PE at St Andrew’s
At St Andrew’s, we acknowledge that PE and sport plays a crucial role in the development, health and well-being of our children, helping them to lead full and valuable lives through participation in a wide variety of enjoyable and inspiring physical activities.
Through lessons in curriculum time and sessions as part of our innovative Activity Hour, the children have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in sport and physical activity.
By taking an active role in the wide variety of sporting opportunities on offer throughout the year, our pupils’ learning reflects our school aims; they become excellent communicators, responsible citizens, effective learners and happy and confident members of our community.
Our experienced and talented staff work alongside coaches from Elm Sport. Our 10 acre site enables us to teach a huge range of sports including football, tennis, hockey, netball, rugby, athletics and multi-sports. In Activity Hour and in our after school clubs, the children can also learn to play more unusual sports including Ultimate Frisbee, Dodgeball and Flippa-ball in our 25m outdoor pool.
Competition is something we embrace and train our children to be able to compete competitively and with great sportsmanship. We are part of a local football and netball league, host an annual five a side football tournament, take part in district athletics and cross country. Through links with Cobham Rugby Club and Cobham Avorians we have had additional specialised coaching and competed in tag rugby competitions. Each year we aim to increase the number of sports we participate in to allow all children to find something they are passionate about.
(Taken from national curriculum)
Purpose of study
A high-quality PE curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- Are physically active for sustained periods of time
- Engage in competitive sports and activities
- Lead healthy, active lives
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement.
Key Stage 1
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
- Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
Swimming and water safety
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.