At Hallam Primary school, we aim to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, social, emotional and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. We aim to do this through a broad and balanced curriculum focussing on the development of the whole person. We aim to deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. In line with the delivery of ‘British Values’ we want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.
Pupils at Hallam Primary School participate in weekly, high quality PE and sporting activities all underpinned by the notion of ‘physical literacy’. PE is further supplemented in all year groups by the use of the ‘daily mile’. This works alongside our healthy eating and obesity strategy to encourage children to take part in daily physical activity.
Pupils within EYFS undertake daily physical exercise within a specialised external play area, including the recent development of the outdoor provision. They also have use of the fully equipped sports and school hall for structured activities at least twice a week. Cross curricular links enable PE activities to take place during literacy and maths.
Key Stage 1
All pupils from Year 1 to 2 have at least 2 hours’ worth of planned physical exercise each week. Teachers plan and deliver lessons focussing on the development of the children’s fundamental movement skills (balance, agility, co-ordination, running, jumping and catching). The teaching of lifestyle behaviours helps the children to understand what it means to be healthy and this embedded in the sequence of learning.
Key Stage 2
All pupils from Year 3 to 6 have at least 2 hours’ worth of planned physical exercise each week. Children in year 4 participate in 12 weeks of swimming lessons to enable them to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters. Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. These skills are incorporated into competitive games, performances using movement patterns and evaluations of their own and others’ work. Pupils communicate and collaborate with each other and develop an understanding of how to improve in physical activities. There are many opportunities across the year for children to take part in inter and intra school competitions, as well as festivals, where children’s successes in sports are celebrated.
All children at Hallam Primary School receive a broad and balanced PE curriculum regardless of year group or ability. Every child accesses all of the key areas of the subject on offer at our school. Teachers plan PE with clear progression of skills and knowledge that we have devised as part of our curriculum offer to ensure that all children access it at an age appropriate level. Festivals and competitions ensure all of our children have the opportunity to take part in arrange of sports both in and outside of school whether that be at a competitive or non-competitive level. The school achieved the School Games Gold Award for the academic year 2018-2019.