Emotional & Physical Development Faculty
Within this faculty we take a Holistic approach, developing our pupils’ fundamental life skills in order for them to fulfil their potential, providing opportunities to build on their emotional intelligence and physical development and the opportunity to be valuable British Citizens.
Children’s responses to the different feelings they experience every day have a major impact on their choices, their behaviour, their wellbeing and on how well they cope and enjoy life at the Croft both academically and socially. As children grow and are exposed to different situations, their emotional lives also become more complex. Developing skills for managing a range of emotions is therefore very important for their emotional wellbeing. By acknowledging children’s emotional responses and providing guidance, teachers at the Croft and parents/carers can help children understand and accept feelings, and develop effective strategies for managing them.
Physical development is the process that starts in human infancy and continues into late adolescent concentrating on gross and fine motor skills as well as puberty. Physical development at the Croft involves children developing control over their physical actions, particularly muscles and physical coordination. Development is how children gain control over their physical actions to do complicated and difficult activities more skilfully and easily. The development and improvement of physical skills not only depends on the size of the child and their muscular strength but also their emotional resilience to do a task. Physical development will usually follow a sequence even though the age may vary. There are factors that can affect this sequence, such as a disability.
In Prep, pupils learn about themselves growing up and changing as individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities.
They become more mature, independent and self – confident. They learn about the wider world and the communities within it.
They develop a sense of social justice and moral responsibility, and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national and global issues. They learn how to take part more fully in school and community activities, and to resist bullying.
As they begin to develop into young adults, they face the changes of puberty and transfer to secondary education with support and encouragement from their school. They learn how to make more confident and informed choices about their health and environment. To take more responsibility, individually and as a group, for their own learning.
Linked to the PSHE teaching is the Peer Support Programme, where selected and specially trained children support pupils in and around the school. This helps to develop and strengthen the children's understanding of the school community, preparing them for the larger community in their later life.
The school has excellent sporting facilities, and an ample number of specialist teachers and coaches in their respective sports, allowing us to provide a diverse range of sporting opportunities: Dance, Gymnastics, Cross-Country, Outward Bound, Athletics (both Field and Track Events), Rugby, Football, Netball, Hockey, Cricket and Rounders.
Children participate in Inter-House Competitions, promoting sport for all, teamwork, health awareness and sportsmanship. Many children extend the amount of time they spend on the sports field and in the gymnasium through participation in one or more of our many extra and co-curricular sporting activities.
The school competes in sporting fixtures against local primary and independent schools, including tournaments and cup competitions. Our extensive grounds enable us to host South Warwickshire Primary Schools’ Cross Country Competitions.
Curricular and co-curricular sporting activities include: Athletics, Cross-Country, Cycling, Country Dancing, Dance, Gymnastics, Health-Related Fitness, Hockey,