Physical education is paramount to developing healthy, happy and well-rounded young people. At Collierley Primary and Nursery School, physical education, physical literaacy and sport is at the centre of how we develop well-rounded young people.
We are proud to have achieved the afPE Quality Mark for Physical Education in schools. This award highlights our commitment to physical education and sport in school.
We are also proud to have won the North Durham Sport and Physical Activity Award for Contribution to Primary Sport.
“A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation and is central to meeting the government’s ambition for a world class education system. Physical literacy (building physical competency alongside confidence, enjoyment knowledge and understanding) and high quality, modern physical education (PE) lessons that engage boys and girls of different backgrounds and abilities should be a fundamental part of every child’s school experience.” – Department for Education, School Sport and Activity Action Plan, July 2019
Physical education: Intent, Implementation, Impact
At Collierley Primary and Nursery School, the development of resilient, healthy and active young people is paramount and physical education and sport are at the heart of these efforts. Through the use of physical education and sport each day in school, we strive to engage children in a wide range of physical activities from early years foundation stage to key stage two. Children’s well-being, both physically and mentally, are enhanced through regular exercise, healthy and active lifestyles. Increasing children’s emotional and physical well-being through physical education and sport increases engagement in the wider curriculum and develops character, improving their chances of succeeding as they progress into adulthood.
We implement our physical education and sport in a number of ways to engage all children. Running the golden mile three times a week improves cardiovascular fitness. Through the golden mile, active lessons and themed days on the playground, children are provided with thirty minutes of physical activity daily. The use of skilled coaches to up skill staff supports continuing professional development. Staff are coached by a coach from SAFC coaching and the PE leader to improve their PE provision. Reflection forms are completed by staff to identify areas for development which are worked on with the PE lead.
The Merton PE Scheme is used by staff across school. This ensures consistency in planning and assessment across all age ranges and provides all children with a high level of physical education. Units are placed to coincide with the competitive sport provision both in school and against other local schools.
Competitive sport is promoted through inter-school sporting competitions that we do six times a year including sports day. Intra-school competitive sport is also promoted through Dipton School Sports Partnership, a link with our local schools to play competitive sport half-termly. After-school clubs are also provided to both key stage one and two once a week. Our club links also offer children the opportunity to engage in judo, tennis, running and football through taster sessions linked to extra-curricular clubs.
The use of physical education and sport, used holistically in school develops a wide range of transferable skills in our children. Gross motor skills, fine motor skills and coordination are all developed through high quality, consistent PE provision. Resilience, leadership, teamwork and cooperation are just some of the ways that physical education and school sport develops character in our young people. Through the progression of these skills, our children develop the ability to excel across the curriculum and through later life.