“A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.” (DfE National Curriculum 2013)
At Austrey and Newton Regis, our PE curriculum intends to develop a love of physical activity and an understanding of the benefits of engaging in regular exercise. We hope to encourage children to become athletes who show fairness and respect in all they do, supporting their teammates and peers and following rules in sports. Through a variety of different sports, children will develop a range of skills, including agility, balance and co-ordination, as well as listening skills, confidence, endurance and perseverance. Children will understand that it is not about winning, but the effort we put in and they will evaluate their performance in order to constantly improve. Most importantly, we hope to foster a lifelong love of sports and encourage the children to lead healthy, active lives.
The National Curriculum for PE
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We also use Smart Moves – a motor skills development programme aimed at Reception and Key Stage 1
Swimming: Y3/4 attend swimming lessons by qualified swimming coaches for the first half of the year and Y5/6 for the second half of the year. We go to Ashby Leisure Centre and Lido.
Extra Curricular PE and competitions: We take part in a range of competitions throughout the year organised by NWPSSA including cross country races throughout the autumn and spring terms for years 5 and 6 and then for years 1-4 later in the year. Netball, football, hockey, tennis, cricket and rounders matches take place as well as indoor and outdoor athletics events which reach their end of year climax at Tamworth Athletics Stadium for all of KS2 to enjoy. We also take part in inter-school events organised by BDMAT, such as curling and boccia and a sports quiz, as well as in school speed bounce competitions.
BDMAT Commonwealth project: In the Summer of 2022 – with the Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham – BDMAT have set up an exciting Commonwealth project. As part of this, the children will be competing throughout the year to earn bronze, silver and gold certificates in each of their PE topics. At the end of the year, a selection of children who have done really well across the board will have the chance to go to Birmingham and compete against other schools in the BDMAT in a variety of events. As well as this, children will be given opportunities to try exciting new sports, improve their skills and sportsmanship, and most importantly, have fun, by competing in a range of interschool sports competitions.