The National Curriculum states that the purpose of Physical Education lessons is to ‘provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.’(Dept. for Education2013). Here at Rowdown Primary we aim to offer an enriching PE curriculum and a variety of extra-curricular activities to allow pupils to achieve that goal, but also to further it by providing ‘opportunities to compete in sport’ (Dept. for Education2013).
Throughout the school, children are provided with a specialist Sports Coach to assist not only their physical development, but also to assist and help to ‘embed values such as fairness and respect.’ (Dept. for Education 2013). These attributes are a necessity should children wish to further a sporting career in any discipline. From KS1, children are taught the aspect of fair play and taking turns. As children move through the school, this develops so the children learn good sportsmanship, team selection and handling the emotions associated with winning and losing.
Our varied curriculum (provided by the PE coach, specialist dance teacher and class teachers) gives all children a great opportunity to experience a wide range of sports and games – both individual and team pursuits. At the different developmental stages of the child’s learning, the curriculum is designed to offer increasingly challenging situations. Throughout Key Stage One, children focus on gross motor skills through activities such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. They also learn basic dance movements and gymnastic skills such as balance and coordination.
In Key Stage Two the children progress into more competitive, organised sports where they also have the opportunities to evaluate and referee. Children also learn tactical skills for attacking and defending in a range of sports and through the curriculum and guidance from adults are given opportunities to find sports and activities that they prefer.
All children in Key Stage 1 and 2 participate in a half-term of dance lessons taught by Mrs Nasrat. This allows the children to develop their dance styles and techniques under the guidance of a trained leader.
Children at Rowdown Primary are regularly offered opportunities to participate in before and after school clubs which allow children to further develop skills and technique with other children sharing a similar interest. The clubs, which are offered to all children at the school, are well attended.
Our children are also regularly in attendance at sporting competitions with other schools organised in conjunction with ‘Croydon Schools Sports Partnership’ or ‘Palace For Life Foundation’. This allows our able and talented pupils the opportunity to experience competing and the feelings associated with winning and losing.
Year 6 Tudor Dance