Sedbergh Primary School recognises and values the importance of Physical Education (PE).
PE at Sedbergh Primary School aims to develop a fun, high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sports and other physically-demanding activities. We do this through fully adhering to the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to ensure that all children:
- 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
It is our intention to build a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, as well as developing values and transferrable life skills such as tolerance, fairness and respect. Through enrichment activities and intra-school competitions, we aim to raise the profile of PE and expose our children to sports they may never have had the opportunity to engage with. Our PE syllabus is based on the National Curriculum framework with a clear progression structure from Reception to Year 6. This progression of skills has been planned in order to build on the skills needed to meet the end of Key Stage objectives in the National Curriculum. Additionally, an imperative element of the curriculum at Sedbergh shows a need for healthy life styles, a balanced diet, positive growth mind-set and the resilience to persevere. We are passionate about the need to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.
Our PE curriculum is not taught by following just one particular scheme. Different aspects of PE are taught by following different schemes which are in accordance with the National Curriculum. The schemes are used to aid teaching staff in their subject knowledge and planning of PE. Teachers are able to adjust and change lessons to suit the needs of their classes but the schemes provide a strong basis of what is expected in each year group. Each class has access to two hours of high quality physical activity every week. These are either taught by the class teacher or by a contracted PE specialist. Sedbergh Primary School also uses local organisations to help widen experiences in areas of physical education that the pupils would ordinarily not experience. Each lesson, children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed it. Different skills are recapped throughout, and across, the years, each time they are being built upon; allowing children to know more and remember more. Throughout the Autumn term, Year 5 and Year 6 pupils receive weekly swimming lessons with Year 4 swapping with Year 6 in the Spring term. The aim is that by the end of Year 6 all children are able to swim a minimum of 25m unassisted. The strongest swimmers try to attain differing levels of SEAL awards which focus on swimming stamina and life-saving. We offer a range of sporting after-school / lunchtime / morning clubs run by both teaching staff and outside agencies. Each year, we also make use of the local lakes by arranging for the Junior classes to partake in kayaking and sailing activities run by specialist coaches. A range of inter and intra events run throughout the school year, giving children opportunities to take part in competitive sports. We have forged strong links with the local comprehensive school and with the nearby Prep. School; both helping to provide Sedbergh Primary with a wide range of competitive sporting events, including: tag rugby, football, netball, athletics, cross-country, hockey, rounders and swimming.
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Sedbergh Primary School; not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines that PE promotes. In all classes, children learn about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of your own health and fitness. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. Children at Sedbergh make good progress in PE and are eager to attend school clubs and competitive sports events.