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.
P.E. and school sport play a very important part in the life of Michael Drayton Junior School. We believe that P.E. and school sport contribute to the holistic development of our children and through participation, building and learning more about our key values such as respect, co-operation and kindness for themselves and others.
Children will receive a minimum of 2 hours P.E. time a week and will learn skills to take part in a multitude of areas including dance, gymnastics, athletics and a wide range of sports – both team based and individual. We are well resourced for the teaching of P.E., with two heavily utilised indoor halls, as well as ample field space for outdoor activities.
The development of swimming skills is also statutory at primary level, so every class at Michael Drayton Junior School will be timetabled a block of swimming lessons during year,s 4 and 5 which will replace one of their P.E. sessions for the duration of that period.
Pupils will also benefit from school funded specialist Sport Coaches who will delivery weekly games sessions to all pupils, in addition to a PE Specialist who will assist in the delivery of PE and lead Games lessons and After School Sports Clubs.
The school also offers a wide range of after school clubs, many of which can contribute to participants’ engagement in physical exercise and the development of specific sporting skills. These options include horse riding, cross country, football and netball, to name just a few. Please be aware that there is high demand for these clubs so places are limited for each term.
Michael Drayton Junior School also upholds the long standing tradition in UK schools of hosting an annual sports day. These days are organised as a celebration of sporting achievement and enjoyment. We aim to encourage and instill a sense of competition on both a personal and team level, as well as giving children the chance to compete in a wide range of sporting activities.