Our high-quality Physical Education and School Sport (PESS) curriculum has two main aims:
• to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.
• to encourage all pupils to follow a healthy, active lifestyle.
This will all be underpinned by the values of determination, honesty, passion, respect self-belief and teamwork.
All children have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of physical activities, extending agility, balance and co-ordination, over sustained periods of time, for two hours within curriculum time, daily physical activity at play times and after-school clubs. They take part in competitive games within the lesson and the annual Sports Days (Level 1), against other schools within the county (Level 2) and may progress to compete against schools from other counties (Level 3). Children can compare their performance with previous ones and aim to improve their personal best.
In Key Stage 1, children focus on developing fundamental movement skills, becoming increasingly competent and confident. Basic movements of running, jumping, throwing and catching skills are practised then applied in simple team games, and dances with simple movement patterns are performed.
In Key Stage 2, children continue to develop running, jumping, throwing and catching skills, applying them in isolation and linking them in combinations. They take part in athletic activities, competitive invasion, striking and fielding, and net games, perform gymnastics and dances with a range of movement patterns and in outdoor and adventurous challenges. Children in Year 4 have swimming lessons, over two terms, learning to use a range of strokes effectively so they can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.