PE is a vital part of school life and ultimately children’s future well-being. It is therefore our intent to provide an inclusive, broad and balanced PE curriculum that ensures ALL children will benefit, whether through enhancing existing skills, learning new skills or being introduced to new sports, clubs, teams and organisations.
It is our intent to ensure children understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and to equip them with the tools to do so through health and well-being education. Children must understand how to take care of themselves both physically and mentally in order to be successful as adults.
Beyond merely a subject, we believe that participation in sporting activity is a key element of developing a school in which pupils are proud of the community in which they belong. Therefore, great emphasis is placed upon additional sporting opportunities beyond the lesson within after-school clubs, inter-house and inter-school competition and festivals as well as directly trying to support the local clubs within the local area .
Professional sports coach Andy Conkey and specialist staff are used for the majority of teaching to ensure the provision is of the highest quality.
Each year group will receive a minimum of 1 hour of PE each week with additional sporting clubs run after school on Tuesday nights, some lunch times and within school holidays.
Swimming is taught in addition to this from Reception to Y6, with each year group spending a term and a half each at the pool in order to achieve the required distance of 50m at the end of KS2. KS2 children also take part in Swim Safe open water sessions to ensure that they are able to perform survival skills in the water. This is based on the geography of where we live with both lakes and the sea in close proximity.
Children will have the opportunities to participate in a wealth of competitions through inter-house competitions within the school, inter-school competition through the school sports partnership and the Aspatria Small Rural School cluster. Annual team sports days are held to encourage the children to work collaboratively and to compete.
We also hold an annual village run, which is held in memory of Paul Lawman, a pupil who was tragically killed in a road traffic accident. All pupils compete in their version of the race.
The aim is that our extensive PE curriculum will impact greatly on our children’s ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make appropriate choices about their physical and mental health. The curriculum will develop positive self-awareness in children as they become physically competent. They will also demonstrate a healthy attitude to competition, showing respect for individuals, teams, officials and coaches.
All children will be assessed against the curriculum outcomes for PE and will be monitored through observations by Andy and the PE subject lead.
As with other curricular areas, P.E. is a compulsory requirement of the National Curriculum. Children may only be excused for valid reasons, and on production of a letter from parents. Obviously, P.E. is very important for a child’s physical development and general health and parental co-operation is required. Supervision problems are caused when a child has to be excluded from an activity shared by the rest of the class.