Physical Education and Sport at Kilmorie
At Kilmorie Primary School we understand the value of physical education and sport. We believe it plays an integral role in educating the whole child. It develops both the mind and body, while also developing physical fitness and competence. Research illustrates the benefit of physicality, such as greater bone strength and positive movement skill development, as well as finding evidence that links physical activity to better cognitive functioning. Studies have also proved the benefit of physical activity on mental health as well as improved concentration and behaviour. Thus resulting in the healthy, physically active student being more likely to be academically motivated, alert and successful.
Our aim is to enable and encourage all children to participate in, and enjoy, a wide range of sporting pursuits. We are committed to pupils’ well-being and them having an active, healthy lifestyle and recognise that PE and sport will contribute to this. We believe that it is essential for all children to have the opportunity to be exposed to a number of different sports and to develop key knowledge, skills and understanding, while exploring the benefits they bring.
We recognise that by giving children opportunities for competitive sport it will impact on our pupils’ wider educational development and prepare them for later life. PE and sport continue to be on the agenda of school improvement planning and therefore they continue to develop across the whole school. This takes the form of improving the quality of PE lessons through CPD from inside the school and from specialists from outside, the introduction of new sports and raising the profile of PE with pupils, parents and staff. This includes coordinating sports fixtures, communicating with parents and liaising with other schools.
Our curriculum is wide and varied and built on a premise of development, which aids children in having the skills and knowledge to lead active and healthy lifestyles. In the Early Years, physical development is tied in to all areas of the curriculum, with a focus on active play, development of motor abilities and cognitive development. Physical education takes different forms and allows children to understand and develop social, cooperative and problem solving abilities.
Throughout the rest of the school, skills are developed both within and throughout the years. Dance and gymnastics are taught in every year group, the skills are built on each year in order to develop with the children. Similarly ‘games’ skills are taught in every year. These sports are developed each year, but there is also a great emphasis on the development of each sport, which culminates in applying skills in game playing situations.
The skills learned help to build self-confidence, resilience and aid children with learning to cope in different situations. In physical education these skills and experiences include competition as a natural indicator and often valuable spur to achievement by individuals. It inspires the students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities, become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness, as well as build character while embedding values such as fairness, respect and determination. We offer different opportunities for the children to represent the school in a number of sporting ways, including football, high-5 netball and athletics teams, which are always well supported by our parents. We also offer a range of extra curricular activities including hockey, football, street dance, ballet, multi-skills and netball.
All classes from Year 1-6 receive one hour of indoor and one hour of outdoor PE per week. Indoor PE, where possible, is linked to the curriculum, resulting in outcomes that could include a re-telling of a story studied in English through a group or individual choreographed dance, or even a gymnastic routine that re-enacts a major fight scene from history. The curriculum offers children the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting activities and have access to broad and balanced curriculum.
Our aim is that all children leave Kilmorie having been exposed to a number of different sporting activities that have left them with a love of sport and a commitment to a long life of fitness and health.
PE and Sport premium statements
Impact of the grant:
As with all areas of the school, the impact of our spending is closely monitored. The sports funding at Kilmorie has:
- Ensured that the teachers have increased confidence teaching sports skills and PE
- Given the children the opportunity to participate in inter and intra-school competitions
- Given children more access to a greater range of sports and activities at lunchtime and after school
- Given teachers access to specialist training
- Enabled us to develop and improve PE and Sports provision across the curriculum
Through questionnaires we have continued to identify areas of the curriculum that need further development and supplied CPD opportunities for all staff in these areas. School Council have been involved as the ‘pupil voice’ in discussions surrounding the provision of PE and Sport throughout the school. The demand of high expectations and achievements through Sport and PE and the dedication of the staff will continue to drive the sustainment of a wide variety of opportunities and high standards on offer for every child at Kilmorie both within and beyond the school day.
The Daily Mile
The Daily Mile is a fully-inclusive, free and simple initiative which improves the physical and mental health of children. It’s a social activity where the children run or jog, at their own pace, for 15 minutes every day and it improves focus in the classroom.
How can I get involved if my child is doing The Daily Mile at school?
If your child is doing The Daily Mile at school you can support this at home, by both encouraging their confidence in running and moving outside with them, out of school hours. Parents often say that The Daily Mile helps children to eat and sleep better and that often they become young ambassadors for whole family fitness!
If you’d like to also participate in The Daily Mile, you can sign up to the adults initiative here.
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