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.
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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
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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 Y4 swim for two terms at Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre. Pupils in Y5 and Y6 then receive top up lessons at the end of the academic year.
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. This year we have participated in:
- Tag Rugby
Football – Team work and skills are the focus of training sessions. Inter-school competition is regularly available. We are very proud that during the last competitions, our team has won two local leagues. Super work!
Cricket – Cricket is another competitive sport delivered during the Summer term. The children are encouraged to improve their fielding and striking skills whilst again, focusing on team spirit. Many competitions are held, including Kwik Cricket tournaments. We pride ourselves on our yearly success in these tournaments and are often invited to the next stage – County Finals!
Dance – Pupils participate in dance after-school clubs with the opportunity to perform at shows held with other local school attending.
Break and lunch times – The school are also providing exciting and entertaining sporting activities during break times and lunchtimes. Mrs Stevens and the school governors have invested a substantial amount of money to purchase equipment to be used during these times. Competitive games are organised by school staff, demonstrating staff and pupil commitment to PESSPA.
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.