At Chew Stoke Church School it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong participants’ in sport, with the skills and abilities to apply their learning to a range of different sports or activities. As a school, we share the vision that Physical Education is not only important for children’s physical health but when experienced in a safe and secure environment it is essential to the development of children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health. We aim to make Physical Education enjoyable and accessible to all children regardless of ability and gender. At Chew Stoke Church School we aim to develop a fun, high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sports and other physically-demanding activities. We do this through fully adhering to the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to ensure that all children:
• develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
• are physically active for sustained periods of time
• engage in competitive sports and activities
• lead healthy, active lives
It is our intention to build a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, as well as developing values and transferrable life skills such as tolerance, fairness and respect.
Through enrichment activities, intra-school and inter-school competitions, we aim to raise the profile of PE and expose our children to sports they may never have had the opportunity to engage with.
Our PE syllabus is based on the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum with a clear progression structure from Reception to Year 6. This progression of skills has been planned in order to build on the skills needed to meet the end of Key Stage objectives in the National Curriculum.
Additionally, an imperative element of the curriculum at Chew Stoke Church School shows a need for healthy life styles, a balanced diet, positive mind-set and the resilience to persevere.
We are passionate about the need to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.
The PE curriculum is taught through the use of the BANES SSP Planning, which is in-line with the National Curriculum. Teachers are able to adjust and change lessons to suit the needs of their classes but the scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected in each year group.
Each class has access to two hours of high-quality physical activity every week. These are either taught by the class teacher or by HLTA’s who have received training and support. Chew Stoke Church School also uses organisations such as Bristol Sport Foundation and The School Sports Partnership to support and help run PE sessions. Through the use of coaches, fun and innovative sessions are run that offer staff the chance to upskill their own practice. Additional CPD courses specific to areas of development identified by staff are offered to staff through our SSP throughout the year.
Each lesson, children are given the opportunity to practice skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed it. Different skills are recapped throughout, and across, the years, each time they are being built upon; allowing children to know more and remember more.
Both Fox (Years 4 and 5) and Badger Classes (Year 5 and 6) receive swimming lessons with the aim that by the end of Year 6 all children are able to swim a minimum of 25m unassisted. These lessons run throughout the Autumn Term, giving the children the opportunity to take part in other sports throughout the year too.
We offer a wide range of sporting lunchtime and after-school clubs (E.g. Climbing, sailing, skiing, netball, basketball, football, rugby, dance, hockey, multi-sports, cricket, athletics, orienteering, scooter) run by both teaching staff and outside agencies: Bristol Sport Foundation, All Aboard Watersports, Redpoint Climbing Centre, Mendip Activity Centre, South West Soccer Project and Matt Analts Basketball Coaching. These clubs provide children with access to a wide range of sporting activities. These activities are chosen by pupils through class votes and pupil voice to ensure the clubs are successful and popular.
Bristol Sport Foundation changes activities every half term to cater to a range of abilities and preferences. Clubs run every day except Friday and take place some lunchtimes and after school. A range of inter and intra events run throughout the school year, giving children opportunities to take part in competitive sports. Children from all year groups are invited to take part in non-competitive events and festivals with other schools from the local and wider area to introduce them to a wider range of sports and skills. Opportunities are also offered to less active and SEND pupils to help instill a love of physical activity and an understanding of why PE is important for both our physical and mental health. These opportunities are offered through our links with Bristol Sport Foundation and the BANES SSP.
The impact of the PE curriculum is that the children will meet their age-appropriate skills in Physical Education and be able to transfer these skills into other sports and everyday activities. Bristol Sport Foundation lead
It is hoped that physical education will light a love of sport and physical activity, so that our children will engage in extra-curricular sporting opportunities provided by the school and local clubs and agencies. Children at Chew Stoke Church School are eager to attend after school clubs and competitive sports events. Clubs are well attended, sometimes with waiting lists and children are very enthusiastic about our variety of competitions and tournaments with the majority of children demonstrating the confidence to put themselves forward to take part. Through working closely with our past pupils and local secondary school we have discovered that the vast majority of children go on to participate in clubs or teams as they transition to KS3.
Through our Physical Education curriculum, we believe we equip children with skills in team building, promote physical and mental health and boost confidence and resilience.
As a result of our physical education curriculum, we are extremely proud to have been awarded the highest award available - Platinum in the School Games Mark recognising the high standard of our curriculum offer since the academic year 2017/18.