Please also see https://www.paddocksprimary.org.uk/Sports-Premium/ (Link) A lot of information about P.E is also included on that page.
Why is P.E Important? - Our Curriculum Intent
Physical activity is a very important part of a school day and something that all children enjoy and take part in. P.E gives children the opportunity to be active every single day – an incredibly important part of life, especially after the long-term effects of the pandemic lockdowns. It is suggested that children should achieve 60 minutes of exercise a day; in order to attract children to being physically active in our school we offer a broad array of different activities and sports to appeal to everyone.
Not only does exercise improve a child’s overall health and fitness it helps to improve their mental health and cognitive development as well, by doing physical exercise, children are more likely to concentrate and maintain focus in lessons. As well as strengthening muscle and bones, exercise builds confidence, inspires positivity and improves social skills. We offer a variety of lunchtime and afterschool clubs, which allow children the opportunity to learn new skills and participate in school competitions. A list of our clubs can be found on our website.
At Paddocks Primary School, our vision for all children to experience excellent physical education, school sport and physical activity that will lead to life-long participation. Our P.E curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities by providing a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for all to be enjoyed.
A high quality P.E curriculum will develop physical literacy and will allow pupils to learn about themselves, the important of a healthy life-style, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It also contributes to the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision-making and analysis, and social skills including teamwork and communication.
Our PE curriculum will be inclusive and ensure that pupils of all abilities access the range of activities we offer and that they are physically active for sustained periods of time in order to encourage them to lead healthy, active lives. There will also be opportunities for pupils to take on leadership roles in which they can build character and embed values such as fairness and respect. Regular participation in sport and physical activity can help to reduce the risk of heart failure; improve physical fitness; help with weight management; promote good health; instil self- discipline; develop skill; improve self- confidence; reduce stress and develop lifelong learning skills.
A high quality physical education curriculum can inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We are improving our programme of intra and inter school competitions, which will provide opportunities for pupils to participate in competitive sports and activities both in and beyond the curriculum.
Our mission is to improve and increase the quality and quantity of high quality PE for pupils, to show how PE can enhance pupils’ attainment and achievement and to create pathways for them to continue to be active beyond school. We will be developing our links to outside agencies and clubs, which will help to generate positive interaction in the community.
What does P.E look like at Paddocks? - Our Curriculum Implementation
- 2 hours of PE timetabled every week for each class.
- Experienced sports coaches work alongside teachers and run after school and lunchtime clubs.
- We have strong links with our local secondary schools and participate in inter school competitions.
- We have been awarded GOLD mark for Sainsbury’s School Games three years running.
- 100% of pupils in Key Stage 2 have attended intra-school competitions.
- As an active school we offer level 1 and 2 Bikeablility training for Years 5 and 6.
- Year 4 have the opportunity to swim (Y4 swimming gala).
- Every year, all children participate in a school sports day; this promotes a competitive nature alongside team work, independence and resilience.
- School Sports Leaders, selected from children in Year 5 and 6, run small group activities in lower Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 1 during lunch breaks.
- All classes take part in the Personal Challenge Board, where each half term they take part in class based activities to help prepare and ready themselves for learning. These might take the form of a skipping challenge or burpees within a set time limit.