At Leesland Junior School, Physical Education is vital in its contribution to a pupil's physical and emotional development and health. The aims and objectives of the PE curriculum focus on the mastery of key skills including: co-ordination and control of the body, maintenance and improvement of mobility and flexibility, maintenance and improvement of strength and fitness, and development of the capacity to sustain exercise. In addition to this, we promote an understanding of the many benefits of exercise for psychological wellbeing.
The Physical Education curriculum, at Leesland Junior School, aims to provide a systematic programme, which contains a balance of individual, paired, group, team and cooperative and competitive activities. This will develop pupil's self-confidence through an ability to manage themselves in a variety of situations. This programme is based upon progressive learning objectives that, combined with varied and flexible teaching styles, endeavour to provide stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning situations for all pupils.
- PE at Leesland Junior School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure.
- The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met through access to a well embedded long term planning map, high quality planning units which provide appropriate differentiation, support, challenge and competition, high quality resources with up to date (and regularly monitored) equipment, and specialist PE teaching (such as Pompey in the Community and Swim School Academy.) In addition to this, PE is assessed termly, yearly and school gates results/ inter competitions are tracked.
- Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunch time sports clubs are available each day (including a targeted club for non active children) and children can attend after school sport clubs.
- Children are regularly invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach, which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. Events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children, as well as providing purposeful competition for the skills learnt in school.
- Each year a small group of Year 6 children are invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs, our annual Sports day and any other Sporting activities.
- Children participate in additional workshops in the local community covering a variety of sports throughout the year, often outside of the National Curriculum. For example: bowls, outdoor and adventure, again providing the children with an opportunity to develop, improve their fitness and to try something new.
- Children swim once a week for a term over the year. We then repeat the weekly course later in school, Summer term, for any children that are still unable to swim.
- Children take part in the “Daily Ten”, ‘Daily Challenges’, lunchtime organised football games and Friday’s weekly disco to help meet the government target of all children being active for at least 60 minutes a day.
At Leesland Junior School, we help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.
Our PE display board (situated near the office end of the school) keeps everyone in our school up to date with the latest PE news. It includes out Sport’s Crew, latest results of the Hampshire School Games/ Virtual Games, our football results and any additional PE that is going on around our school.
What our pupils say about Physical Education
We do lots of activities that cover lots of different sports like rugby, football, bench ball, hand ball netball, athletics, gymnastics and swimming (and extreme tag!) We also use the apparatus a lot for gymnastics and lots of equipment, especially in athletics.
I enjoy getting out and doing exercise.
We feel safe in PE – adults give us support, and remind us of the rules (e.g. keep to a specific height).
In gymnastics, I really like starting on the smaller equipment so I can practice and develop my confidence.
The Leesland Mini Marathon was good fun and I loved doing it with my friends.
ACTIVE 360 PE
As a school we have worked with Active360 to develop our teaching of PE. Their Active Schools Programme aims to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils by using the power of physical activity, sport coaching and education. Children not only improve their physical literacy but also understand and improve their mental and social wellbeing.