Physical Education - The Whiteoak Way
'Physical education is the most effective means of providing all children and youth with the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding for lifelong participation in society.'
United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
At the Whiteoak Academies, we strive to live our motto, ‘Planting Dreams. Nurturing Hearts. Growing Minds.’ by providing our children with a rich and diverse curriculum. One of the key aspects that makes up our curriculum is Physical Education (PE).
We believe that PE can inspire every child to be the very best they can be and that our curriculum engages them in dynamic, varied and competitive exercise that nurtures them to challenge their minds, bodies and spirits. Furthermore, we aim for our PE curriculum to encourage our children to lead active and healthy lifestyles which will benefit their physical and mental health and wellbeing. Indeed, we strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all.
‘Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.’
John F Kennedy
Through our progressive PE curriculum that stretches from EYFS to Year 6, children are able to build on and improve prior skills which include communication, technique and strategy. All children receive two hours of curriculum PE per week and as they progress through the school, they are given the opportunity to experience different sports and physically demanding activities. Furthermore, our curriculum has been carefully crafted so that previously learnt skills and techniques can be successfully applied. For example, throwing and catching skills taught in Key Stage 1 will benefit them when playing cricket, rounders, netball and basketball in Key Stage 2. We understand that exposure to different types of physical activity and sport allows children to find their niche and activities their enjoy, and we aim to encourage and inspire children to follow these interests outside of school.
Through our PE lessons, we aim to:
- Follow a progressive, evolving curriculum that, with time, builds on past understandings and combines new practices.
- Find ways to actively engage all children in moderate to vigorous physical activity for the majority of every lesson, a minimum of 75%.
- Actively engage all children so that there are plenty of chances to practice the skill or technique being taught that day. Our quality curriculum will offer many practice opportunities, sometimes alone, sometimes with a partner and sometimes during small sided games in groups or teams.
- Design lessons so that children of all levels of attainment and confidence have great rates of success.
- Foster and promote positive learning experiences in a warm, supportive atmosphere in which children are encouraged to exercise new skills and expand their fitness levels without feeling self-conscious.
- Ensure all our classes are as enjoyable as they can be, so that children appreciate and look forward to PE, both at primary and secondary school.
North Somerset PE Association
As members of the North Somerset PE Association, we take part in the School Games inter-school competitions. The School Games values (passion, self-belief, respect, honesty, determination and teamwork) are at the heart of these events which allow our pupils to engage with other children across the local authority, in fair and engaging competition, where their skills developed in school can be showcased on a larger stage.
‘The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.’
The Olympic Creed, Baron Pierre de Coubertin
Why is Physical Education so Important?
At the Whiteoak Academies, we recognise that PE is a vital part of a child's education, growth and development. It forms a key part of our curriculum because:
- Children learn to appreciate the significance of exercising for a lifetime.
- Research shows that physical activity can boost our self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, making us less prone to illness and disease.
- Children learn the fundamental motor skills that will allow them to develop the physical capability that in turn will produce confidence and leads to safe and successful involvement in a wide range of sports.
- Children are encouraged to increase their fitness levels during PE, including muscular and cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility.
- Children can learn valuable lessons about accepting responsibility for their individual development leading to greater self-discipline.
- PE gives chances for children to be creative, cooperative and competitive and to face up to diverse challenges both as individuals and in groups.
- Physical activity can help to ease anxiety, tension and stress and will result in improved attention in class.
- Movement can be used to strengthen the understanding of several subjects taught in the classroom e.g. mathematics and has been shown to heighten the function of our brain.
- Many activities taught in PE require children to work in groups to solve problems. These opportunities are outstanding for learning both leadership and teamwork.
- Sports activities are a superb way to meet and make new friends. Being confident in your own physical capabilities inspires youngsters, and later adults, to be more social.
- PE is particularly vital to children who have yet to progress their verbal communication abilities.
- Children learn to develop the concept of fair play, honest competition, good sportsmanship and how to handle both success and defeat.