PE: Sports, dance and swimming
Statement of Intent
Our aim is to inspire all children to find enjoyment in sport and physical activity, not only in school, but as part of everyday life. We hope that children will find a physical activity that they enjoy taking part in either as part of a team or individually and that this will encourage them to live healthy, active lives.
Through dance we want children to develop their health and fitness levels, with a clear understanding of the impact of exercise on their physical and mental wellbeing. We want children to flourish in their dance by using creativity and imagination when choreographing pieces in response to a stimulus. With fitness, creativity and skill, children will reach great heights by developing transferable positive attitudes and values alongside an appreciation of dance in all forms. For some children, the dance they learn in school will provide the spark needed to embark on a long term interest, or even career, in dance.
Children access swimming lessons at our local Leisure Centre where they are taught by specialist swimming coaches. Utilising this local resource helps children to recognise that a high quality facility is on their doorstep and we ensure that we equip them with the necessary skills to do so confidently.
Our School’s PE and Sport Provision
In April 2013 the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education and sport. This funding was to be used by schools to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels of which they are capable.
At our school we chose to spend our allocation of additional funding to employ an excellent specialist PE teacher, Ruth Ruck, to work alongside teachers from Reception to Year 3 in their weekly PE lessons. Our expectation is that this will increase our teachers’ subject knowledge and confidence in PE and greatly enhance pupils’ skills in terms of small sided games.
Sports lessons at Horfield provide children with opportunities to become physically confident in a range of situations and to develop their health and fitness. Competitive sports and other activities build children’s character and help to embed key values such as fairness, teamwork, friendship, co-operation and respect.
In Key Stage 1, children are taught a range of fundamental movement skills, so that they gain competence and confidence. Agility, balance and coordination are taught and the children engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
In Key Stage 2, children apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. Children communicate, collaborate and compete with each other in attacking and defending games and striking games. They develop an understanding of how to improve their performance and how to evaluate and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
Across the school, children take part in lessons which develop their repertoire of dance knowledge and skills, such as canon, unison and performing with musicality. Additionally children in Year 1 and Year 5 are invited to participate in out of hours Dance Clubs where they prepare dance performances for Bristol’s annual celebration of dance at prestigious professional venues.
Swimming instruction is provided from Y1 – Y6 and children benefit from additional opportunities to participate in swimming galas. We are very well placed with a state of the art Leisure Centre within walking distance and teach the children to value and use this local facility in order to support their fitness out of school hours. Staff capitalise on the opportunity to discretely teach the children road safety skills and advise about stranger danger during their walks to and from the centre.
Lunchtime Fun in the Sun – Sports Equipment and Playpod resources
Out of Hours PE opportunities
Miss Moss rehearses children during school sessions for Bristol’s annual celebration of dance "Stages" which takes place at the Colston Hall every February (whilst Colston Hall is being rebuilt, Stages has been held at The Anson Rooms).
Miss Turner runs a Dance Club every Thursday after school for Years 5 and 6.
Children at KS2 enjoy opportunities to play football after school on various days of the week! Shine run regular football sessions after school for various year groups. They also run the football team on a Thursday after school for Year 5 & 6.
Mrs Ruck coaches Netball for pupils from years 5 and 6 and they are enjoying opportunities to play Netball against neighbouring schools.
Mrs Ruck also runs a running club on Tuesdays after school for pupils from years 4, 5 and 6.
Children value opportunities to develop their sports skills after school and during the summer holidays with the highly experienced team of sports coaches.
Opportunities for cycle training with Bikeability take place for Year 5 & 6 providing valued sessions at a time of developing independence.
Long distance running
Children have taken part in trials and Sports Days run externally throughout the year and following those trials, some of our children have been chosen to represent Bristol.
We also hold our annual Sports Day in May where every child takes part in various activities through the day, and our parents are invited to join us in the morning.