Physical Education

Physical education is essential in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Teaching children physical education is imperative to provide children with the tools they need to maintain their healthy bodies and minds in the future. Our aim is for our physical education curriculum to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We will provide opportunities for pupils to compete in sport and other activities to build character, confidence and help embed values such as fairness and respect.

We aim to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities and to help form pupils who are physically active and who lead healthy, active lives. We will develop and build upon the prime areas of the EYFS framework (communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development) and pupils will be expected to know, apply and understand the necessary knowledge, skills and processes needed to participate in a wide range of physical activities.

Within our school pledges we aim for children to develop healthy bodies and minds through effective teaching, attending assemblies and external presentations. They will be able to access a variety of free after school activities, which, provide a range of broad range of experiences, take part in a daily physical challenge including Activate and Walk & Talk and be able to swim by the time they leave school. They will have a thorough knowledge of how to maintain a healthy life style through the curriculum including age related Life Skills and dangers of drugs, alcohol and smoking and choose from a fully balanced menu choice through our catering providers.

To provide a broad, balanced and engaging physical education curriculum, pupils will receive two hours of teaching per week, at least one of these will be delivered by specialised coaches. In addition to their lessons, each class will complete at least four short physical activities, such as Activate and ‘Walk and Talk’ each day. Children will also engage in one hour of timetabled outdoor learning lesson each week. As well as an opportunity to teach the curriculum requirements of physical education, these also offer the opportunity to support children with SEMH and SEND needs. Our long term planning ensures all aspects of the curriculum are met, whilst providing opportunities to use their learnt skills in competitions.

Our PE long-term plan is designed to ensure a progressive sequence of physical activity and sport that supports children’s personal development. The plan takes into account a variety of personal development skills (such as co-operation, teamwork, competitiveness and resilience promoted through PE), as well as linking in with building opportunities for the children to take part in sport competitively in the local area.

As well as timetabled PE lessons, we offer children other physical and sporting opportunities in extra-curricular clubs. These clubs enable children to engage in a variety of sports, which are inclusive, enjoyable and challenging.

Working in collaboration with ICS, gives us access to a range of termly sporting competitions and festivals for children to use and showcase their skills and personal development skills.

When pupils leave at the end of Year 6, they will have mastered and be able to use in combination and isolation, basic movements, including running, jumping, throwing and catching. They will participate in competitive team games and perform dances using a range of movements. They will take part in outdoor and adventurous activity and be able to swim competently and confidently over a distance of 25 metres.

Pupils should have the skills and knowledge needed to continue and maintain a healthy lifestyle and have had the opportunities to explore any possible interests in a variety of sports and outdoor activities.