Physical Education (P.E.)
At Annfield Plain Junior School, we aim to prepare pupils for their next stage of education and life. We aim to develop the skills and knowledge needed to use physical education as a means of developing life-long fitness, a sport or hobby or as a career path, whilst making participation in PE engaging and enjoyable.
P.E. plays an important part of the school’s curriculum. We aim, both in PE lessons and in extra-curricular sports clubs, to develop both individual and team skills. We encourage pupils to develop the sporting values of respect, passion for sport, honesty, team work and self-belief; we aim to have pupils who by the end of the key stage can demonstrate enthusiasm, a healthy respect for natural talent and an understanding of the value of fair play.
We provide a sports curriculum which develops skills through PE lessons, SAQ training sessions (speed, agility and quickness), swimming, cycling proficiency and road safety training; as well as an Outward Bound Howtown residential week for Years 5 and 6.
PE is also part of the life skills curriculum with ‘Health and Fitness Week’ taking place every May. It allows all children within the school to participate in a range of sports and activities which don’t involve competition e.g. rock climbing, hoola-hooping, skipping and box2bfit. Competitive sport also takes place e.g. house teams yard sports day, house team rounders competition.
After school sports coaching takes place regularly to allow children to participate in different sports and engage in team games e.g. football, cricket, basketball, tennis, fencing, dodgeball, dance, cheer-leading and tchoukball, shikkari-karate.
Competitive sport is also an important part of PE. Sports teams compete with other local schools in football, cricket, basketball, cross-country, athletics and tennis. Links with local sports teams have raised the profile of competitive sport, with coaches from the following teams coaching pupils in school: Newcastle Falcons Rugby Team, Sunderland Football Team, Annfield Plain Cricket Team. School competitions also take place annually to allow all pupils to compete – in house team rounders competition and house team yard sports day. An annual trophy celebrates the winner of the house team sports trophy. School also presents an annual trophy to the winner of the, “Sports Person of the Year”, at the end of the academic year.
Assessment for P.E takes place through fitness tests each term, to track and monitor improvements in a range of areas of fitness and strength, to assess the children’s needs and strengths as they move through the school. This involves a reward scheme. This has been funded through sports premium.
Due to the use of the annual sports premium funding, P.E.’s profile has developed and ensured the availability of a range of opportunities. The funding has been used to fund coaches to introduce children to different sports, along with upskilling all teachers. It also has provided us with more opportunities to enter festivals and competitions, provide additional swimming tuition, increase participation in after school sports, as well as promote the link between healthy eating and fitness with parents and pupils. For school’s sports premium spend for 2018-19, as well as the impact of the previous year, see the action plan in the sports premium section.
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