Physical Education (P.E.)
Physical Education Overview
PE develops a child’s knowledge, skill and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. A varied curriculum is in place to support this, with activities including: dance, athletics, gymnastics, games, swimming and water safety and outdoor adventure 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 children to make informed choices about physical activities throughout their lives.
Through the teaching of PE West Walker Primary School intends to:
- Enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination.
- Encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations.
- Develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities.
- Show children how to improve the quality and control of their performance.
- Teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.
- Develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination.
- Develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success.
- Assess pupils learning, analyse and interpret the results to inform future planning and lessons.
Teaching of PE in the Foundation Stage:
Pupils within EYFS undertake daily physical exercise within a specialised external play area, including the recent development of a woodland play area. They also have use of the fully equipped sports and school hall for structured activities at least twice a week. Cross curricular links enable PE activities to take place during literacy and maths.
Teaching PE in Key Stage 1 and 2:
All pupils from Year 1 to 6 have at least 2 hours’ worth of planned physical exercise each week. For further information regarding the PE curriculum that is delivered please see the PE curriculum overviews or speak to Mr. Bourke (PE co-ordinator).
PE is further supplemented in Key Stage 2 by the use of the Daily Mile – an initiative that we have adopted to encourage pupils to walk, run or jog around a track on the school yard, to increase the amount of physical activity they participate in each day during break and lunchtimes. During lessons teachers also use the Daily Mile as an opportunity to re-energise pupils as well as increasing their physical activity.
Pupils from Year 1 to 6 also have the opportunity for physical activity during morning and lunchtime breaks on our two well-equipped school yards, stocked with resources. Staff and Outdoor Play and Learning Leaders (trained pupils from Year 5) are on duty to co-ordinate a range of active playground games. Breakfast and Lunchtime physical activity or sports clubs are also on offer to pupils. These can include: football, dodgeball, dance, hockey and multi-skills.
Pupils from Year 3 attend a weekly swimming lesson at Benfield swimming pool, for course of the academic year. Pupils from Year 6 receive a Booster swimming intervention to ensure they can swim 25m independently prior to leaving primary education.
Year 5 and 6 have an annual residential trip at High Borrans in which they undertake a series of physical and challenging activities, including: ghyll scrambling; abseiling; rock climbing; caving. In addition, Year 3 and 4 have an annual residential trip at Robinwood where their activity sessions are carefully planned in such a way that 7 to 9 year olds can experience challenging adventures that are appropriate to their abilities and their stage of personal and physical development.
Intra-school competitions take place on a half-termly basis in KS1 and KS2, giving sports and OPAL leaders a chance to develop their sports and leadership skills. Each half term a different sport or area of the curriculum is the focus of the competition depending on the Schools Games calendar.
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.
As West Walker Primary School is supported by the Newcastle PE and School Sport Service pupils from EYFS to Year 6 have the opportunity to participate in variety of Healthy Active Lifestyle festivals as well as School Games events held across the city, which introduce a more competitive element into sporting activities.
All our activities are supported by a variety of sports clubs lead by school staff and visiting professionals at breakfast (8am-8:50am), lunchtime (12:15pm-1:15pm) and after-school (3:15pm-4:15pm).
Children have a wide range of 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 and in doing so raise pupil’s health and fitness levels, improve skills and develop pupil’s resilience, teamwork and perseverance.
The use of assessment, surveys and pupil voice ensures PE lessons are of a high quality. Targeted CPD for staff has improved teachers’ confidence and as a result we have a stimulating PE curriculum delivered by skilled practitioners.