In EYFS physical development is fundamental in children as it enables them to experience happy, healthy, active lives at the beginning of their learning and life journey. Within the EYFS curriculum, pupils will develop their fine and gross motor skills through a wide range of activities, exercises and sensory play which will be deeply focused on co-ordinating, special awareness, working with others and movement. As a school we will provide the pupils with opportunities to access both indoor and outdoor activities and play. With access to both indoor and outdoor play children will build their fundamentals such as agility, special awareness, balance, core strength, co-ordination, running, jumping, throwing and catching. Overall, this will develop the child physically and mentally allowing them greater personal, social and emotional development allowing them better knowledge of the world and others around them, allowing them to work and play cooperatively and take turns with others.
Key stage 1
In Key stage 1 pupils will be taught the fundamental movement skills, which will allow them greater access to physical education through the means of becoming increasingly competent and confident, this will be through a wide and broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually as well as with others through team games and sports. Through teamwork and other activities which incorporate cooperation pupils will be able to engage in the early stages of competitive and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations which will test and develop their fundamental skills.
Key stage 2
Pupils will continue to apply and develop on their existing range of skills and will explore and implement new and creative ways. Pupils will connect their skills to all areas of PE and notice the pattern as well as sequence of events brought on by their knowledge and skill within games, sports and competitive play. Because the values of the partnership are closely used across all areas of the curriculum, all pupils will demonstrate high and impressive communication and collaboration skills as they compete and help their team players to achieve their best. Following on from excellent team work and communication pupils will continue to develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and others through reflection and peer learning to learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success as well as others all the while building their personal best.
Swimming and water safety
Within swimming pupils will learn a wide range of strokes as well as develop a good solid ability to endure and develop stamina in their swimming ability and confidence. Pupils will also display a good cross curricular understanding that swimming keeps your heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, all the while increasing stamina and even improves balance and posture which they can apply back to sports, games and exercise on land. One of the most important facts and realisations our children will learn is one of the most important reason swimming is mandatory is because swimming is the only sport which can help save your life as well as others.
Children will be taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres along side swimming in shallow and deep water
- use a range of strokes effectively (front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Through weekly PE sessions there are several skills that we want children to develop:
Self-Belief – The ability to believe you can achieve. Have the self-belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best in every lesson.
Teamwork – Treating everyone equally, supporting each other and working together to achieve at your teams very best level leaving no one behind. Good team work leads to team celebration where you can celebrate each other’s success, accomplishments and creating a positive and thriving sportsmanship environment where you can even celebrate the opponent’s skills and success.
Respect – Respect for team players, teachers’ coaches and for your opponents as well as yourself. You also, accept victory and defeat with respect, honour and grace allowing everyone to express themselves within a safe and respectful environment treating one another who you wish to be treated.
Determination – Determination is about the journey you go on. It’s about having the mental strength and the self-discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working to achieve your personal best.