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Curriculum Area - PE

 

Mrs L Stainbank (Infant School) and Mr T O'Sullivan (Junior School) are our PE Curriculum Leaders.

Intent

 

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 school sport opportunities, we promote positive attitudes to health and wellbeing, the development of fundamental skills and a love for being active.

 

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 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 aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at our school, through the sporting skills we teach as well as through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.

 

Implementation

 

During physical education lessons, children develop fundamental skills and knowledge. As well as developing physical PE skills we also encourage creativity, collaboration and self-challenge.

Our curriculum equips children with the essential abilities to maximise potential, and enjoy long-term participation in physical activity and sport. We use the Complete PE scheme to support teaching and learning across the school.

 

Across the year children consolidate and further develop their skills through a range of competitive activities, which include games such as tag rugby, football, cricket, high 5 netball, gymnastics, dance and athletics.

 

Through our community links and membership of our Buckinghamshire School Sports Partnership, our children attend competitive sporting events including ‘PE festivals’ within the local area. All these festivals embody an inclusive approach which endeavours 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.

 

At the Infant School we have a a great scheme called Play leaders, whereby year 2 children are trained to lead games and play with the younger children. This is a great opportunity to develop valuable communication, organisation and leadership skills.

 

At the Junior School we have a fantastic scheme called Sports Leaders, whereby year six children plan and lead a club for four weeks. 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.

 

Swimming is currently offered across three year groups (years 4, 5 and 6) in order to make up the opportunity and learning lost due to Covid19.

 

Other Initiatives - Implementation

 

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 for selected children to increase their physical activity and improve their wellbeing.

 

The children 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:

 

  • Participate in a new type of sports club that is all about moving and having fun rather than competing against others
  • Lead and take ownership of a club – they create the activities themselves
  • Increase their self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Most important of all – have fun!

 

Wake and Shake and Activity Sessions

 

‘Activity sessions’ are used at our Infant School. They include activities such as action songs, skipping and using the hula-hoop.  We do these sessions after lunch to wake us all up ready for the afternoon's learning - both children and staff!

 

'Wake and Shake' and ‘Activity Sessions’ are used at our Junior school. ‘Wake and Shake’ is a simple routine set to music that we do as a whole school for five minutes every day. 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! Activity sessions are also 5 minutes each day. They include activities such as action songs, skipping and using the hula-hoop.  We do these sessions after lunch to wake us all up ready for the afternoon's learning - both children and staff!

 

Extra-curricular clubs

 

An extensive range of lunchtime and after school activities support our curriculum, and form the link to competitive opportunities. Link to clubs.

 

Impact

 

Staff track the success of each child in our distance marking sheets. Noting who has exceeded expectations and those that need further support or practice so that we ensure all children progress.

 

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.


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