Butleigh C of E Primary School: Physical Education
Sport is a vital element of our school. Every child should be able to find a sport or activity that he or she enjoys, whether it is among the traditional team sports of Football, Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Rounders and Cricket, or among the other opportunities we provide such as Dance, Gymnastics, Swimming or Athletics.
Since 2013 the Government provided schools with new funding of £150 million for the development of Physical Education in school. This funding should be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sports provision.
Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the provision in their individual settings but with clear objectives to:
Ø Increase in participation rates and success in competitive school sports
Ø Ensure an inclusive curriculum
Ø Develop the range of provision and opportunities for alternative sporting activities
Ø Improve and embed partnership work on physical education with other schools and other
Ø Develop a greater awareness amongst pupils about the dangers of obesity, smoking and
other such activities that undermine pupils’ health.
The Physical Education at Butleigh School is delivered by sports specialists, who not only teach the National Curriculum but also offer after school sports clubs to all ages and abilities.
We are making the best use of the additional sports funding, provided by the government, by enhancing and developing PE and Sport within our school. All children all have a weekly PE session, the younger children at Key Stage One in addition also have a weekly Motor skills session. At Key Stage Two the children have additional Dance Lessons half a term each, throughout the school year. We also offer the opportunity to join an after school sports club which offer sports ranging from Multi-Skills, Hockey, Netball and Football to Striking & Fielding.
We are very fortunate to be able to provide weekly swimming lessons for all children from Reception to Year Six, all year round. A small part of the funding has provided the opportunity for all swimming teaching staff to complete a comprehensive swimming qualification to ensure all of our teachers are at the highest possible standard and up-to date with current practices and techniques. This was all made possible through the sports funding.
The theme of our school PE lessons varies throughout the year and includes: multi-skills, gymnastics, outdoor education, net and wall games and athletics.
In our physical education assessment we have looked at both personal and social attributes as well as physical.
The personal element has concentrated on our ability to concentrate on a task and improve performance through practice. It has also looked at the ability to find quickly the correctlevel in our individual skills to make progress; to either learn something new or improve on something we can do to a higher standard.
The social element has highlighted the role we can play in developing others. Peer coaching and knowing how to observe and support others has been present in a huge amount of the work we have done. As a result children understand more clearly how to observe correctly and provide support and feedback to help their partners develop their work.
Children are encouraged to make the most of their talents and all have the chance to represent the School in fixtures against other schools.
If there is a major sporting event taking place during the school year, we like to embrace it and tailor our P.E sessions to suit the event (e.g Olympic Games or FIFA World Cup). We have held Olympic Week, World Cup days and Rugby Tournaments making strong links to current events.