Physical Education (P.E) is an important statutory subject and is taught at Peel Hall Primary School throughout Early Years, following into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
The minimum statutory requirement for all schools is to deliver the new national curriculum.
Aims of the New National Curriculum:
- Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- Children are physically active for sustained periods of time
- Engage in competitive sports and activities
- Lead healthy, active lives
At Peel Hall, PE is taught as a stand-alone subject.
For the children in early years provision, P.E is covered by the following early learning goals:
- Moving and Handling – By the end of Early Years provision, children should show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They will move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They will be able to handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
- Health and self Care – By the end of Early Years provision, children will know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They should be able to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, this includes dressing and going to the toilet independently.
In Key Stage 1, children will develop their fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. The children engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
For Key Stage 1 P.E is delivered through the use of sport coaches on Thursday afternoons. Children also take part in Teacher led dance lessons for 30 minutes once a week.
In Key Stage 2, children 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 communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. They will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Sports is delivered by the sports coaches for children in Key Stage 2 on the following days:
- Year 3 and Year 4: Thursday mornings
- Year 5 and Year 6: Wednesday mornings
In addition children in Year 4 attend weekly swimming lessons on Tuesday Mornings. During these sessions children are taught to:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
It is a vital part of the National Curriculum, which provides children with essential life skills, developing both their fine motor skills and gross motor skills.
In addition to the curriculum offered in school, Peel Hall Primary School also offers children the chance to enhance their skills further with after schools clubs and outdoor pursuits.