Physical Education & Sports
PE and Sports provides children with the opportunity to succeed and excel in a wide range of competitive sport and other physical- demanding activities. Our programme of work is structured so all children have opportunities to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. As a 'Healthy School', we also promote healthy lifestyles, including diet, nutrition, hydration and sleep, and help pupils to appreciate the wide-ranging benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle, including on their mental health. Through regular fitness activities we model habits for ensuring physical safety such as warm up activities – pulse raising and stretching (wherever possible, be based on the activity to follow, provide opportunities to recap and reinforce skills previously learnt.) and concluding cooling down activities – pulse lowering and stretching.
Through participation in competitive sports, we hope to develop resilience and ensure pupils learn transferable skills such as cooperation and collaboration, understanding fairness and equality of play and quality competitive behaviours. We want them to enjoy being challenged, take managed risks and find ways to complete tasks they once found too difficult, using a growth mind-set approach. We plan and deliver activities that support the acquisition and development of skills and understanding, that allow pupils to select and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding and opportunities to evaluate their performance and that of others and to help build character and reinforce values such as fairness and respect.
Strategies will vary as appropriate during any lesson between whole class, group and individual activities. We provide at least 2 hours of PE are delivered each and every week, within the curriculum to all classes. Activities are meaningful, enjoyable and vigorous, with a wide range of physical activities (athletics, dance, gymnastics, swimming, netball, hockey, football, tennis, rounders, cricket, American Football, touch rugby, lacrosse and orienteering) to suit all pupils. Equipment and activities will ensure access and adapted to extend, challenge and accommodate all levels of ability. Feedback will be constructive and frequent. We include all pupils engaging everyone equally, irrespective of ability and ensuring full participation in lessons where possible. This is supplemented with specific coaching and competitive sessions in sports. Outside specialist teachers provide coaching and prepare children for the numerous Local Authority and inter-class competitions held throughout the year. Outdoor adventure activities are partly covered in a week’s residential course in Year 6 as well as planned activities on Wandsworth Common every week.