PENorthfield St Nicholas Primary Academy PE Mission Statement:
Physical education provides children with challenge, enjoyment and an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of fitness and health and the importance of life-long physical activity.
Lessons include the three domains of learning: cognitive, psychomotor and affective, enabling children to develop their fundamental movement skills and aspire to reach their full potential.
Early Years and the Foundation stage (EYFS- Nursery and Reception)
Physical development is one of the three prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Each prime area is divided into Early Learning Goals, for physical development these are:
Moving and handling: skills enabling children to show good control and coordination in large and small movements. Children are able to handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
Health and self-care: children knowing the importance of good health which includes physical exercise and a healthy diet. Children are able to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
Key stage 1 (KS1) Years 1 and 2
There are 5 key areas of PE in KS1: athletics, dance, games, gymnastics and OAA (Outdoor and Adventure Activities).
- In athletics, the children master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
- During dance, the children learn to perform dances using simple movement patterns.
- Whilst doing games, the children participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
- In gymnastics, the children are given a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
- In OAA, the children take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
Key stage 2 (KS2) Years 3-6
There are 6 key areas of PE in KS2: athletics, dance, games, gymnastics and OAA (Outdoor and Adventure Activities) and swimming.
- In athletics, the children use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. Additionally, they develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
- During dance, the children learn to perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
- Whilst taking part in games, the children play competitive games, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
- For gymnastics, the children learn to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
- During OAA, the children take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
- KS2 take part in swimming lessons, learning to: swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres; use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Northfield is a part of North Suffolk Sport and Health Partnership. Through this, the children have access to a wide range of competitions and teaching staff have access to CPD (continuing professional development).
During the school year, all children are encouraged to take part in a sporting club and/ or a competition.
Examples of clubs we run are: dance, football, running, gymnastics, fitness, tag rugby, kwik-cricket, tennis, dodgeball, handball, netball, hockey, and multi-sports(for KS1).
“Thank you for your efforts supporting the Fit and Fed project, the students have been amazing despite some cold weather and are a credit to the School.” Mike Chaplin, Project Coordinator, Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures
In the summer term, 2019, the year 5 and 6 dance club performed at the Marina Theatre for a dance festival which was musical themed.
In the autumn term 2019, the year 3 and 4 dance club performed a selection of dances for their families and performed on stage at Denes High School.