It has been another exciting and packed year within the PE department with pupils experiencing new and different activities throughout the year.
Amwell View continues to participate in the SLD school festivals whereby pupils are selected to represent the school and compete against the other 5 SLD schools in Hertfordshire. Boccia, Football, Cricket, Athletics, Swimming and the Panathlon Challenge all feature in the fixtures calendar of which Amwell View have finished in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.
This year pupils have been able to widen their experiences of OAA through off-site visits to the Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt. Pupils from classes 4, 7, 8 and 9 were encouraged to develop their Orienteering skills by working together as a team to find objects, pictures and were introduced to basic map reading. Classes 8, 9 and 10 also experienced Bellbottom Boating, taking part in the Regatta for the first time. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and conquered new fears whilst doing so.
Alongside learning how to play games through practical application pupils from Key stage 3 have also been learning the rules of competitive game play through spectating. Pupils were invited to watch the Wheelchair Tennis World Championships at the Queen Elizabeth Park and a Champions Trophy Cricket Match at Essex Cricket Ground. All pupils benefitted greatly from the experience and were able to travel using the trains and public buses in order to get to and from these venues.
Once again pupils from “Happy Feet” and “Unique” Dance clubs performed at the Hertford and Ware and County Dance Festivals with themes based on “What a Beautiful World” and “Read All About It”. Pupils from class 10 also took part in the Saracens’ Cheerleading competition for the first time. They performed a two minute sequence in front of other schools from Hertfordshire along with an audience of friends and family. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are keen to take part again next year.
The Upper School swimming team were invited to participate in the Secondary Panathlon Swimming Gala consisting of 7 SLD schools from Hertfordshire and the surrounding shires. Pupils travelled to the Olympic pool, Stratford and were given an insight into what it would have been like for Athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Post 16 pupils continue to work towards their ASDAN award through PE. Pupils have been busy learning new outdoor sports including Archery and Lawn Bowls. Pupils have been learning the rules involved in each activity and transferring these skills into different off-site environments in preparation for life after Amwell View.
The Building Bridges scheme continues to grow with a total of 12 mainstream primary schools from the Hertford and Ware district coming to Amwell View to join in with PE and Dance lessons. Pupils from the Lower School have enjoyed playing alongside others and have developed their social skills whilst doing so. The scheme continues to build awareness of people with learning difficulties among primary school children in the Hertford and Ware district.
Pupils continue to receive P.E, Dance and Swimming lessons which contributes to their physical, social and emotional development from Nursery up to Students 2.
Amwell View School and Specialist Sports College
Mrs J. S. Liversage B. ED., Dip., B. Phil. (MSI)