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Samuel Laycock School

Physical & Outdoor Education

We have chosen to follow Programmes of Study in the following areas of activity: Games, Gymnastics, Athletics, Outdoor Adventure and Swimming.

The areas of activity are split into modules of work usually lasting six weeks.  At the end of each module a record of achievement is given to the student.  As far as possible, we access the National Curriculum as near to the relevant Key Stage as we can. It is probably true to say that our students find planning and evaluating much harder than performing the activities themselves.

As part of our policy to give the opportunity to experience competition at the appropriate Level, we use modified versions of the major games, with simpler rules and small sided versions.  Coaches come into school to work with students in their specialist area.

Many opportunities exist to become involved in out of school sport, although parental support is vital.  If you are interested in this area, please contact the school.  We have links with outside clubs such as Curzon Ashton Football Club, East Cheshire Harriers, Hyde and Denton St Lawrence Cricket Clubs.  We also link with Manchester United Foundation and Manchester City in the Community.  All visiting coaches and clubs we send children to have been checked in accordance with the DBS scheme.

We have started to develop our own Sports Leaders who help Primary School students.

We also organise Outdoor Education experiences using the Peak District National Park.  We also visit the ‘Simply Cycling’ group at Wythenshawe Park, which then allows families experience this valuable resource during school holidays and at weekends.