A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
Physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development. Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others. Both teachers and children should therefore be aware of its importance. PE develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. We provide the broad and balanced programme of physical education we believe every child should have, with activities designed to be enjoyable, vigorous, purposeful and regular. Through providing positive experiences, a lifelong interest in physical activity is encouraged, as well as promoting positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. The range of physical activities is wide and includes athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and outdoor education. A high-quality programme is designed to satisfy the needs, abilities and interests of all individual children.
At Dr South’s each class will receive 2 hours of physical activity per week (which includes swimming in KS2). In addition to this, children receive intensive health and fitness sessions every afternoon for a week one week in six. We provide specialist lessons using a passionate former GB hockey player, whose aim is to get all children enjoying sport.
We are affiliated to the North Oxfordshire School Sports Partnership (NOSSP), and the children are encouraged to participate in competitive inter-school sport. Recent successes have included winning the swimming gala, coming second in the county for hockey, and taking part in cross-country at county level.