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Hallgate Primary School


PE and Outdoor Learning

At Hallgate we are aiming to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum which inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It will provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.

Outdoor Learning


At Hallgate we have created an amazing outdoor learning environment on an area of our school field.  Children from all year groups enjoy experiences from across the curriculum including telling stories, cooking over small fires, hunting for invertebrates, making mud pies and exploring habitats.  The sessions develop the children's self-esteem, communication and social skills.


This half term Foundation 2 have worked together in Outdoor Learning.  We read the story of the Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and together created a giant stick man using construction blocks and sticks we found.  The children have made their own stick men which are hidden in Foundation woodland area.  All the children have helped to plant bulbs ready for Spring and soon will be taking part in an interactive senses hunt, looking for bugs, listening for birds and exploring different textures and smells outside.


Years 1/2 have been busy in the Outdoor Learning area.  The children have been tracking down materials and sorting them into wood, metal and plastic.  The children created giant alien art, using a variety of materials and textures.  They have learned to work together well and co-operate whilst ordering numbers in a giant game, they also joined in a giant memory game which was very tricky but the sun managed to shine.


Years 3/4 have got involved in their stone age topic.  Firstly they made shelters in the Outdoor Learning area, using the materials that they found outside.  Following on from this they are learning how to light their own fires using sticks, flint and steel and discovering this is harder than it looks!


Years 5/6 have been learning about ancient Greece and all three classes have successfully designed and constructed their own sundials using materials found outside.  Fortunately all three classes were blessed with sunshine just in time to check their sundials were working, with the help of the church clock.