The national curriculum for physical education aims to 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.
Schools are allocated additional funds to support high quality PE. This is called the sports premium – plans for the Sports Premium are developed each year and impact is addressed. Details can be found in the section on premium allocations.
- 71% swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- 71% use a range of strokes effectively
- 71 % perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Y3, 4, 5 and 6 accessed swimming provision offered by Durham County Council; swimming outcomes are lower than previous years (as a result of limited access in last two years)
- 40% swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- 40% use a range of strokes effectively
- 44 % perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
PE Curriculum Intent
At North Park Primary School, it is our intention that Physical Education (PE):
- teaches children to become competent in a broad range of physical activities.
- allows children to engage in competitive sports and activities.
- provides sustained periods of physical activity to ultimately give our children healthy and active lives now and in the future.
- contributes to a lifelong enjoyment of PE and develops their understanding about the benefits of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
- helps forge links with in the local area to enrich provision.
We organise learning so that children have two hours of timetabled PE each week and in addition, on other days in the week, children undertake physical activities such as the Daily Mile or Fit for Life; this supports our dedication to provide regular exercise, which in turns forms part of our commitment to maintaining Active 30 and our gold School Games Mark.
At North Park, we organise a range of enhancement and enrichment activities, for example, a skipping day, Quidditch day, intra-school competition day and an inspirational talk by Invictus games medallist Alex Dewar. We intend for each year group to take part in a lunch club and to attend external competitions and festivals. We use our Commando Joe initiative to extend teamwork, collaboration, cooperation and problem-solving skills, and access local sport facilities to enrich our curriculum further. We have excellent links with local sports coaching services (Simply Sport and Go Well; Dance and Yoga coaches), using the sport premium to enhance the offer in school we have in school, develop staff and pupil skills and source additional expertise to enhance the development of early movement, including through yoga. We also have Sports Leaders in school – older pupils who organise games and activities to encourage and engage younger pupils on a daily basis. Additional extra-curricular sports activities are arranged throughout the year, including lunchtime clubs, to extend physical activity.
In EYFS, the children develop their knowledge and confidence in fundamental movement skills using specialist coaching in movement and yoga and by accessing resources adopted and adapted from the Move with Max scheme. Core skills are developed in line with the EYFS Framework guidance so that children build
- gross and fine motor skills
- core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, coordination and agility
- hand-eye coordination, control, confidence
Learning is planned to facilitate a range of activities indoors and outdoors. We then build on these fundamental skills as children progress through school.
Key Stage 1 and 2
Our learning follows a progressive sequence adopted and adapted from two key areas – QCA and Durham County Council Core Tasks. The PE curriculum focuses on
- fundamental movement skills
- invasion games
- striking and fielding
- net and wall games
- problem solving through OAA (outdoor and Adventurous Activity)
Learning is organised so that teachers undertake initial assessments of children as the units begin, and they are then able to identify children’s areas of development; this informs planning and helps identify progress made towards the end of each unit, and future learning needs.
At North Park, we value the importance of swimming and provide lessons throughout the children’s time in KS2, organizing additional earning as part of our Pupil Premium Spend (see Premium spend section of the website for further details). We aim for all our children to leave our school in Year 6 as competent swimmers over a distance of at least 25 metres; for them to be proficient in a range of strokes; and to be able to perform self-rescue in different water-based situations. We access local facilities to enhance the swimming offer provided by Durham County Council.
Pupils are expected to change into PE kit for their PE lessons. They are not permitted to wear their PE/clothing underneath their normal clothes. All jewellery and watches should be removed for reasons of safety. PE kit consists of jade t-shirt (available at the office) or plain t-short and dark shorts.
- For indoor PE/Dance -Shorts and T-Shirt, Plimsolls/ gym shoes/bare feet
- For Games – Shorts and T-Shirt, Tracksuit/ sweatshirt in colder weather (optional), Trainers (must be a change from normal day wear)
- Younger pupils remove shoes for movement and yoga activities
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