Physical Education

“It doesn’t just come overnight, you’ve got to train for it and believe in yourself; that’s the most important thing.”

Mo Farrah

Why we teach your child physical education

P.E is an important part of a child’s education as it promotes physical activity, health, and wellbeing. We encourage children to be active for sustained periods of time, developing pupils’ competence to excel in a broad range of sports. This can also improve academic performance, cognitive function, and social skills.

Engaging in competitive sports and activities can help pupils to develop important life skills, such as teamwork, communication, and leadership, as well as promoting a sense of achievement and motivation. However, it is important that competition is balanced and inclusive, and that all pupils can participate at their own level.

We aim to support pupils to lead healthy, active lives, both now and in the future. This can have a positive impact on their overall wellbeing and quality of life.

What our curriculum looks like

Our curriculum uses Active Learning’s sequence of lessons, which provides an in-depth coverage of the content from the National Curriculum. Children learn to develop their gross and fine motor skills in the Early Years. This equips pupils with the skills needed to prepare them for invasion games, dance, gymnastics, athletics, tennis, and cricket which are all taught in Key Stage 1. These skills are then further developed in Key Stage 2 where pupils play in competitive games applying basic principles suitable for attacking and defending; develop flexibility, control, and balance; and perform dances using a range of movement patterns. Our curriculum also offers outdoor adventurous activity, where all KS2 pupils take part in climbing. In addition to this, our year 6 pupils experience a range of adventurous sports such as archery, compass trails, caving and high ropes on the residential school journey.

Swimming lessons are also taught to classes in Key Stage 2 to increase the number of pupils who can confidently swim 25m by the end of year 6.

How we teach Physical Education

As with every subject, we recognise what makes physical education unique, and as a result make pedagogical choices to ensure teaching is the best it can possibly be.

We have captured our pedagogical choice for P.E in our principles which can be seen below:

How you can help your child at home

EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

  • Talk to your child about the different food groups and the benefits of these.
  • Encourage your child to eat a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Watch Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, tutorials on YouTube.
  • Visit the Oak Academy Physical Education lessons.
  • Engage in a least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. This can be taking the stairs instead of the lift and walking short journeys instead of using the car.
  • Visit the local parks in your area. The nearest parks to Langford are: South Park, Eel Brook Common and Pineapple Park.
  • Visit your local leisure centre and swimming pool.
  • Take a walk, scoot or cycle along the River Thames.

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