How much PE does my child do?
PE at Shawfield – Year R and 1 deliver their own program based on the physical development needs of young children as laid out in development matters.
Year 2 – 6 - Cover units of works in Gymnastics, Games, Dance, Athletics and Swimming.
Additionally Years 3 and 6 will undertake units in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges.
Year R, 1 and 2 will be engaged in forest school activities.
These units typically last for 6 weeks (half a term) although some units may last for a term or longer to give the children time to really develop mastery of skills in particular area of PE.
The children in Years 2 – 6 will have 2 x 1 hour sessions of timetabled PE a week.
In Years R and 1 the opportunities for physical development are frequent and part of their everyday experiences in school.
Other opportunities for children to be physical are used thoughout the curriculum. Children have an active break in which the staff on duty encourage them to take part in a physical activity, many children choose to be active during golden time and at lunch break.
Which sports can my child get involved in?
The school offers a wide variety of clubs which at the moment include:
• Cross country
• Multi skills
Competitive games your child will be taught at Shawfield are:
Our Year 6 residential gives children the opportunity to experience adventurous activities such as:
• Raft building
• Zip wire
• High ropes
• Shetler building & Wayfaring
All children will be taught to swim, swimming lessons take place in the summer term in Years 2, 3 and 5. If children are still unable to swim 25m on their front and back we will give them a series of booster classes in Year 6.
Do you let the children experience competition? YES!
We believe that children need to experience competition, this can be against themselves, eg; can you go faster than last time, can you throw further etc, It maybe individual eg; sports day or in teams – football or netball matches.
In order to give them this experience teachers and coaches incorporate an element of completion into each unit wherever possible.
Additionally this year we have planned our programme wherever possible a unit of work will culminate in a competitive event with other schools.
We also hold an annual sports day for Key Stage 2 which enables children to qualify for District Sports.
We hold a family sports day for the whole school. We also have a pancake race in February.
Why isn’t the class teacher teaching PE?
Class teachers have a right to an amount of school time to do planning and preparation. At Shawfield we give the teachers this time by using a Music teacher, a French teacher and sports coaches.
As well as planning time this also enables teachers to have time to work individually and in small groups with pupils who are finding it difficult to grasp key concepts in Literacy and Numeracy. This also means that teachers are able to focus on planning effectively in the core subjects as their planning is reduced.
The benefits to the children of this approach are:
1. High quality specialist teaching in PE, Music and French.
2. Catch up lessons with their class teachers when needed.
3. High quality teaching in core subjects.
Teachers liaise with coaches regularly, they accompany their classes to fixtures and will ensure they make you aware of any concerns.
What is Sports Premium?
This is a sum of money given to Primary Schools by the government in order to raise the quality of physical activity for younger children. At Shawfield we use this money to provide some of our specialist coaching, to support Continuing Professional Development and to enable more of our children to swim.