Here at Sound and District Primary School we believe that physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development. Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others.
Through sport and other physical activities our children will learn about their responsibilities both as individuals and members of groups and teams. They learn to cooperate and to compete fairly, understanding their own and other’s roles.
Pupils should 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. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
- Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- Perform dances using simple movement patterns
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
- 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 attacking 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
PE/Games lessons are taught by our own staff and by specialists from local clubs. Our curriculum is structured to ensure that every child gains skills and experiences in the traditional sports such as Tennis, Hockey, Netball & Football, as well as other more unusual sports such as Cheerleading, Boccia & Lacrosse.
Our competitions & The Golden Mile
Every child takes part in intra class/house competitions throughout the year and every KS1 & 2 pupil completes the ‘Golden Mile’ run weekly, working towards 25, 50 and 100 miles (which is celebrated as a whole school!).
Swimming is not just good for children’s health; it is a skill that could ultimately save their lives. Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children so it is vital that every child has the opportunity to learn to swim and gain core knowledge regarding water safety.
To ensure that all children receive the very best aquatic education, Sound & District Primary school have decided to continue to increase their swimming provision. All Reception, Year 1, 2, 3 & 4 children benefit from swimming lessons at the local pool in Nantwich. By the time they reach the end of year 4 all children are able to;
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters
- Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
There are extensive opportunities for all children to pursue their sporting interests through our wide variety of before-sports clubs, practices at lunchtimes and after-school clubs.
School Teams & Club Links
We take great pride in our sporting teams that compete each year in a variety of sports and have developed strong links with local clubs to enable our more able and talented pupils to strive for elitism.
The PE department have produced a curriculum map to inform parents and teachers which sports and activities will be covered throughout the school year for each year group. Our curriculum map has been designed to ensure that we are providing a broad and balanced program which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum for PE.