Across our federation we ensure that a high-quality physical education curriculum is delivered in order to inspire all our pupils to succeed and excel, both in competitive sport and in other physically-demanding activities. Both during PE sessions and with extra-curriculum activities we provide opportunities for all pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities, from here at school through to County level, are key to building character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect in our children.
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.
Key Stage 1
Our Key Stage 1 children 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 learn how to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils are 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
As our children progress into Key Stage 2, they will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways, linking them to make actions and sequences of movement. Alongside this they are encouraged to enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with their peers from across the federation.
Our children develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils are taught to:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate. These may include 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
All our children are provided with swimming instruction, either in key stage 1 or key stage 2 *.
In particular, our children are 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.
Physical Education at BAWB Schools
Physical Education is taught as a discrete subject and is delivered by a range of professionals across all three schools:
- A dedicated PE and Outdoor Learning Coordinator (Mr. R. Stokes)
- A Fully qualified PE provider (Mr. C. Bullock)
- Class teachers
- Specialist PE coaches (e.g. for gymnastics, dance)
In order to provide our children with a rich, broad and balanced physical education experience and to fulfil the requirements of the outdoor adventurous activity curriculum our children also take part in:
- Regular ‘Forest Schools’ sessions with a trained member of staff (Mr. R. Stokes)
- A biennial residential to an outdoor centre in Y3/4 and Y5/6. *
Using our sport funding to access the skills of a dedicated provider and specialist coaches has raised the standard of PE and sport in our schools and is providing our staff with a great opportunity to share practice.
All children attend a 10-week course of swimming lessons during their time with us, usually during the spring term. We also provide all of our pupils with a free family swim pass for use at two local swimming pools during term time, which has been highly successful in helping our children learn to swim.*
Children can also join a healthy range of sports clubs which change on a regular basis as well as having the opportunity to represent the school in a wide variety of area sporting competitions. Both our cycling and sports clubs are particularly popular, and several of our children have been extremely successful at regional events.
Cluster sporting events are well-organised by an external a range of experts and professionals, distributed between our cluster schools, which ensures that the calendar of events feeds directly into regional level 2 sporting events. Due to ongoing restrictions this year, these Cluster events are taking place virtually and our children are finding them highly enjoyable.
Please access the PE funding section of this website to see how we spend our Sport Premium funding and the impact it has.
*Local COVID 19 restrictions may apply to these activities.
For more information about PE, please contact our PE and Outdoor Learning Coordinator, Mr. R. Stokes. firstname.lastname@example.org