At Thakeham Primary School we aim to encourage children to develop a positive attitude towards achieving and enjoying a healthy lifestyle, whilst at school, home and during adult life and that the children’s experience of PE is positive and motivating. We provide a wide range of sports which allow children to experience the pleasure and fun of participating alongside their peers, so they can become confident to both strive to better themselves and also be familiar with the challenge of competition. We work together to ensure the individual needs of each child are recognised and their talents and skills nurtured to enable them to be successful and confident. Our aims for PE are reflected in our School Vision:
High quality learning and teaching are at the heart of our school. We nurture and celebrate each child’s individual talents and skills to enable them to be happy, confident and resilient individuals with a passion for learning, inspired to achieve their very best. Through encouraging a strong sense of respect and responsibility, both within our local community and the wider world, we support our children to be co-operative, caring citizens for the future.
By participating in physical activity before, during and after school, children gain a range of physical, social, emotional and intellectual benefits. Physical activity opportunities can be provided through health and physical education activities, sport, recreation and games.
It is important that children are given opportunities to participate in a range of enjoyable physical activities and good nutrition habits at an early age so they will be more likely to continue being physically active throughout the rest of their lives.
We offer high quality teaching and learning opportunities through a partnership with the PE departments of Steyning Grammar School and the instructors at MXT Swimming.
Our Long-Term planning for each class, sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year by our class teachers in collaboration with the PE teachers from Steyning Grammar School and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. This plan is designed and tracked by the PE Co-ordinator. Pupils participate in at least 2 hours of high-quality PE lessons each week, covering one or two different sports/ skills focuses each half term. All PE lessons are planned so that the lesson can take place whatever the weather using the hall, playground or field as appropriate. Children have experience of team building, athletics, games, dance, gymnastics and outdoor adventurous activities during their time at Thakeham Primary School. Children in Key Stage 2 swim once a week year during the summer term (in place of one of their PE sessions). Children benefit from use of the MXT Swim School for this purpose on our Rock Road campus. Lessons are led by qualified and experienced coaches. Key Stage 2 children complete the Golden Mile twice a week are encouraged to ‘keep moving’ through the session. They are taught how to warm up for the activity, with the older children leading this activity. They are shown how to pace themselves and then afterwards the importance of cooling down safely.
Sporting Clubs are offered two mornings a week and the children are consulted on the sporting activity on offer. Children are encouraged to stay active at break and lunch times and can access a variety of equipment to use a these times. Year 5 and 6 children can become Play Leaders for the school. Training for this is provided by our PE Co-ordinator. The Play Leaders develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with and organising games at break times.
Our Locality Stars School Group deliver Taster Sessions and Tournaments across Key Stage 1 and 2 throughout the year in a range of sporting activities. This is 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 children.
Every summer we hold a whole school Sports’ Week with a theme linked to a major sporting event such as The World Cup or Olympics Games. We encourage participation in local sports clubs by inviting local coaches within our community to lead taster sessions during this week as well various opportunities across the school year. This week is dedicated to encouraging pupil participation in sports and developing skills. This often also serves the purpose of extending children’s experiences in sports, they may not have otherwise engaged in. This Sports’ Week culminates in a Sports’ Day which includes both competitive and non-competitive track and field events at an age appropriate level. Children are encouraged to have fun and develop their physical skills, perseverance, determination and resilience.
Upper key stage 2 children experience a residential activity week where they continue to develop their skills of resilience, perseverance and team building through a range of adventurous sporting activities such as: abseiling, climbing, zip line and archery.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children will have regular opportunities to negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others; demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing and move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing. Discrete PE lessons are taught each week by the class teacher.
At Thakeham Primary School, we ensure that all children receive a broad and balanced PE curriculum regardless of year group or ability and that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Our pupils are physically active and this has positive implications on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. We aspire for all our children to be engaged, motivated and enjoy PE and develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life outside of primary school. All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson. Throughout PE lessons children are actively involved in their own target making and progress, with teachers providing ‘in the moment’ feedback and support. Year 6 pupils leave school with the skills to self-rescue in the water and swim 25 metres competently.
By the end of KS2, the children will have built on and embedded the physical development and skills learnt across key stages 1 and 2 and be ready to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities throughout the key stage 3 curriculum. Our partnership with Steyning Grammar School PE department, enables children as they leave year 6, to be familiar with their secondary school PE teachers, formats to lessons and the high level of resilience and attitude to learning that will be expected of them as they move into year 7. Additionally, the Steyning Grammar School PE teachers already know our pupils’ abilities and levels of attainment which ensures they have an excellent start to their physical education in key stage 3.