Purpose of study
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
Pupils have two hours of PE timetabled per week through which we develop the six areas of activity as set out in the National Curriculum – Dance; Games; Gymnastics; Athletics; Outdoor and Adventurous activities; Swimming. Our KS2 children attend swimming lessons every Friday where they all learn new skills appropriate to their own stage of development.
As part of the Outdoor and Adventurous activities, Year 4 are given the opportunity to take part in our yearly residential which is to Ford Castle. Children complete various activities and have a great chance to become independent in their short time away from home.
Every week, our Year 5 class are working towards gaining the Duke of Cambridge Junior Prince's award which is delivered by SkillForce. This is devlieverd by ex-members of the Armed Forces. They will gain nationally recognised awards such as Heartstart, Orientation, Young playleaders as well as developing important skills in team-work, leadership and confidence. We are the first school in Northumberland to be delivering this to our children!
When appropriate, sports coaches are used in PE lessons and themed PE days. KS2 have recently had the opportunity to do a series of football sessions with a specialist coach and KS1 will take part in this in the summer term.
All pupils take part in a range of tournaments and sports' festivals both within school between year groups and with other schools. Each year we hold Wacky Wednesday, where children are split into mixed age groups, they take part in various activities with specialist coaches. Activities have included, cricket, volley ball, golf and Zumba. This often coincides with our annual sports day where children are involved in many different races and rewarded for their efforts. Each term we also have at least one after school club that links to physical development which children can choose to take part in.
Children in Early Years Foundation stage have continuous access to a secure, supervised outdoor area to extend their learning. There is a track which can be used for running, cycling, cars and scooters. Children have access to a range of outdoor play equipment including the sand pit, painting area, Play house, bats, balls, skittles and a raised bed for digging and planting. This is used to assess physical development as well as other areas of the curriculum.