Article 31: You have the right to play and rest.
Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA)
Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity are all similar in that they are all part of physical movement. Physical Education (PE) is the planned, progressive learning that takes place as children’s curriculum entitlement. School Sport is the learning that takes place beyond the curriculum, such as after-school clubs and tournaments. Physical Activity encompasses all physical movement, including active lessons in other areas of the curriculum. At CHJS, we are committed to the delivery of PESSPA and pride ourselves on the diverse opportunities available to the children.
Here at Cockton Hill Junior School we believe that Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) play a vital part in promoting social inclusion, healthy lifestyles and self confidence in our pupils. We want all children to enjoy sporting activities and continue to engage with these throughout their lives.
The government provides additional funding to improve PE provision and sport in all primary schools. This funding is allocated to primary head teachers and is ring fenced so can only be spent on provision of PE and Sport in school. The use of Sport Premium supports our commitment and delivery of PESSPA. School receive Sport Premium funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport offered.
This means that the premium should be used to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
- build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
Sport Premium funding must be used to make improvements based on the following key indicators:
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
- the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- increased participation in competitive sport
See details on our Sport Premium here:
Our aim is to maintain the quality and quantity of sports events and after school clubs, continue to participate in intra and inter school competitions, as well as to raise the opportunities for pupils to try different activities whilst increasing participation in physical activities. Through sports and physical activities we aim to develop a greater awareness in pupils of health dangers such as obesity, poor diet and other factors which have a detrimental effect on health and well-being. We are working to give our children a solid grounding in sports whilst raising their understanding of the crucial role sports activity has in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Whilst the funding is a welcome contribution to the promotion of sports, PE and healthy lifestyles, the school makes significant additional contributions to the promotion of this area of the curriculum.
PE is part of the National Curriculum. Children receive 2 hours curriculum entitlement of PE each week. Staff plan and deliver lessons focusing on one of these key areas:
Staff use core tasks to assess and plan learning in PE. These tasks are used at the beginning and end of a unit of work to support this and evidence progression throughout KS2.
Athletics – All pupils take part in an athletics unit each year, focusing on the three key areas: running, jumping and throwing. Correct techniques for all areas are taught and a focus is placed on both team and personal competition within lessons.
Dance – Within dance, focus is placed on composition, performance and appreciation. Children respond to a range of stimuli to explore different movement patterns, performing with increasing confidence and developing their choreography skills.
Games – Pupils regularly focus on games units within PE lessons. Games encompass net, wall and court games; striking and fielding games; and invasion games. Within these units, we focus on a progression of key skills required such as throwing, catching, hand-eye coordination, batting and developing an understanding of tactics in game situations. Ball control, spatial awareness, shooting, marking and team work are also developed. A key focus within games is also on developing the cooperation and leadership skills needed to be part of a team.
Gymnastics – All children take part in regular gymnastics lessons. Focus is placed on flexibility, strength, technique, control, balance and sequencing. They work as individuals and pairs in lower school, progressing to group work by year 6.
Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA) – Children work both individually and as a team within OAA lessons. They cover three areas of physical activity: orientation, communication and problem solving. Pupils have to use logical thinking skills to complete tasks. Our Y6 residential also contributes to the OAA curriculum.
Swimming – Pupils in Y5 swim for the full academic year at Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre. Pupils in Y6 may receive top up lessons dependent on assessment from Y5.
By the end of KS2, pupils are expected to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
A range of extra-curricular clubs are offered throughout the year. For example:
- Tag Rugby
Pupils are regularly given the opportunity to participate in inter-school festivals and competitions. A high percentage of our pupils attend these and demonstrate their key skills. In recent years, we have participated in:
- Tag Rugby
Active Week – Our annual Active Week always proves to be a successful week in our school calendar. Every year, pupils take part in a range of sports and activities. We have had a range of visitors support this over time, including: Alex Dewar (Invictus Games Athlete), David Guest (decathlete), Go Well and Bishop Barrington sports leaders. Active Week celebrates our continued focus on sport to support physical and mental health and well-being, culminating in Sports Day and whole school competitions. Pupils, staff and parents/carers give overwhelmingly positive feedback each year about these events.
Break and lunch times – Cockton Hill Junior School follow the OPAL approach to break and lunch time provision. Time and resources have been heavily invested to improve play opportunities for our pupils. Competitive games and sports form part of this provision.
Daily activity – As part of our commitment to increasing levels of activity during the school day, pupils participate in physical activity every day. Focus is placed on personal competition and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
PE kit – Parents are advised to remind their children to bring the appropriate PE kit to school every Monday and take it back home to wash every Friday. Children should bring a plain white T-shirt (no logos), black shorts and black plimsolls or trainers during winter months.