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. We are striving to ensure that our children are active within school time for a minimum of 30 minutes per day but where possible try our best to extend this to 60minutes through active playtimes and after school sport provision. This commitment to PE has recently been recognised through our Silver active mark. We are now working very hard towards achieving the Gold 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. We have taken part in a wheelchair basket ball workshops where many of our KS2 children had the opportunity to experience what it is like moving around in a wheelchair whilst playing sport. We have also had visitors in school promoting inclusive sport for all. The children particularly enjoyed a Rugby Paralympian who visited for a day.Where possible we taake part in the Special School Games programme. The Swimming Panathlon is always a success. 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
Pupil voice in PE and Sport in our school is vital. Our Athelstan Sports Crew which is made of children ranging from Year 4 to Year 6 is proving a success. 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.
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.