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). We do make sure that children are aware why they need to learn these fundamental skills and how we use these skills in all the different types of sports available in school. Children get the opportunity to apply these skills during fun and exciting team game lessons.
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).
Sports week involve a whole week of exciting, gentle competitive team games as well as the opportunity to experience new ways of being active. Activities include events such as a joint school mini-marathon, skipping workshops, multi skills carousal of activities and many more challenges. On the last day we end our week with a well attended sports day which gives each child the opportunity to participate in games and races of a gently competitive nature whilst being supported by their teachers, peers and parents.
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: