Physical education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities.
Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills, and it promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus we enable the children to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.
The objectives of teaching PE in our school are:
• to enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and coordination;
• to encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations;
• to develop the way children perform skills, and apply rules and conventions, for different activities;
• to show children how to improve the quality and control of their performance;
• to teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise;
• to develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination;
• to develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities, and how to evaluate their own success.
Physical Activity at Wyndham
Each pupil at Wyndham undertakes daily physical exercise in the Foundation Stage within a specialised external play area. Pupils also use the fully equipped sports hall and school hall for structured activities.
All pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 have at least 2 hours worth of physical exercise each week. For further information regarding the PE curriculum that is delivered please see the sport specific folders or please speak to Mr Peddie as our PE Lead or Mrs Cleary.
PE is further supplemented in Key Stage 2 by the use of The Golden Mile. The Golden Mile is an initiative that we have adopted to encourage pupils to walk, run, skip, hop etc around a track on the school yard to encourage pupils to increase the amount of physical activity that they participate in each day during their break and lunchtimes. During lessons teachers also use The Golden Mile as an opportunity to re-energise pupils as well as increasing the time pupils spent involved in physical activity.
Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 also have daily physical exercise during morning and lunchtime breaks on one of two well-equipped schoolyards stocked with resources. Staff are on duty to co-ordinate a range of active playground games.
Years 3 (Summer term 2) and 4 (Autumn term 1) attend twice weekly swimming lessons at a local swimming pool.
Year 6 take part in an annual residential trip during their first half of the Autumn term in which they take part in a series of physical activities including; orienteering, scavenger hunting, assault courses and climbing ladders.
Inter-house competitions take place on a half-termly basis in KS1 and KS2. The clubs are supported, and on occasions delivered, by pupils who are Sports Leaders and House Captains. Each half-term a different sport or area of the PE curriculum is the focus of the competition. The points gained throughout the competition are added to the house totals and contribute towards the end of year prize of the trip to the winning house.
During the Summer term Sports Days take place in EYFS and KS1/2 covering traditional sporting activities however the focus during these events is participation.
All of our activities are supported by a variety of sports clubs lead by school staff and visiting professionals both at lunchtimes and after-school.
The school is part of SMART Multi Academy Trust within another 7 schools. Each school has a Sports Coordinator to bring the MAT schools together for inter-school sport and sporting opportunities.
Teaching and Learning of PE
In all classes children have a wide range of physical ability. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies:
• setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of results (e.g. timed events, such as an 80m sprint);
• setting tasks of increasing difficulty, where not all children complete all tasks (e.g. the high jump);
• grouping children by ability, and setting different tasks for each group (e.g. different games);
• providing a range of challenge through the provision of different resources (e.g. different gymnastics equipment).
For further information regarding the PE curriculum that is delivered please see the sport specific folders within this page or please speak to Mr Peddie as our PE Lead or Mrs Cleary.