"PE not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood." – Unknown
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to take part in physical activity on a regular basis and become more physically confident and competent throughout their years at our school. We see Physical Education and Sport as an essential part of providing a truly well rounded education and that it is vital for the development of child’s social, emotional, physical and educational needs. We hope that, through the range of sporting opportunities, our children will develop a love and passion for health and physical activity ready for their next stages in their lives.
Our PE Curriculum reflects the ethos & aims of the school as well as the context from which our children derive. This means that our curriculum provides the necessary building blocks to develop the necessary knowledge & skills, whilst also promoting British Values, healthy lifestyles & mental wellbeing, plus excellent behaviour & attitudes.
The PE curriculum at Aston Clinton School is taught through the use of the Get Set 4 PE scheme, which ensures the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met through a progressive, skills-based programme and is 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 scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected in each year group. Each year group will practice developmentally appropriate skills through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventurous activities. Pupils in KS1 participate in one hour of high-quality PE and KS2 participate in 1 hour and 30 minutes each week, covering two sporting activities every half term. These lessons are taught by the class teacher, who based on a staff skills audit, will have had the relevant training to support them in the delivery of high-quality PE lessons.
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. Our objectives within lessons is to develop the children’s physical skill, cognitive thinking and social skills.
Year 4 pupils receive weekly swimming lessons with the aim that by the end all children are able to swim a minimum of 25 metres unassisted and understand how to remain safe in and around water. Should this not be met by the end of Year 5 children are provided with weekly top-up swimming lessons to ensure they meet the minimum of 25 metres unassisted swimming. These lessons run throughout the whole year.
We offer a wide range of sporting after-school clubs run by both teaching staff and outside agencies: Premier Sports and Game on. Lunch time clubs are paid for by school and they provide our pupil premium children with access to a wide range of sporting activities. These activities are chosen by pupils through class votes and pupil voice to ensure the clubs are successful and popular. Our Premier clubs change activities every half term to cater to a range of abilities and preferences. A range of inter and intra events run throughout the school year, giving children opportunities to take part in competitive sports. Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children.
Children leave Aston Clinton School being able to complete all basic physical tasks such as catching, running and throwing. After seven years of dance and gymnastics, most children are able to control their bodies, perform a set routine and create and perform their own routine to music, including SEN children. Most children will be able to perform skills effectively to aid them in a variety of sports, including invasion, striking and fielding and net and wall games. The curriculum is designed to prepare children for secondary school - they have experienced a wide range of sports and transferable skills such as batting have been developed. They have been taught skills/sports that they can now look to specialise in at KS3. Children will understand how to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle moving into secondary school. Through the PE lessons delivered in their time here they will have developed social, emotional ad thinking skills to help them in later life.
All children are given the opportunity to represent a school team and we instil a competitive nature into children who strive to win and perform to their best and when falling short have the character to accept defeat graciously and analyse how to improve their performance next time.
Overviews and Sample Knowledge Organisers
For more details about your child's learning, please use the following link to the year group learning pages.