At All Saints we believe that participation in all physical education activities helps children to develop self-esteem and interpersonal skills, thus building on key life skills. We introduce the children to a variety of sports with the aim to engage and inspire all interests and abilities. We aim to provide a well-balanced programme of physical education spanning from Gymnastics to Rugby.
The new National Curriculum
The new National Curriculum has a much greater focus on competitive sports and being physically active. Pupils will be taught about the long-term health benefits of physical activity. The new focus on competitive sport aims to end the prize-for-all culture, build character and embed values such as fairness and respect, while giving all children the opportunities to be fit and healthy through physically demanding exercise and sport.
Pupils 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 are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Children 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
Pupils 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. Children develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Children are taught to:
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
- Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, table tennis, rugby, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounder’s 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.
- In year 3 children are taught to swim confidently, competently and proficiently over a distance of 25m and beyond.
The Government have recently introduced new funding to support PE in Primary Schools through the ‘Primary PE and Sport Premium’. At All Saints we have decided to use some of this funding to make additional improvements to the quality of P.E.
We now have a more competitive element to our curriculum enabling children to participate in internal and external competitions and festivals. We are also continuing to increase the standard of teaching through training and developing class teachers so that the delivery of PE is of the highest standard across the school. In addition to this, we now have various opportunities for progression for gifted and talented pupils in the form of competitions and after-school clubs. This means bringing in specialist teachers to teach gifted and talented children in different areas of P.E .