Physical Activity is very important at Bonner. Our aim is that all children are active for 4 hours per week. All classes aim to have at least 2 hours of PE per week and access to physical activity at breaktimes, Golden Time, Enrichment, “Fit in 5” and our many after-school clubs and competitions.
Bonner was lucky enough to receive substantial funding for our cycling scheme. We have a large number of school bicycles and run Bikeability courses for children, staff and parents. Courses range from complete beginner through to Level 3, which is for complex road junctions. We encourage families to cycle together and children to cycle or walk to school. We also have our very own Dr Bike, who can help you get your bike fully roadworthy!
Children are expected to change for PE in all year groups. PE kit can be purchased from the school office but alternatives are accepted. Bonner PE kit colours are a plain white top and black shorts or trousers. Hair must be tied back and no jewellery worn. For gymnastics, headscarves should be removed.
For Gym and Dance: shorts or close-fitting black tracksuit trousers/leggings and white t-shirt.
For Outdoor Games: black tracksuit trousers, trainers and white t-shirt.
For Swimming: swimming costume (girls) or swimming trunks (boys), towel, swimming hat, goggles if desired. Children swim in Years 4,5 and 6 for both swimming club and curriculum swimming.
There are three main strands in PE: Games, Gymnastics and Dance.
Time is also given to Outdoor and Adventurous Activities and to Swimming.
A great deal of emphasis is placed upon establishing the ABCs – agility, balance and coordination.
Games take up roughly half the timetable and are divided into three main areas: Invasion games (such as Football and Hockey), Striking and Fielding Games (such as Cricket and Rounders) and Net and Wall games (such as Tennis and Badminton). Children are expected to learn about all three types of games during each school year.
Gymnastics takes up about a quarter of the timetable. The focus is on flexibility and confidence with a variety of manoeuvres, sequences and apparatus.
Dance also takes about a quarter of the timetable. Children learn formal (traditional and modern) dances as well as experiencing free movement to music.
Swimming takes place at York Hall. Children in Years 4,5 and 6 swim for either the first half or the last half of each year and the vast majority are able to swim 10 metres by the time they leave Bonner. There are two classes at York Hall – Beginners and Advanced. Beginners classes take place in the Beginners pool, where the focus is confidence in the water and the goal is 10 metres unaided swimming. Advanced classes are only for those able to swim at least 10 metres in the correct style. These classes take place in the big pool and children complete challenges and certificates depending on ability level.
OUTDOOR AND ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITIES:
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities include activities such as climbing, cycling, canoeing and orienteering. Children experience these activities as part of school trips and school journeys.