Burghfield St. Mary’s Primary School recognises the value of Physical Education (P.E).
We fully adhere to the aims of the national curriculum for physical education 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
P.E. is taught as an area of learning in its own right. It is taught through two sessions per week for every year group. The key skills for each topic are mapped across each year group. This ensures that children develop their knowledge of games, dance and gymnastics and (from KS2) athletics and outdoor and adventurous activity progressively. We teach lessons so that children:
• 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.
• engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
• 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.
• enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
• develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Lessons are planned and delivered by class teachers and sports coaches, with specialist skills. The varied curriculum is designed to enable all children to enjoy physical activity and to experience success in sport.
In addition, ‘Sports fortnights’ are organised to introduce the children to other sports such as golf, archery, lacrosse, climbing, hockey and tag-rugby. Extra-curricular clubs also provide further challenge and access to a range of physical activities such as judo and multi-sports, dance and gymnastics. Bike-ability, swimming lessons and outdoor adventurous activities are organised for children in KS2.
All children have the opportunity to participate in PE at their own level of development, with teachers and coaches ensuring that lessons cater for individual needs. As well as securing and building on a range of skills, children develop knowledge of the basic rules of a range of games and activities. They experience positive competition and a strong focus is placed on developing good sporting attitudes. Children learn in a safe environment and have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.
Many children take part in local tournaments for football, rugby, netball as well as ten-pin bowling. archery and indoor multi-sports. Some of these are inter school activities and some are with outside organisations. Girls have gone on to represent Berkshire in South of England girl’s championships. Boys have reached the final of the West Berkshire Boys Football championships. We have strong links with Reading football club who run afterschool activities and interschool competitions at the Madjeski Stadium. Children are aware of the link between physical activity and good mental health and understand its significance as part of a healthy lifestyle.