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Physical Education

At Sandown our aim is to deliver a high-quality PE curriculum, as well as offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

We believe that a rich and varied PE curriculum can improve attainment, attendance and behaviour. Physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development. Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others.

Through our PE provision we aim to develop the skills and attitudes needed for every child to have a lifelong participation in physical activity and healthy living.

A good PE curriculum inspires pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

We aim to:

  • promote an enjoyment of physical activity
  • help children to be more skilful in the ways they control their movements and develop co-ordination.
  • develop positive attitudes to health, hygiene and fitness
  • teach children how the body responds to activity
  • contribute to children’s social and emotional development
  • promote children’s confidence and self-esteem
  • embed qualities such as commitment, fairness, tolerance and concern for others
  • help children cope with losing and develop a sense of sportsmanship

Foundation Stage

During the Foundation Stage, children will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills that promote their own physical development.

Lessons will concentrate on:

  • the development of manipulative and motor skills
  • experience of spatial awareness, control and co-ordination
  • playing games
  • movement
  • the importance of caring after our bodies
  • sharing, turn taking, choosing and making decisions

Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2

Children should develop movement skills, become increasingly confident and have a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.

They should be able to engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns

Key Stage 2 - Years 3 to 6

Children should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different activities and sports, and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and show improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • children will be given opportunities to master these skills by attending a variety of sporting after school clubs

For additional information about this subject, please contact the school office and ask to speak to the subject leader.

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