At Earlswood we recognise and value the far ranging benefits that participation in physical education brings; from physical fitness and wellbeing to increased self-esteem and team working skills. PE is timetabled into the curriculum for all children and we provide a wide range of additional opportunities to participate in active lifestyle clubs and traditional sports through lunchtime and after school clubs run by our PE teacher, Mr Blackman. As a federation, we have made efforts to improve the quality and range of our provision and this is reflected in our increased participation in inter-school competition, improved performances against other schools and increased uptake in active clubs by children. In recognition of the quality of our provision the school has been awarded the national accreditation School Games Mark (Bronze) and we are aiming to achieve the next award this year.
The following summarises our PE curriculum at both the Infant and Junior Schools:
Junior children are taught PE for two, 1 hour sessions weekly; Infant children for two, ½ hour sessions weekly; and, Reception for one, ½ hour session weekly. Class teachers lead one session, following the ‘Real PE’ scheme of work. This is a programme of study which develops children’s fundamental agility, balance and coordination skills through a progressive framework of challenges and games which are adapted and suited from reception to year 6. These skills build a strong foundation which complements and supports participation in traditional sports. Further detail of the scheme can be found at http://www.createdevelopment.co.uk . The second session each week is led by Mr Blackman, our specialist PE teacher, in partnership with the class teacher. These sessions are based on a different traditional sport each half term, focussing on progression in basic skills, movement, teamwork, awareness and tactics which can then be applied in small sided, age appropriate games.
Children in Year 3 are offered swimming lessons for one term during the academic year.
More details of our sports programme can be found here….