"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity" John F Kennedy
At Heartwood, our school aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport through our weekly PE lessons, sports clubs and cluster competitions. Through the teaching of good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We listen to our children wants and needs and provide them with a range of active experiences and clubs.
We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes. We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond.
We strive to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children's well-being. We have strong links with local clubs and partnerships within our community to ensure the children and families receive the support and knowledge they need.
At Heartwood we provide an enrichment of sporting activities, including a residential to Horstead and outdoor physical activity in our Forest school.
We offer a range of extra- curricular clubs including football, multi-sports and yoga.
Our sports coach from ICS sports provides a football enrichment for our pupils and supports active lunchtimes.
How do we teach PE?
In the EYFS, through the physical development strand of the curriculum, we plan in physical activity we enables the children to develop early gross and fine skills. The children will develop strength, coordination and positional awareness through planned activities, games, play and the provision.
Reception children have a weekly session with the qualified sports coach Josh from ICS Sports.
In KS1 and KS2 we use the Get Set 4 PE curriculum to plan and teach our lessons. These cover all areas of the curriculum and more. We promote outdoor and indoor PE and activity.
In Year 3 and 4 the children will learn to swim, or improve their swimming, at Dereham Leisure Centre. This is taught by two qualified swimming teachers. For those pupils in Year 5 and 6 that cannot yet swim, they will have additional swimming sessions to aim for the 25 meters independent swim.
At heartwood we aim for every child to be a footballer and leave the school as a confident football player. From year 2-6 children all have a weekly session taught by Josh from ICS coaching to teach them a progressive and inspirational approach to football.
Children in Reception to Year 6 have daily yoga and mindfulness sessions after lunch.
At Heartwood we compete in sports in-house through termly competitions and we compete locally with cluster and other county schools. This includes athletics, rugby and dodgeball.
Making a Difference
Our PE curriculum at Heartwood aims to give our children the knowledge to make informed decisions about fitness and healthy choices for living.
We are developing partnerships other schools and sporting establishments, such as ICS sports and Swaffham Town Football club to enhance the provision for our pupils and the community.
We offer our facilities for free to local sporting groups to promote fitness, health and activity in the community.
Aims of our PE curriculum
At Heartwood we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. The aim of our PE programme is to develop children's basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.
PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning.
Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure 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
3 & 4-year-olds will be learning to:
Children in Reception will be learning to:
Gross Motor Skills
Expressive art and design
Being Imaginative and Expressive
Key Stage One
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
-Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
-Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
-Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key Stage Two
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
-Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
-Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
-Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
-Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
-Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
-Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
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