Physical Education plays a very important part in the school curriculum. It provides opportunities for pupils to excel in and enjoy both competitive sport and a wide range of other physically demanding activities. It enables children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills from a young age particularly during KS1. Children should become increasingly competent and confident and have access to a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
At St Leonard’s pupils have the opportunity and are actively encouraged to take part in a wide range of sporting activities both in curriculum time and through extra-curricular provision.
At Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children are taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns
At Key Stage 2 pupils are taught to:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
- 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
Our school aims to offer each class up to 2 hours PE curriculum time, which takes place in the hall, playground or on the playing fields. All children are expected to change into the approved school PE kit. Staff who are teaching PE are also expected to wear appropriate sportswear.
At Foundation Stage physical development is an important part of our daily continuous provision. The children also talk part in PE sessions to prepare them for PE lessons in KS1.
At KS 1 children are taught fundamental skills through games, dance, gym and athletics.
Within KS2 children are taught gym, athletics, striking and fielding games, net/wall games, invasion games, fitness, OAA, athletics and dance during curriculum time. Year 3 also undertake swimming at a Leisure Centre for 2 terms.
Playtime equipment bags, dodgeball, basketball, tyres, the timber trail and small games led by playground leaders are all provided on a rota at playtimes and dinner times. In the summer the children use the field and play football, cricket and other sports.
The children take part in the ‘Daily Mile’ which allows children time out of the classroom to run, jog, walk or move at their own pace. They participate with their classmates, making them fitter and healthier. It also improves the children’s concentration in the classroom.
The children are provided with a wide range of extra-curricular clubs including football, hi 5 netball, athletics, cricket, dance, cross country, multi-skills and fencing from experienced coaches.
The children are given the opportunity to represent the school at a wide range of inter school competitions including netball, football, cricket, tennis, tag rugby, cross country, athletics and inclusion events.
At St Leonard’s we aim to promote healthy lifestyles through physical activity and to introduce children to the enjoyment and achievement of participation in a wide range of sports. We also recognise the importance of children’s mental health and promote understanding of how their brain works. We follow the ’Mind Up’ programme to support this work.