The PE and Sport curriculum within The Warriner MAT develops the enjoyment of physical activity and strives to improve the importance of health and wellbeing. Our intention is to give children the opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding and apply these in competitive situations, with the vision this provides them with lifelong learning skills. Children are helped to acquire the skills needed to participate with confidence and enjoyment in a range of individual team activities at school and in the wider community, and to appreciate the place of regular exercise as a way of keeping fit. We ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when participating in different sporting activities, engaging them in a range of sports to develop a passion for being active, healthy and the confident, and to try new things and build resilience and determination with all they do.
Our PE curriculum covers the knowledge and skills outlined in the National Curriculum and ensures all children are given opportunities to be challenged to progress their learning further. Through our teaching of PE, we aim to deliver the lessons in a meaningful context, giving purpose and wherever possible curricular links are exploited, particularly links with Maths, British Values, and SMSC. All children take part in a minimum of two hours of high-quality PE and sporting activities each week.
A well-balanced programme of sporting activities is provided for the children that includes opportunities for expressive and creative movement through dance, as well as gymnastics, swimming, athletics, games, and outdoor and adventurous pursuits. Learning through co-operative and competitive activities helps to promote an understanding of inter-personal relationships. Children take part in sporting activities within the school, and with other schools, including local and county tournaments and competitions. Physical Education is enriched through a wide range of well-attended after-school clubs and activities including football, athletics, archery and other outdoor adventurous activities. Such opportunities enable pupils to develop personal and social skills as well as preparing them for leisure activities in adult life.
During Key Stage 2, all pupils within The Warriner MAT take part in a residential visit at an Activity Centre; this is arranged by individual schools. A range of outdoor and adventurous pursuits are offered at the request of each school. We value these opportunities for our pupils to participate in physically challenging land and water-based activities, believing they can make an important contribution to children’s personal and social development.
Dance within the PE Curriculum
“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon.” Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat
Dance transforms images, ideas and feelings into sequences of movement that are personally and socially significant.
Dance allows people to discover, explore and develop their natural instincts for movement, enabling students of dance to develop not only their motor skills but also their mental and emotional personalities.
The National Curriculum states that in Key Stage 1, pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. In Key Stage 2, pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.