At Earlswood we recognise and value the far ranging benefits that participation in physical education brings; from physical fitness and well-being to increased self-esteem and creating a positive, growth mindset. Inclusivity is a core principle of ours and, as such, PE is timetabled into the curriculum for all children, as well as providing a wide range of additional opportunities to participate in sports teams, extended sports squads and active lifestyle clubs run by our specialist PE teacher, Mr Blackman. As a federation, we have made great strides in improving the quality and range of our provision and this is reflected in the increase of internal sport tournaments we offer, improved performances against other schools in a variety of sports and increased uptake in active clubs by children.
Our PE curriculum compromises of two 1 hour sessions a week (Juniors), two ½ hour sessions a week (Infants) and one ½ session a week (Reception).
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. The second session each week is led by Mr Blackman, our specialist PE teacher. In the Infants these sessions are based on a specific skill (catching, throwing, etc) which is taught through a variety of sports, whereas in the Juniors a different traditional sport is taught 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.
Overall, we firmly believe in the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ mantra and look to have as many children at Earlswood as active as possible!