PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE)
We adopt a fundamental movement skills approach to teaching PE, ensuring that our children develop the necessary skills to be confident in secondary school and beyond, in the hope that our children become lifelong participators in physical activity. To achieve this we offer a wide range of physical activity taught as games, gymnastics, swimming and dance.
We guide children to discover the relationship between physical activity and good health. Alongside developing fundamental movement skills, we place our pupils' social and emotional development at the heart of our curriculum.
All children receive at least two hours of PE a week, taught by specialist PE teachers. This consists of one lesson per week of outdoor PE (we use the hall in cases of adverse weather conditions), plus another lesson of gymnastics, dance or swimming. We have specialist teachers or coaches for games, dance, gymnastics and swimming.
Swimming is taught offsite in Year 4 for 10 weeks for each class. In addition, we use our PE Premium to fund extra swimming lessons during half term holidays, for identified children who need additional support to fulfil the national curriculum requirement for swimming 25 metres.
Core PE and games
The core elements of our PE/games curriculum follow the national curriculum guidance. They are as follows:
Key Stage 1
- Develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
- Engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and cooperative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
- Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
Key Stage 2
- Enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
- Develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
- Play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis) and apply basic principles suitable for attaching and defending.
- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example, through athletics and gymnastics).
- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
- Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
We have highly-experienced, specialist gym coaches. There are three core areas for gymnastic progression in skills. All three elements are taught explicitly and progressively from Year 1 to year 6:
- Strength and flexibility
Dance is a very well established and successful part of our creative and physical curriculum and the engagement at all ages is exceptionally high. Children develop their creative and choreographic skills through a balance of physical exploration and set tasks. Our carefully designed units of work build progressively and ensure children experience the diversity, history and culture of dance around the world and through the ages. Some units of work build on learning in other areas of the curriculum, but many stand alone.The core elements of our dance curriculum are:
- Composition and Performance: Through a range of stimuli children explore their ideas selecting and refining their actions to compose short movement phrases as a solo with partners, small groups or as a whole class.
- Performing: Every lesson involves opportunities to perform. Children develop confidence and self-esteem by celebrating and sharing their work with each other.
- Appreciation: Children observe each other to celebrate their work and to give opportunities to perform regularly, whilst learning from each other. Children give feedback to identify strengths and further improvements, using dance vocabulary.
Swimming is the only sport to be included within the national curriculum PE programme of study. Each pupil is required to be able to do the following:
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres (children who have not achieved this are supported by the school to attend additional swimming classes)
- Use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.
At Belleville we are proud that:
- We invest in excellent, experienced specialist teachers and coaches, with high quality training and great sustainable resources, for all areas of PE.
- We hold an exciting and inclusive sports day on Clapham common every year for each key stage
- We participate in multiple Wandsworth School Games competitions, festivals, tournaments, leagues and 'friendlies' within our local community.
- We are competition winners across many sports - including gymnastics, tennis, football and cricket.
- We have taken part in several 'Big Dance' events, where the whole school learns and performs a dance routine together in the playgrounds. Our children have performed on stage at the 'Great Big Dance Off' national competition at Wimbledon Theatre and also reached the finals in Oxford. Every year, our Year 6 leavers participate enthusiastically in a dance flash mob!
- We have established links with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Royal Opera House. As a result, Belleville children have been selected to audition for Royal Opera House operas, and take part in workshops run by the Royal Academy of Dance.
- We offer a wide range of morning and after school sports clubs (run by PE staff as well as external specialist providers) to ensure that we offer a broad range of activities. These clubs change termly and include cricket, netball, dodgeball, gymnastics, football and dance. We offer a mixture of inclusive clubs (open to all) and selective clubs (e.g. for teams, squads and competitions).