The school promotes the acquisition of skills in a range of physical activities, including athletics, swimming and outdoor pursuits, dance, games and gymnastics. Staff encourage children to enjoy all physical activities and to see the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Physical Education is a practical subject and teachers aim in their planning to ensure that the knowledge, skills and understanding essential to pupils’ progress and performance is embodied within all the activities that they are engaged in. Fitness, health and personal safety are important elements of the school’s programme and warm-ups prior to every lesson help pupils prepare appropriately for the different activities.
Each year the school is involved in a variety of competitive sports with other schools, both locally and sometimes regionally. Although competition beyond the school is important and aids collaborative teamwork as well as enabling pupils to recognise their own strengths and evaluate their performance, the school’s overriding aim is to help all its pupils enjoy being active and to encourage them to use their creativity and imagination in constructive and purposeful physical activity. Fair play and good sporting behaviour are considered by the school to be very important and are essential elements of the Physical Education Programme of Study for all pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Balgowan runs a wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities , dependent upon the time of year, which include in hockey, netball, football, rugby, cross-country, cricket ,korfball, gymnastic and athletics. The school has received the ‘Activemark’ from the DfE acknowledging its work in Physical Education.