PE is a highly valued part of the curriculum at Aldbury C of E Primary and Nursery School. We have access to a wide range of places to carry out our physical activities: a newly tarmacked playground, with netball markings and new posts; an indoor hall; the field next door to the school, which has a marked out Marathon Kids track for regular running sessions; the local tennis grounds, which are kindly available for us to use for net and ball sessions and are easily accessible by foot.
We offer a range of clubs which promote physical activity, such as netball, football, music and drama, gymnastics and running clubs. Children from years 1-6 also participate in the Primary School Cup, hosted by Tring School, where they compete in a range of competitive activities.
What are we aiming to achieve through our curriculum?
At Aldbury School, we aim for children to:
- Develop skills in a broad range of physical activities.
- Have opportunities to practice and perform skills with increasing competence and confidence.
- Develop self-motivation and a positive attitude towards being active and leading a health lifestyle.
- Develop endurance to be able to sustain prolonged periods of physical activity.
At Aldbury School, we aim for children in early years to:
- Talk about how to stay healthy and safe.
- Know the importance of exercise and a healthy diet.
- Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.
- Have good control and co-ordination over their movements (both small and large).
How is our curriculum being delivered?
Our school (class 2, 3 & 4) follows the National Curriculum for Physical Education to ensure that all children:
- Develop competence in a broad range of physical activities, such as gymnastics, dance, net and ball games, invasion games, athletics and swimming.
- Are physically active for sustained periods of time through hour-long PE lessons and the regular use of the Marathon Kids track.
- Lead healthy and active lives by leaving primary school with self-motivation to participate in physical activity and choose a healthy diet. Children learn about healthy lifestyles through discussions in PE and through other areas of the curriculum, such as Science and PSHE.
- Develop a positive well-being and feel the benefits of physical activities on mental health.
- Have opportunities to participate in a range of competitive activities (in class, inter-house and with other local schools) and other extra curricular activities, before and after school. Participating in these types of activities develop good sporting attitudes and support children to build character, while embedding the values of fairness and respect.
PE is taught as an independent subject for a minimum of 2 hours per week. We invite Game On coaches into our school for 1 hour per week, which is shared between classes 2, 3 and 4 across the year. Years 3 – 6 go swimming for a term each. Each year group participates in a half term block of Forest Schooling, 1 afternoon a week. Children have the opportunities to compete in various events towards the Primary School Cup, hosted by Tring School.
Children in early years (class 1) work towards meeting their early learning goals to ensure that all children:
- Leave early years with a good understanding of how to be healthy and safe through daily discussions, talks from outside agencies (such as the school nurse) and opportunities to make their own snacks. Children learn about hygiene and health as part of their Science and PSHE curriculum. Daily ‘wake and shake’ sessions ensure that children enjoy being physically active.
- The equipment that the children in early years have access to has been designed and chosen to improve their physical development skills. Children have daily and regular access to the outdoor area and also to the trim trail on the playground, where they learn to safely move around different spaces and develop large and smaller movements.
- Fine motor skills each morning and access to a range of resources, that improve their fine motor skills, allow children to continue to develop small movements inside of the classroom environment.
PE is taught as an independent subject for a minimum of 2 hours per week.
What difference is our curriculum having?
Children at Aldbury School are inspired to succeed in physical and competitive activities and develop self-motivation to push themselves further when exercising. They have a sense of belonging, from being part of a team, and develop a good sporting attitude. Children encourage and support each other through wins and losses and help each other to develop their skills, especially in our school sporting teams. The increased confidence and competence that children gain from their PE lessons encourages more children to take part in extra curricula activities, including our school sporting teams and clubs. All children are able to participate in PE lessons and have the option to attend competitive events. They leave school knowing how to lead a healthy lifestyle, through being physically active and choosing healthy foods and drinks.
PE lessons should include:
- A clear learning question that is shared with the children and focuses explicitly on the skills they will develop in that lesson.
- An appropriate warm-up and recovery period.
- Opportunities to observe, listen and comment on demonstrations from the teacher and performances from other children.
- Time for the children to master the skill they are focusing on and to learn the rules of the sport.
- A discussion that focuses on the 1 or 2 skills they have covered in that lesson, ensuring that all children have the opportunity to have their voice heard.
Teachers ensure that PE lessons at Aldbury School are accessible for all.