Aims

At Athelstan we aim for physical education to develop pupil’s physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform a range of activities in curriculum PE, inter and intra school festivals and competitions.  We also encourage children to develop healthy active lifestyles.  This commitment to PE has recently been recognised through our Silver active mark.

How we deliver

We ensure all children access a minimum of 2 hours high quality PE in curriculum time each week.

 In KS1 we focus on the fundamental skills of balance, agility and coordination. We do this is a number of ways in Gym, Dance and Multi-Skills. Developing these skills enable the children to build a firm foundation ready to apply them to more complex game situations when they reach KS2. We have more recently introduced swimming into KS1. All children will partake in a 10 week swimming block in KS1 and another 10 week block when they reach Year 4.

In KS2 we offer a wide range of sports including football, cricket, rugby, Athletics, tennis, basketball, netball, dodgeball, tri-golf, rounders and fencing. The recent introduction of activities such as fencing and dodgeball have proven very popular amongst our children. The children are taught the skills of analysis and evaluation to allow them to recognise and evaluate their own success.

Our passion for an inclusive PE Curriculum is reflected in the activities we provide. Recently we have taken part in a wheelchair basket ball workshop where many of our KS2 children had the opportunity to experience what it is like moving around in a wheelchair whilst playing sport. The workshop was a huge success. We have also had a visit from a Rugby Paralympian and some of our children took part in a swimming Panathlon. Our dedication for inclusivity in PE will continue to be at the forefront of our PE curriculum and development.

PE Opportunities Outside of Curriculum Time

We have recently set up an Athelstan Sports Crew which is made of children ranging from Year 1 to Year 6. The children were selected based on their passion for sport. They have played a crucial role in making many decisions throughout the year such as choosing which after school sports clubs we offer, what activities we have in our annual sports week, helping to run various sports events and reporting on success of sports in our school. 

This academic year (2017-2018) we will be starting with a new Sports Crew in school and this time the children will be selected from Years 4-6. The idea is that Sports Crew will be involved much more in blogging, leading and reporting on sport in school. We felt that as our epectations of the role has altered slighty, this would be a role more suited to older children in school.

Each year we hold an annual Sports week where children compete in their houses in a series of potted sports activities. They also have the chance to compete against their peers individually in a series of races. Within the week we like to also offer the children the opportunity to experience a ‘different’ sport or challenge. We have had a climbing wall, archery, skipping, skateboarding to name a few.

We are a member of our local school sports partnership (Tadcaster Cluster) which provides our children with the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting activities at festivals and competitions. The children can therefore experience a taught sport in a competitive environment.

Each term our children participate in an intrahouse competition in a sport that has been taught within the half term in class. A chosen team of 4 different coloured houses will compete for the house trophy. The competition involve children in both KS1 and KS2. 

PE Provision within the School Day

The curriculum that we deliver in school to all ages from Nursery to year 6 is designed to promote active learning across a range of subject areas. In addition to this all of our children access their 2 hour entitlement of high quality PE teaching, with Key Stage one children acquiring and developing skills in Multi Skills, Dance, Gym, and Games. Key stage two children continue to develop those skills taught in Key stage one but also go on to acquire and develop the skills needed for Athletics, Outdoor Adventure and Swimming.

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