At Four Oaks Primary School we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. In addition, it is considered that an outstanding PE curriculum and a variety of extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of the children.
The Head Teacher and PE Co-ordinators are committed to ensure that all pupils receive at least 2 hours of high quality well-planned PE per week delivered by confident and well-trained teachers. The successful delivery of the curriculum supports all aspects of Health Education within the school. Regular staff training is provided to teachers and TA's to keep them abreast of new initiatives, ensuring that PE is a high profile subject. Monitoring of lessons ensures that they are planned and delivered to a high quality, guaranteeing both pupil achievement and enjoyment. The school holds sports days as well as regular sporting festivals, during which children take part in a variety of events they may not have tried before. This culminates in traditional competitive races as well as sharing good practice.
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All teachers are encouraged to offer a PE club as an extra-curricular activity. Other staff are also involved: a member of our SENCO team runs the netball team and some TA’s help out with other clubs, such as cricket. Parent support is invaluable during extra-curricular activities and their skills and expertise are much appreciated. Their help in clubs, for example with cross country and the Area Sports competitions, enables a greater number of children to take part.
Four Oaks School takes a leading role within our local School Sports Partnership (SSP); the school takes part in a variety of partnership competitions and festivals for all year groups, across key stages, promoting inclusion as well as excellence. We also compete in competitions organised by other agencies including Aston Villa FC, Warwickshire CCC, Streetly Tennis Club, Premier Sports, Four Oaks Gymnastics Club, Four Oaks School of Soccer and festivals organised by the SSCo at our local secondary school for schools within the Four Oaks Cluster. Other agencies are used to enhance the variety of extra-curricular activities available for example Aston Villa FC provides professional football coaching for all year groups. Warwickshire CCC lead a six week cricket coaching programme in upper KS2 resulting in a competitions with local schools. Talented children are signposted to local clubs and events to encourage them to develop their skills.
Our equipment is up to date and regulated each term and new stock is brought each year and it is important that a large part of the budget is allocated towards P.E. provision throughout the school. All of our staff are provided with a black reversible P.E. jacket to wear during their lessons and if they are representing the school in other areas, as this demonstrates a positive ethos to children on how they should take pride in their P.E. kit as they would their school uniform as they can see teachers doing the same.
In 2013 Four Oaks Primary was awarded the Leading Aspects Award for Physical Education and Physical Activity. We are currently affiliated to Warwickshire CCC and registered with the Youth Sports Trust and will be working towards gaining the new afPE Quality Mark later this year. This is to ensure that we continue to set high standards and ensure that we are providing the best practice for our pupils.
Primary school experiences are pivotal to the children’s future perception of physical activity and the enthusiasm and enjoyment of the pupils at Four Oaks Primary School is testament to the passion and dedication of all staff. Pupils leave the school equipped to enjoy sport for all its health and social benefits. For those who relish the competitive element, they gain the skills, confidence and relevant experience to succeed at their chosen level and discipline.
The New 2014 Curriculum
Purpose of Study
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
Through our Four Oaks Primary School PE curriculum, we promise that pupils will discover and develop:
• the joy of moving and being physically active
• a deep sense of physical adeptness and accomplishment
• a strong sense of positive physical identity
• lifelong affiliations and powerful relationships
• a sense of personal glow, accomplishment and well-being
• a positive outlook on, and framework for living your life