Physical Education is an important and valued part of the teaching and learning at the school. The children are offered many opportunities to take part in a wide variety of PE activities across the school.
In line with our teaching and learning policy we believe that the PE curriculum should offer rich and varied opportunities to inspire all children to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills. We want our children to:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- be physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
The Early Years promotes physical development as a prime area of learning. The children in Reception learn to change into their PE kits independently. During adult-led and child-initiated learning times, there are many activities to develop fine motor skills (threading, play dough, cutting, drawing and writing) and gross motor skills (climbing, jumping, controlling a ball and hula hooping). These experiences lay a foundation for the skills children will build on throughout the school. In Key Stage 1, children take part in both inside and outside PE each week. A series of lessons allows children to plan, develop, perform, evaluate and improve skills in gym, dance and games. In Key Stage 2 children continue to build upon these skills and in addition learn through athletics and outdoor adventurous activities. Children are encouraged to show a competitive yet fair approach in their learning styles. Swimming is taught at different times throughout key stage 2. This year the children in Years 4, 5 and 6 will have an opportunity to swim. Children acquire confidence in the water and develop the skills to swim using a variety of different strokes and life saving techniques.
Ways you can help your child with PE
- supply appropriate kit
- encourage physical activity outside of school
- sign up for school sports clubs
- follow local or national sports teams
During the year a range of sports clubs are offered both during lunch time and after school. These are either run by staff or external coaches. Teachers also run sports clubs throughout the year to encourage children to build upon team work and tactics within different games.
South Oxhey District Sports
The children attend a number of events organised by the local sports partnership. Throughout the year a range of clubs are offered for children including football, hockey, cricket and netball. Other inter-school events include: cross country, tag rugby, kwik cricket and athletics. We are fortunate to have the staff willing to give their time to ensure that the children have these opportunities to practise their skills and to compete in these matches.