At Witherley, Physical Education is a vital part of our school curriculum. It gives children the opportunity to be active and promotes good physical fitness. Through teaching P.E. children are given the early exposure to team sports as well as teaching children the importance of exercise as a lifelong habit. Physical Education develops children motor skills, promotes self discipline, reduces stress, instills self worth, strengthens social skills and improves our mental health.
At Witherley C.E. Primary School we believe that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that progressively cover the requirements of the PE National Curriculum and inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. We want to teach children skills to keep them safe such as being able to swim. We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Our curriculum is achieved through a blend of teaching games and skills with Twinkl Move alongside the dance units of work from our Dimensions Curriculum ‘Learning Means the World’. We aim to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Witherley, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.
PE at Witherley C.E. Primary School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance and swimming, as well as the basic skills needed for these.
The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.
Pupils participate in a 2-hour high quality PE lesson each week, covering different sporting disciplines every half term, with dance units of work incorporated through the appropriate Dimensions Thematic Units of work. Lunch time activities will become available each day to children across the school and encourage 30 minutes of additional physical activity each day with the Happy Lunchtimes Scheme.
Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavors to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children. Competitions will be selected by class teachers and those sporting disiplines will be incorporated over the half term.
A small group of Year 6 children are invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, our annual Sports day and any other Sporting activities, alongside supporting activities during lunchtimes.
Children participate in workshops covering a variety of sports throughout the year which are offered to the school through clubs in the local community. These have previously included Tennis and Judo.
Children in KS2 undertake swimming lesson during the academic year. Children in Year 5 and 6 swim once a week during the Autumn term. Children in Year 3 and 4 swim once a week during the Spring and Summer term.
We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.
Physical activity in Explorers is about developing core strength, gross and fine motor control. Different activities, every day develop our physical abilities and strength.