Physical education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus we enable them to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.
As required in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to an indoor PE skills session based around Real PE and an outdoor sports session based around the skills taught from Real PE. These sports include tag rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, football and athletics. Swimming is also taught in year 3 and year 6. Planning is now based on the Real PE scheme, which all teachers have been introduce to during a whole staff INSET. Planning is also informed by ongoing assessment (based on Real PE requirements) and in order to build upon the prior learning of the children.
In all classes there are children of differing physical ability. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a setting tasks of increasing difficulty, where not all children complete all tasks and allowing children to set their own challenges to achieve a personal best.
In Blue Whale class/EYFS2, we encourage the physical development of our children in the reception class as an integral part of their work. We relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age. We encourage the children to develop confidence and control of the way they move, and the way they handle tools and equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills. This is also supported by the Real PE scheme.
We promote a wide range of activities for pupils of all ages. The school provides a range of PE-related activities throughout the academic year including football, street hockey, gymnastics, netball, multi-sports and tag rugby for children at the end of the school day. These encourage children to further develop their skills in a range of the activity areas. The school sends details of the current club activities to parents at the beginning of each term.
Children represent the school in a range of tournaments and festivals. This introduces a competitive element to team games and allows the children to put into practice the skills that they have developed in their lessons. These opportunities foster a sense of team spirit and co-operation amongst our children. This year King William Street will participate in the following competitive events:
- Swindon Primary Schools Key Stage 2 Dance Festival
- Swindon Primary Schools Key Stage 1 Dance Festival
- Swindon Primary Schools Quadkids Competition for Year 5 and 6
- Swindon Primary Schools Quadkids Competition for Year 3 and 4
- Swindon Primary Schools Quadkids Competition for Year 1 and 2