Physical Education (P.E.)
At Annfield Plain Junior School 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.
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, yoga, dance, cheer-leading and tchoukball.
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.
The recent addition of the Sports Premium funding being given to schools each year has increased P.E’s profile and given us a range of opportunities. This 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, which we have been very successful in.
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