At Delves Lane Primary School, we recognise the vital contribution of Physical Education to a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development as well as the role it can play in a child’s spiritual, moral and cultural development. Physical Education provides pupils with the opportunity to be creative, competitive and develop resilience as individuals and in groups or teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy and active lifestyle and allows children to take on different roles or responsibilities such as leading, officiating and coaching.
In consideration and support of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, our PE curriculum will endeavour to facilitate:
- Article 24 – Every child has the right to the best possible health.
- Article 27 – Every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical, social and mental needs.
- Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.
- Article 31 – Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
Through the teaching of Physical Education, we intend to:
- Provide a broad and balanced, high quality PE curriculum that exceeds the requirements of the National Curriculum and encourages children to excel.
- Provide all children with exciting and varied opportunities to develop fundamental movement skills and the confidence and competence to apply their skills in different contexts.
- Provide all children with regular opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities that enrich the curriculum and promote physical activity such as: After School Clubs, Intra-school Competition and Inter-school Competitions.
- Maximise the number of children leaving Year 6 that can swim 25m confidently and competently using a range of strokes and perform safe self-rescue.
- Establish clear community links and sporting pathways which support children to continue their learning outside of school.
- Establish a positive culture around P.E., involving both children and staff, which encourages a lifelong interest in healthy, active lifestyles and physical wellbeing.
- Advance the children’s social and emotional maturity through the development of self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience, promoting at all times the values of honesty, respect, determination, fairness, tolerance, teamwork and sportsmanship.
PE is taught weekly throughout the school in half termly blocks which allows all children to experience a wide variety of dance, gymnastic, athletic, game and outdoor and adventurous activities. PE uses whole school planning tools including the LTPE Scheme to practise and apply skills through a range of physical activities and contextualised sports including competitive situations where appropriate. In addition to the above provision, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will receive an additional hour of high quality PE teaching led by an external deliverer (The Foundation of Light) to supplement their curriculum offer.
On Friday afternoons children use our outdoor OPAL – Outdoor Play and Learning provision where they will be supported by adults in a range of child-centered play opportunities focused on the development of physical outdoor skills and social & emotional qualities using a risk for learning approach.
To enrich our curriculum offer children also regularly take part in intra-school House Cup Events within their year groups and a whole school dance festival (Spring Term) and a whole school sport day (Summer Term). All year groups also attend at least one inter-school sporting festival/ competition trip outside of school with multiple Key Stage 2 children competing in various Derwentside leagues and competitions. Year 6 pupils also take part in a 3-day or 5-day residential visit. For more information on recent events, please use the following link: School Sport and Physical Activity
We also offer a wide range of popular Afterschool Clubs each night covering a wide variety of sports and wider curriculum areas. To extend this afterschool provision, there are multiple enrichment afterschool clubs taking place intended to engage pupils and/or extend pupil learning.
Children in Year 6 (Autumn Term), Year 3 (Spring Term) and Year 5 (Summer Term) undertake swimming lessons at the Swim Excellence Centre, Consett. Attainment is closely monitored collaboratively between teaching staff and center swimming coaches. Please use the following link for further information on our curriculum swimming offer: School Swimming
By the end of KS2, we expect that the majority of children will achieve age related expectations in P.E. We recognise that not all children will achieve this but all children should have made good progress from their initial starting point. Some pupils will exceed age related expectations and we will challenge such pupils effectively and encourage wider community links and sporting pathways where appropriate. Children’s knowledge, understanding and skills will build progressively over time and this will be evidenced in lesson outcomes, pupil discussions, performances and teacher assessment.
The majority of Year 6 pupils should leave school with the skills to perform safe self-rescue in the water and swim 25 metres confidently and competently using a range of strokes.