The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that 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.
PE and Sport play a very important part in the life of Norton Juxta Kempsey CE First School and at least two learning sessions per week are dedicated to physical activity in the curriculum.
We believe that physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people and through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn more about key values such as teamwork, fair play and respect for themselves and others.
There is significant evidence to show the positive effects of sport and exercise on children’s physical health, growth and development. Furthermore, sport also provides a healthy environment for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing. Our school values help with effective learning and participation in PE.
In PE, we want to inspire young people to participate in and enjoy physical activity. We want them to recognise the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle which continues into adulthood.
PE Lessons at NJK
Every class from Year 1 to Year 4 receives two sessions of curriculum PE per week, generally comprising of one indoor and one outdoor lesson. The skills and knowledge of the staff supported by the Lancashire Schemes of Work ensure that:
Lessons follow a sequential, developmental curriculum that progressively builds on past experiences and incorporates new experiences when children are ready.
Physical education is a moving experience. We aim to find ways to actively engage all children in moderate to vigorous physical activity for the majority of every lesson.
In addition to being actively engaged, children also need plenty of opportunities to practice the skill or concept being taught that day. Our quality programme will provide many practice opportunities, sometimes alone, sometimes with a partner and sometimes during small sided games in groups.
Lessons are planned so that youngsters of all abilities have high rates of success. When children, particularly unskilled pupils experience success, they are more likely to continue practising and working to improve.
We promote successful learning experiences in a warm environment in which children are encouraged to practice new skills and improve their fitness levels without feeling embarrassed.
Learning sessions are as much fun as possible so that children enjoy and look forward to PE and this includes Forest School experiences and Outdoor and Adventurous Learning.