PE and Sports
PE and Sports
At Warwick Road School, we follow a broad and balanced PE curriculum fulfilling the demands of the National Curriculum.
- To ensure that all children participate in physical activity every week.
- To develop the fitness levels of the individual child by ensuring a good pace in lesson and incorporating fitness activities into PE lessons, as appropriate.
- Involve the community where possible e.g. inter-school matches, outside coaching to prepare children for competitions.
- Provide enjoyable experiences, which help to develop positive attitudes of sensitivity, co-operation, competition and tolerance.
Our school uses the National Curriculum as a basis for planning in PE. We plan our lessons according to the local circumstances of the school and encourage staff to work thematically wherever possible. This enhances the student learning experience.
In Early Years and the Foundation Stage, we encourage the physical development of our children. In Reception and Nursery classes, we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years. We encourage the children to develop control of the way they move and the way they handle tools and equipment. We give children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge (indoors and outdoors), using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.
In Key Stage 1, we teach motor skill related fitness (agility, balance and co-ordination), dance, gymnastics attacking and defending games, striking and fielding games and finally athletics.
In Key Stage 2, we teach multi skills, exploration of movement, athletics, attacking and fielding games, striking and defending games and finally orienteering. Swimming and water safety is also taught in Year 4.
The curriculum planning in PE is carried out in two phases (long-term and short-term). The long-term plan maps out the PE activities covered in each term during the year. Our short-term plans give details of each unit of work for each week. These plans define what we teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across each term.
In addition to the PE lessons that are taught by the class teachers, children at Warwick Road school are provided with a wealth of further sport opportunities. We are proud members of the North Kirklees School Sports Partnership (SSP), which works to improve sport, both within and beyond the curriculum. Many children have already taken part in a variety of activity days, competitions and sport training held by the SSP this year, such as: Sports Hall Athletics, Football competitions, Reluctant Participation Festival and many more. We are also very pleased to announce that we have received gold standard for school games mark (2022)!
Lunchtime staff are now trained in delivering a range of sport activities to keep the children active and engaged during lunchtime in the playground. A variety of after school clubs, run by staff, are also offered to our pupils to increase sport participation and confidence by enabling pupils to safely practise and develop their physical skills through a wide range of games. Each term the clubs being run will change, we hope by offering a variety of sports clubs pupils will have a chance to participate in a sport club they enjoy.
The last academic year (21-22) was a sporting success; our pupils took part in many sporting clubs and competitions within school, as well as taking part in sporting activities outside school, such as football, rounders and cricket tournaments with other schools. We have worked tremendously hard and, as a result, the school were awarded 'Gold' by the ‘School Game' awarding body. This award demonstrates how, as a school, we prioritise sports and physical activity, and understand how it benefits our pupil’s health and wellbeing as well as their education. We also organised our first balance bike festival, on site, for Key Stage 1, which was a great success and huge enjoyment!
Over the next year, we are aiming to work with pupils, parents, governors and the community in sustaining our Gold Award.
We are aiming to enter a number of sporting events in which all our pupils will be able to take part in. We will be creating a number of teams for different sports and hope to compete with other schools in these events. This will allow our school to adopt a sporting culture. These tournaments will allow our pupils a chance to showcase the skills they have acquired during their time at our school. It will allow pupils a chance to work towards achieving success in these sporting tournaments, providing a sense of pride for their hard work. Furthermore, it will offer a chance for the pupils to show and develop their sportsmanship and resilience, through both winning and losing.
We feel that developing the sporting culture amongst all our pupils will allow our pupils to leave Warwick Road feeling confident in sports, thus allowing our pupils to grow into young health active adults.
We are looking at introducing some further initiatives in order to help us create this sporting culture where pupils enjoy different sports and physical activity.
Children at Warwick Road are also given the opportunity to take part in the Bikeability training course. The programme is delivered to children in year 5 and year 6, and works to develop road sense and understanding and awareness of varying traffic conditions. The course has been a huge success at Warwick Road Primary School and is an excellent example of how PE is promoted beyond the curriculum.