At James Cambell Primary School, we have achieved The School Games Quality Kite Mark (Silver Standard) for our Physical Education (PE) provision. We continue to build on, and develop this practice through our diverse PE curriculum, which inspires our pupils to enjoy, succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Regular physical activity improves children’s quality of life, improves their health, promotes social inclusion, and raises individual self-esteem and confidence, whist countering anti-social behaviour. Therefore, our curriculum aims to develop pupils’ attitudes, knowledge, confidence and competences to help encourage a lifelong commitment to physical activity. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way, which supports their physical health and fitness as well as their mental well-being. It is important for us to encourage and use community links and enrich our curriculum by providing opportunities for children to experience and learn about new sports.
Our children are taught to compete in sport and other activities to build character and help to embed core values such as fairness, collaboration, resilience and respect. P.E. is mostly taught discretely and follows the Striver scheme of work, which has been created with a sole purpose to improve primary aged pupil’s long-term physical and mental wellbeing. Skills are taught, developed and enhanced through skill activities, small-sided games and challenges. Children are taught to use accurate and fluent techniques, recognise tactics and game play and adhere to the rules and regulations of their sport. Pupils are taught about healthy lifestyles and the effects of exercise on their bodies. Over the year, the children take part in a variety of games, gymnastics, athletics and dance activities. Progression of activities is evident through re-visiting sports in various year groups, where the children will build on their past experiences and progress towards a higher level of standard in the chosen sport. Year 5 children will be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently – matching the intent from the National Curriculum.
We encourage pupils to develop their sport interests outside of school and provide a range of after-school clubs to support this. The whole school participates in Sports Day where the children are arranged into teams and encouraged to show team spirit, perseverance and enthusiasm. The school also participates in various Borough sporting events, fielding teams of both girls and boys of various ages. A residential trip to Trewern and a visit to Stubbers Adventurous Activities Centre, ensure the children have the opportunity to fulfil every aspect of the PE curriculum. Each unit of work finishes with an inter-class competition which encourage teamwork and develops healthy competition within the school. Furthermore, this encourages pupils to further engage with the unit of work and have a clear goal to work towards – the children understand why the application of the skills in the game situations are so important.