At Gillibrand we aim to develop a fun and engaging high-quality PE curriculum that ensures children attain good physical and emotional development and health. We offer a dynamic and varied program of activity to ensure that all children progress physically through a unique and fully inclusive PE curriculum. Through PE, we inspire the children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills such as working in a team, communication skills and understanding fairness and equality. We do this through fully adhering to the aims of the national curriculum and fostering a healthy curiosity and interest in a range of sports. We are proud to offer children the opportunity to take part sports such as judo, archery, tennis, cricket, basketball and dance. We believe that PE encompasses life-long skills which children will develop as they begin their journey in reception. All children participate in competitive sport which can be against self and/ or others. Children also are able to gain teamwork skills and develop their problem solving through the use of our orienteering course in our school grounds.
The learning of good physical development and health is an integral part of our PE lessons. The progression of skills for PE are developed through the year groups and children’s skills are built upon previous skills taught within lessons. At Gillibrand, teachers create a positive attitude to PE learning within their lessons and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in PE.
Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of PE involves the following;
- PE is taught in planned blocks based upon the skills which are being taught. Teachers have a choice of sports to teach based on the skills and the choices of the year group being taught ensuring that progression can be seen through all year groups.
- Pupils participate in high quality PE lessons every week, taught by a teacher or specialised outside agency. In addition, pupils are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. KS2 children also have the opportunity at play times to use the gym equipment on the playground.
- Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events and festivals within the local area which encourage not only the development of their physical skills but teamwork and communication skills.
- Year 3 children have the opportunity to swim for an hour once a week for at least 15 weeks.
- Teachers encourage children to be active every day through the use of the mile track and activities at lunch time.
- We inspire children to develop good physical and emotional well-being and good health.
The successful approach to the teaching of PE at Gillibrand results in a fun, engaging, high quality physical education, that ensures progression, retention of fundamental skills and provides children with the knowledge of how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understanding of the importance of regular exercise. We hope children enjoy PE and develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life outside of primary school. All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson.