At Westcott C of E School, we believe that every child should enjoy a broad range of experiences within physical education and sport, as well as developing their health, fitness and well-being. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and in other physically-demanding activities. Through PE we want the children to develop important social and teamwork skills through working together, understanding each other’s strengths and overcoming challenges. Our overall aim is for children to develop a positive view of physical activity and sport from an early age in order to encourage continued participation through later life.
The National Curriculum for PE aims 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
We strive to ensure that children participate in active lessons outside of their regular PE lessons. This involves incorporating moments within lessons whereby the children can be active. We follow the guidance from 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.
We work to develop children’s gross motor and fine motor movements.
- Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, 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
In KS1, 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 cooperative physical activities in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
In KS2, pupils continue to apply and develop a broad 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.
Our lower Key Stage 2 children attend a weekly, swimming lesson at Aylesbury Vale swimming pool in the spring term.