Mrs A O'Dwyer (Infant School) and Miss R Murray (Junior School) are our PE Curriculum Leaders during 2017-18.
At Chalfont St Giles Village School, we believe that every child should enjoy a range of experiences within physical education and sport. Through our extensive curriculum, extra-curricular clubs and other opportunities, we promote positive attitudes to health and wellbeing, the development of fundamental skills and a love for being active.
During physical education lessons, children follow personal learning journeys based on a fundamental skills, and multi-ability approach to teaching and learning – ‘Real PE’. Our curriculum equips children with the essential abilities to maximise potential, and enjoy long-term participation in physical activity and sport. Teaching and learning focuses on three main building blocks for every sporting action, these are known as Fundamental movement skills:
The curriculum encourages creativity, collaboration and self-challenge, through six themed units per year, known as ‘multi-abilities’ which include:
In Key Stage 1, using ‘Real PE’ children explore the multi-abilities and fundamental skills through songs, stories and personal best challenges. Children begin to develop the notion of moving progressively through challenges until they reach the point of ‘failure’, then working collaboratively they ‘practice perfect’ until they can achieve consistent success – “that's when we know its time to move on to the next challenge” (Year 2 child).
In Key Stage 2, we use ‘Real PE’ to look at how fundamental skills can be combined, and their context in sporting activities. Children experiment with the ‘How?’ and ‘Why?’ of combined skills, collaboratively and creatively exploring the most effective ways of practicing and performing more complex sporting actions. “I chose to combine three different types of jumps in my sequence, a hop, a skip and a jump. It helps me go further and higher without loosing balance” (Year 3 child).
Children consolidate and further develop their fundamental skills through a range of competitive activities, ranging from more traditional activities and games such as tag rugby, football, cricket, high 5 netball, gymnastics, dance and athletics.
Change 4 Life is a national initiative aimed at getting both children and adults to:
Eat well. Move more. Live longer.
We run a ‘Change 4 Life’ club to increase children’s physical activity and wellbeing, whereby a group of children from our junior school lead a club for a group of children at our infant school.
The junior children lead fun activities, which fit into four categories (target, combat, flight and creative). They have a huge bag of equipment, which is exclusive to the club, and are able to choose what activities they do during the session. For example: archery, bowling, cheerleading, javelin, skipping, blindfolded pair work and many more!
This is a great opportunity for children to:
We have introduced 'Wake and Shake' at the infant and junior school. This is a simple routine set to music that we do as a whole school for five minutes every day. We do this after lunch to wake us all up ready for the afternoon's learning - both children and staff! The easy-to-follow routines are set to popular songs that the children are thoroughly enjoying. Each year group takes it in turns to choreograph and lead their own routines for the rest of the class. When the weather is nice we do this on the playground too!
At the Junior School we have a fantastic scheme called Sports Leaders, whereby year six children plan and lead a club for four weeks. So far the teams of Sports Leaders have run a variety of clubs for year three and four children including: tag rugby, netball, gymnastics, badminton, circuits, football, basketball and dance. This is an opportunity for children to learn valuable planning, organisation, communication and leadership skills.
We have joined a cluster of over 40 primary schools in Buckinghamshire that is run by Dr Challoner’s High School. Our level two membership gives us access to:
An extensive range of lunchtime and after school activities support our curriculum, and form the link to competitive opportunities. Link to clubs.