We believe high quality PE contributes to promoting healthy lifestyles through physical learning. Our curriculum design focuses on technique progression from motor skills to applying sport specific knowledge, leading to playing intra and inter school games and competition, across a broad range of sports.
Children are provieded with regular participation in high quality physical activity. These activities, along with regular teacher and peer feedback, ensure that children learn and develop core movement skills which facilitate their current and future involvement in a variety of physical activities.
We strive to build confidence, competence and motivation to become lifelong participants in physical activity and sport.
Children are taught the importance of achieving their minimum of 60 active minutes a day. Younger children learn about the benefits of being active and how they can achieve the target set out in England’s ‘School Sport and Activity Action Plan’. Key Stage 2 children are given the opportunity to evaluate their habits and teachers take responsibility inguiding those children who feel they are less active.
As part of our intent, we offer an array of extra-curricular activities, to help everyone engage. These include football, netball, tag rugby, running, circuits and American football. We also facilitate active playtimes, providing children with the space and equipment to enjoy exercising, whilst also building on the techniques taught during PE lessons.
Foundation Stage A large amount of PE time and emphasis is placed on the development of our 5 key fundamental movements. These are running, balancing, jumping, throwing and catching. They ensure our Reception children are ready for Key Stage 1 PE.
Key Stage 1 We provide children with time and opportunities to improve a wider range of fundamental movements as it takes between 3 and 10 hours of quality practice to become proficient at each. Children are taught how to apply them, using simple tactics, in game type activities and creating sequences of movements in gymnastics and dance.
Lower Key Stage 2 Teachers use ongoing assessments to focus on the fundamental movements children are not yet proficient in.
Fundamendal movements are developed along our curriculum's progression steps. These enable our teachers to accurately know where children are and what procedural knowledge they need developing next.
Techniques are learned, practised, developed and assessed through carefully planned core tasks. These are inclusive and allow for maximum impact on physical activity, technique development and tactical awareness. As children progress through school, they are delivered through a mix of even and uneven sided games, applying techniques in both attacking and defensive situations. Dance and gymnastics challenge children to develop solo, paired and group sequences of movements, using apparatus and deepening their quality of movements over time.
PE provides an excellent opportunity for children to nurture a wider variety of skills such as co-operation, goal setting, communication, leadership, work ethic and problem solving. Our PE lessons regularly encourage children to take on different roles including participant, coach, referee and scorer.
We are one of the few primary schools with an on site swimming pool. This allows us to provide weekly swimming lessons to all Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 children. It is our priority to ensure all children can efficiently swim 25 meters by the time they leave Year 3, with many children going signiciantly further.