught by our growing staff of specialist coaches.

Many children are able to put these skills and knowledge into practice as they represent the school in various sporting activities, such as football, netball, cricket, rugby and hockey. Briary has known a great deal of sporting success in the locality. Regardless of sporting ability, all children are encouraged to attend one of the many after-school clubs, which provide fun as well as opportunities for improvement. 

The school has impressive resources which help to enable this provision take place. Two large halls, two fields and plenty of hard surface area, give children the space to enjoy physical activity to the full. We even have Floodlights to enable us to keep going after dark in Winter! The School also benefits from close links with Canterbury City Council and Herne Bay High School, our sports partnership link.

PSHE – Personal, Social and Health Education

PSHE and citizenship PSE develops children’s awareness of themselves and their relationships with other people. Its goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly. Across the year each class teaches 6 different areas of PSHE:-

  • Me and making a positive contribution recycling, reusing and looking after the environments as well as caring for animals and learning about rules, laws and the Houses of Parliament.
  • Me and my healthy lifestyle – Through health education children are taught about the different food groups and the benefits of a balanced diet. As well as the need for regular exercise.
  • Me and feelings and relationships – learning empathy for others, how we express emotions and how we can learn to manage these feelings.
  • Me and keeping safe – general safety including road, rail, water, sun safety as well as internet and cyber safety.
  • Me and growing and changing – see below Sex and Relationships education.
  • Me and drugs and medicines – see below Drugs Education.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

SRE is taught as part of PSHE and Science. We teach children in all year groups about relationships as the basis for all other work in this area. In year 2 and 3, children learn about their bodies and the correct names for body parts. Puberty is taught, and reviewed when children have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about reproduction (year 6), following the viewing of a video specifically aimed at this age group. Parents are always welcomed to discuss our approach and programme with their child’s class teacher.

Drugs Education

Drug education is taught as part of PSHE and Science. The term “drugs” covers medicines, alcohol and tobacco, as well as illegal substances. Drugs education is taught in every year group, where we begin by talking about people who help us, people we can trust, and medicines. Our intention is to enable children to make well-informed decisions and have a bank of skills they can use in actual situation.

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