At Holywell, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from Nursery to Year 6 not only enjoy but also allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that motivates all pupils to thrive and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We have a skills based curriculum that looks at the skills that can used across a range of sports, rather than focussing on the sports first. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We also have a range of opportunities to compete in sporting competitions and other activities, against each other and surrounding schools, which help build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
are physically active for sustained periods of time
engage in competitive sports and activities
lead healthy, active lives
Children are taught each week by either teaching staff or a qualified sports instructor from Nursery to Year 6. Each lesson is skills based, with the children learning how to use the skills and develop their abilities. As the children move up through the school, they will be taught how to use those skills in a variety of sports, and learn the rules and regulations of all positions in those sports. Children also have the opportunity to partake in lunch, breakfast and afterschool clubs, all run by qualified coaches, which offer the chance to hone skills in a variety of sports including football, basketball, netball, gymnastics and even archery. We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to not only participate, but to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further.
We have a group of Year 5 children who have taken on the role of Play Leaders. They offer a range of sporting activities for children to participate in at lunchtime. Our Year 6s are also given the chance to be a member of the Sports Crew, who help organise sporting events in the school, and learn how to manage the equipment.