We aim to engage and inspire pupils to take part fully in PE and develop a lifelong love of physical activity, sport and exercise. At Whetley we employ Sports UK to lead our P.E sessions meaning that students are receiving high quality P.E throughout school.
We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. The PE curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build upon previous learning. It focusses on the development of agility, balance and coordination. It also develops healthy competition and cooperative learning through appropriate challenge and support. Pupils develop a sound knowledge of these fundamental skills. They are able to apply them into competitive situations as well as developing teamwork and collaboration.
PE supports pupils’ oracy skills. It provides them with effective language experiences. This is done through the promotion of specialist and technical vocabulary. We also encourage questioning and feedback on performance. Group work and other aspects of co-operative learning is a key part of this.
We ensure that enough time is provided, so that all children receive at least two hours of high-quality PE lessons per week.
Also, we provide opportunities for pupils to take part in extracurricular activities. Staff provide a range of active afterschool clubs and sporting competitions. These activities build character and help embed important values such as fairness and respect.
In Early Years, pupils develop their physical development skills. This is done through daily use of our purpose-built outdoor area and through weekly PE sessions. Outdoors, pupils are encouraged to climb, balance and move in different ways whilst negotiating space. Pupils use a range of equipment to help them learn and consolidate new skills. Fine motor development is an essential part of pupils’ physical development in early years. Pupils engage in daily focussed fine motor sessions. They have activities to strengthen fine motor skills in their daily provision
In Key Stage 1, pupils are taught to develop fundamental movement skills. They become increasingly competent and confident in these. They have access to a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination. They have opportunities to engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities. This is done through a range of increasingly challenging situations.
In Key Stage 2, pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills. They learn how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. Through our curriculum, we encourage communication, collaboration and competition. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports. They learn how to evaluate and recognise their own successes. Also, Year 5 pupils attend swimming and water safety lessons. They learn to swim competently, confidently and proficiently. This is over a distance of at least 25 metres using a range of strokes effectively. Also, they perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.