Physical Education

PE and Sport

At Wansdyke School, we believe that through sport and PE, children develop many inter-personal skills, such as cooperation, confidence, fair play, tolerance, teamwork, self-discipline and perseverance.  It also develops their physical literacy, development and knowledge of the body in action.  Our physical education provides opportunities for all pupils to be creative, competitive and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups or teams.  We promote active and healthy lifestyles. Pupils learn to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities.  They learn to plan, perform and evaluate ideas, actions and performances and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity, as well as developing the ability to give and receive sensitive feedback.

Aims and Objectives

Recognising the importance of PE as part of British Values, Wansdyke School primarily teaches from the RealPe scheme. The school aims to provide a balanced PE programme developing the children’s fundamental movement skills, so that children at different stages of development, of varying ability and of either gender, have the opportunity to experience a variety of athletic activities, gymnastics, dance and outdoor pursuits as prescribed by the National Curriculum, in as safe an environment as possible.

The real PE programme provides fun and simple to follow Schemes of Work and support for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 practitioners that give them the confidence and skills to deliver outstanding PE.

It is fully aligned to the proposed National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning. The foundations of the Schemes are based on Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) of agility, balance and coordination, inclusive competition and broader essential holistic skills (creative, cognitive, social and personal skills).

We aim to:

  • Promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles by teaching children:
    1. To be physically active.
    2. To engage in activities that develop Co-ordination, balance and agility.
    3. To adopt the best possible posture and appropriate use of the body.
    4. The need for personal hygiene in relation to vigorous physical activity. (Also developed through PSHE).
  • Develop a positive attitude in life by teaching children:
    1. How to observe the conventions of fair play, honesty and sporting behaviour as individuals, team members and spectators.
    2. How to cope with success, failure and limitations in performance, thus building self-esteem.
    3. The importance of practise to consolidate their performance.
    4. To be mindful of others, thus developing interpersonal skills.
  • Ensure safe practice by teaching children:
    1. How to follow relevant rules, laws, etiquette, and safety procedures when engaged in practice or competitive activities.
    2. About the safety risks of wearing appropriate clothing, footwear and jewellery.
    3. How to lift, carry and use equipment.

The government is providing additional funding of £150 million each year for 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016 to improve provision of physical education and sport in primary schools.  This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in school.  Each school receives £8000, plus £5 per pupil on roll in January.

At Wansdyke, we pride ourselves on being a happy and healthy place to learn.  We’ve developed an action plan to ensure this funding is invested (rather than ‘spent’) to maximise the long term impact of our PE provision for pupils and staff.

We closely monitor the impact of these initiatives through assessment of children’s skills, staff and pupil feedback, uptake of clubs etc.

Plans in 2015-16 include:

  • We are focusing on embedding and making the most of RealPE, ensuring all teachers are confident in its delivery and all children are developing themselves in a fun and engaging environment.
  • Working in close conjunction with specialist PE Teachers and qualified sports coaches to support our primary teachers when teaching PE.
  • Investing in professional development opportunities in PE/sport (including providing cover to release teachers)
  • Running sports competitions or increasing participation in School Games.

If you would like any further information please contact Mr Devon or Mrs Robinson