The curriculum includes a full range of physical activities appropriate to the age and development of the children, including gymnastics, dance, games, athletics and swimming. We are fortunate to have access to St.Neots Indoor Pool. Parents are requested to contribute towards the cost of transport. The governors recognise swimming as an important part of a child’s educational development due to the close proximity to the river.
At Eynesbury C of E Primary School , we aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from Reception to Year 6 not only enjoy but also allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides 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 PE 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
All pupils from Year 1 to 6 have at least 2 hours’ worth of planned physical exercise each week. Primary Sports Stars will deliver one of these lessons and the other one will be delivered by the class teacher. Each class receives additional support from HSSP for 2 half terms (split over the year).
In the spring term one of the PE sessions is substituted with weekly swimming lessons for children in Year 2 and 3. This switches to Y4 and 5 receiving swimming lessons in the summer term.
Outdoor and Adventurous Activity (OAA) is also delivered to Years 4,5 and 6 on a trip to Hilltop/Brancaster. Here, they undertake a series of physical and challenging activities, including: assault course; mid-ropes to high wires; climbing wall and tree climbing.
All pupils have the opportunity to take part in activities organised by PSS, staff and play leaders at lunch time. In addition there is a variety of sports clubs offered before and after school.
During the Summer term Sports Days are held for EYFS and KS1/2 covering traditional sporting activities, however the focus during these events is participation.
We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further.
As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught:
- Physical development - involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.
- Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
Key stage 1
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. Pupils are taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well 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
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 enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They 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 [for example, 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.
At Eynesbury C of E we use summative assessment to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers’ planning. By the end of each unit of work we are looking to see a greater number of children achieving age related expectations. Pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. Teacher assessments are reported to parents at the end of the year.
In addition we are also looking to see:
- Increased participation levels in PE
- Increased uptake of children attending lunchtime sports clubs/ activities and after school clubs
- Children who have developed a love of sport
- Pupils who understand the value and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson.
- Children understand the importance of physical activity in leading a healthy lifestyle.
This will be measured by questionnaires and surveys (pupils and staff) and by talking to children and liaising with staff and specialist coaches.