At Hillshott School we place a high priority on encouraging children to adopt healthy lifestyles. Children are encouraged to participate in a range of clubs, themed weeks and sports events throughout the year. Cookery lessons, visitors and other events encourage children to become aware of how they can keep healthy. Scroll down the page to find out more information about Physical Education at our school.
The aims of our P.E. lessons are to ensure that all pupils: develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives.
We encourage the children to develop a positive attitude to physical activity and health and to learn safe practices by listening attentively and responding readily to instructions, by being actively involved in their learning and by thinking about how they can keep themselves fit and healthy.
Through Physical Development activities in the Foundation Stage pupils develop good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They also move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space and handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. In addition pupils know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
Each class in KS1 has two one-hour P.E. lessons per week focusing on dance, gymnastics or games both indoors and outside, weather permitting. During the Summer Term Year 2 children also attend swimming lessons at a local swimming pool as part of the Key Stage 1 Curriculum objectives.
Each lesson is based on a Big Idea and uses a variety of stimuli to inspire the children, including: stories, poems, professional performances, objects and emotions. The children love having the opportunity to build up a dance routine by learning a few basic moves and then using these to creatively choreograph dance sequences with their friends. It is always a joy to watch their final performances, boosting their confidence with lots of applause!
Each lesson builds on skills that develop the children’s co-ordination and balance both on the floor and on the apparatus. There is an emphasis on children exploring through activities related to our Big Ideas, providing them with lots of opportunities to apply the skills that they have learnt in a variety of ways. The children enjoy working with their friends to link movements together to create sequences that they can perform to the rest of the class. It is always amazing to see how creative the children are with their ideas!
Games lessons are very varied and offer the children experience of a range of sports such as hockey, tennis, football and netball. Basic skills in throwing, catching, kicking and passing are developed across each year group, enabling the children to revisit their learning and improve their skills over time. These skills are then applied to partner work activities which are then extended in to small team games. This allows the children to practise working as a team with their friends as well as develop tactics for attacking and defending. The children benefit greatly from having the opportunity to work with others in a safe, competitive environment where they can experience both winning and losing. All of us enjoy celebrating with the winning team at the end!
P.E. lessons are taught outdoors whenever possible. All of our children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are expected to keep a P.E. kit in school consisting of:
As part of the Olympic 2012 legacy, the government provided funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to improve provision of Physical Education and sport in primary schools. This funding was provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture and Media and Sport and was allocated to primary school headteachers.
This funding was ring-fenced and therefore could only be spent on provision of P.E. and sport in schools. We made use of the funding in a number of ways to ensure that as many children benefited from increased sporting opportunities as possible. Please look at our action plans and evaluations in relation to the Sport Premium Funding to find out how we have invested this money.
At Hillshott we work closely with children and parents through our Parent Forums and School Council to ensure that our children continue to love the process of learning and achieve their full potential. In 2015 we created online surveys to gain feedback from a wider range of parents and pupils about P.E. and sport at our school. To take the survey and to find out the results of our pupil survey please click the links below.