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Physical Development Update

posted 9 May 2014, 03:49 by Google Google   [ updated 9 May 2014, 03:49 ]

The Physical Development team is working hard to provide the students with a broad physical curriculum here at Columbus. They offer a variety of different sports and opportunities changing topics every half term, both at school and out in the community. We are currently working with Little Channels Golf Club, Chelmsford Gymnastics Club, England Badminton, Spingfield Cricket and Trailnex Cycling Group in Brentwood. 

The pupils and students are continually building confidence, working together and learning new skills.

Columbus works very closely with other partnerships such as Panathlon, Essex School Games and Chelmsford School Sports Partnerships and St John Payne School. We have hosted a variety of events such as Basketball and Hockey tournaments, indoor games such as Pollybat, Table Cricket, Curling and Boccia. We have just become Essex School Games Boccia Champions for 2014. You can follow the great achievements on the Columbus Twitter page: @ColumbusSchool.



It has been an exciting term in the swimming pool, with lots of achievements and new skills learnt.

All pupils at Columbus School and College take part in a weekly swimming lesson in one of our two hydrotherapy pools. In addition to this, students are offered after-school Swimming Clubs to extend their learning.

Swimming lessons are always fun and engaging, challenging pupils to achieve water confidence and stroke techniques at their own level. Pupils are taught to develop safety and confidence when in the water and build on existing skills such as changing independently.

For some of our more profound students,  hydrotherapy is offered where they will work on their individual programmes in the pool on a one-to-one basis. Pupils will experience floating as independently as possible, using a range of movement through the water in different body positions and these sessions are more multi-sensory and interactive in order to make learning more meaningful and enhance achievement.



Our students from Columbus School and College continue to enjoy their riding sessions at two Riding Schools in Essex: Brook Farm in Stock, and Barrow Farm in Highwood, which is between Chelmsford and Brentwood. 

Sessions include meeting the pony, following instructions according to ability (using obstacles and hand-held props such as hoops) and taking a walk in the woods - on a dry day! The older students are completing an ASDAN Stable Management course.

Specially selected ponies and committed staff and volunteers provide lovely experiences and exercise; give opportunities to learn new skills; encourage team work; build confidence and create a fun learning environment.  

You can see more photos on our flickr photostream.