St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

Active School

Active School Ethos
At St Polycarp's we have an active school ethos. Teachers are encouraged to plan active lessons within each school day. The children are encouraged to stand to answer questions and move around the classroom during lessons. The outside environment is also used to engage the children in active learning.


Active Thursdays

Thursday afternoons have been set aside to provide additional physical activity provision across the school. This will involve Physi-Fun multi-sport competitions based on the Schools' games values and sporting taster sessions to introduce children to new sports and physical activities.

Active Playtime

At St Polycarp's we have a culture of active playtimes. The classes are timetabled to use the trim trails, the football goals, the netball and basket ball nets and the multi-use sports area every playtime. There are dedicated playground leaders that lead children in fun physical games every playtime. On each playground there is an active play shed with pupil monitors distributing active play equipment. 

Active Travel

St Polycarp’s Active Travel Challenge

As a school we have made a pledge as part of the Surrey PALSS scheme to take on an active travel challenge. We would like as many children as possible to join us in the Challenge every Wednesday.
We are running it as an inter-house competition to find out which house travels to school most actively each Wednesday across the next two terms. At the end of each term the house who have achieved the highest active travel count will be given an extra playtime which Mrs Best and Mrs Trafford will oversee.
Sports Reps from each class will collect the results on a Wednesday and take them to Mrs Trafford. They will then put the correct amount of coloured counters into special pots attached to our Active display board in the main hall.
Look at the table below to see what modes of transport would gain your child an active travel counter.

Travelling modes that children will be awarded a counter for: 

walking to School

using a Scooter to come to School

parking in town and walking up with parent/carer to school

being dropped off at a friend’s house who lives in walking distance to the school and walking with either their  parent/carer or their friend’s parent/carer to school.