Physical Education and Sport are very important in our school. It is our aim that every child is able to find a sport that they enjoy and develop a positive attitude to exercise and keeping fit. We are keen that those children who already enjoy sport, have opportunities to build upon their skills and interests, and to participate in competition. However we are also keen to encourage all children in sport and to ensure that they know how important it is to exercise and to lead a healthy lifestyle. We have been re-accredited with our 'Healthy Schools Award' and as part of our work in this area, will be further promoting sport and exercise across the school.
We were particularly delighted that the government have once again allocated funding specifically for Sports and PE. This is enabling us to upgrade the quality of our PE/Sport provision by providing specialist coaching, which is supplementing our curriculum and enabling both the staff and children to develop expertise in areas such as Football and Dance.
Key Stage 1
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Pupils will be taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils will be taught to:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
Swimming and Water Safety
We provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils will be taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.