Intent - What does PE look like at Sandcross?
Sandcross School believes passionately that we deliver a high-quality Physical Education teaching and learning programme in an environment that is safe and supportive. This is essential so that children can maximise their physical, emotional development and good health. PE can embed values that our children can carry forward for the rest of their lives. We want to motivate young people to work together, to develop their strengths, and to address any weaknesses. So along with competition, any team building exercise should encourage collaboration and cooperation. Our curriculum aims to improve the health and wellbeing of all, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.
Our PE curriculum is designed to challenge, develop and nurture the “Whole Child‟ with a mission of “Inspiring Lifelong Success‟.
Implementation - So, how are we going to deliver this?
PE at Sandcross creates a positive environment by setting a challenging and enjoyable learning environment. This is achieved through a range of sporting activities including Dance, Gymnastics, Invasion Games, Net & Wall Games, Strike and Field Games, Swimming, and Outdoor & Adventure.
Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week with the class teacher taking one lesson and the other lesson with sport specialists, two sporting disciplines are covered every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunch time sports clubs are being made available and children will be able to attend after school clubs.
The curriculum focuses on the development of athletic skills and reflects the development of fundamental skills. The ABC’s are basic athletic abilities namely agility, balance, and coordination. To move properly and develop athletic skills they must first develop fundamental motor skills. These skills can then be learnt and applied by providing activities that encourage; balancing (dynamic and static), bending, climbing, landing, rolling, stopping, stretching, swinging, turning, twisting, dodging, galloping, jumping for height and distance, leaping, running, skipping, walking, catching, dribbling (feet/hands), kicking, striking, and throwing. These skills can then be applied to enable them to participate in activities that require decision making for example through team games.
Sandcross aims to meet the government target of each child exercising for sixty minutes a day. The introduction of the ‘Daily Mile’ has encouraged children to get outside and exercise daily. We have also encouraged interval training and launched the ‘Lapland Run’ over Christmas where every child’s daily distance is recorded in a team effort to get the form group to Lapland.
Competition is important at Sandcross and children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This encourages our children to have goals to push for and take on challenges. This approach encourages not only physical development but also mental well-being and helps develop teamwork and leadership skills. There is a realisation that the individual talent needs accumulating into game understanding and team chemistry.
Developing leadership skills is especially important throughout the child’s time at Sandcross. At the beginning of each year, a small group of Year 6 children are invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They work with staff to develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs, our annual Sports Day and any other sporting activities.
Children in Year 3 swim once a week for 10 weeks during the Spring Term. Children who are unable to swim have the extra opportunity to continue their development at a later time.
Sandcross is in the heart of a big community and we share close links with local partners and are looking to increase these links. Increasing parents and children’s knowledge of available sports and outside clubs is a big focus. This includes promoting local clubs and events. We link with Active Surrey where all children are able to engage in additional school challenges like Physifun, Skipping Workshops, Table Tennis, Dance workshops and winter and summer inter form challenges. We provide an all-inclusive physical education curriculum where all children can participate and engage in a range of activities.
Impact - What difference is this curriculum making to our children?
All the students at Sandcross will participate in regular PE lessons. The lessons will be enjoyable and challenging with opportunities to participate in a variety of extra activities during the school day. This will focus on cardiovascular improvement so that we can have a big impact on children’s fitness and health and wellbeing. This includes the ‘daily mile’, ‘run to Lapland’, circuits, skipping and interval challenges. New equipment for each year group will encourage positive and fun activities during movement breaks and lunch times. Regular exercise is vital in the fight against child obesity. We all know the many health problems that are associated with obesity and how important it is to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
We believe strongly that physical exercise helps children relieve stress and anxiety. Our children today are arguably under more pressure than ever, so it is vital for them to have an outlet for this stress. The PE lessons will give them the opportunity to express themselves in a positive environment. Staff will set up sports in groups and by giving individuals different roles will help our young people to improve their teamwork and leadership skills. It will also help them to form stronger bonds between peers and promote a healthy class dynamic.
The lessons will teach children to have improved self-discipline. They can implement this self-control in all aspects of their life, from better controlling their emotions to being more self-motivated with their studies. Resilience, the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties is a key challenge at Sandcross and this is marshalled throughout the PE curriculum. Creating the student’s positive mindset through developing independence, problem solving and learning from their mistakes will have a positive impact on all areas of their life and for preparing for future goals.
PE at Sandcross will develop the skills that positively impact on a child's whole school learning.