Within EYFS, PE is one of the prime areas, which are deemed to be crucial for igniting children’s enthusiasm and curiosity to learn. PE involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement.
From year 1 to year 6, children are taught PE twice per week with the planning and assessment based upon Core Assessment Tasks and Durham Assessment Tasks. These tasks are split into five key areas: Athletics, Dance, Games, Gymnastics and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. Teachers plan lessons to deepen children’s knowledge and understanding to enable all children to acquire and apply physical, mental and leadership skills across the curriculum.
In year 3 children are given the opportunity to begin to learn to swim and then they attend further sessions in year 4. We aim for all children to be able to swim at least 25m and also to know how to be safe around water before they leave our school so we also offer top-up sessions for any children who have not achieved their 25m award by year 5 and 6.
All pupils are encouraged to take part in a range of tournaments and sports festivals both within school (intra-school competitions) between year groups and house teams and also with other schools (inter-school competitions) through the Sedgefield School Sports Partnership.
Furthermore, a number of sporting after school clubs are offered at various times throughout the year to encourage participation and competition as well as ensuring that our pupils are regularly active, including tag rugby, dodgeball, netball, dance, rounders and football. This year, following staff training, we have also been able to introduce boxing as an extra curricular activity.
PE is a compulsory national curriculum subject across all 4 key stages. 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
We are part of the Sedgefield School Sport Partnership (SSP) and we utilise SSP coaches to support the delivery of our PE lessons by helping to up skill our staff. Miss Potts (our PE coordinator) attends regular meetings with the SSP including subject leader training and other members of staff also access relevant courses to improve their teaching of the subject.
The SSP also run a wide range of competitions and festivals that our pupils have the opportunity to attend and in recent years this has included netball and football leagues, basketball, athletics, gymnastics multi skills and tag rugby festivals.
Fit for Life Festival
We are so proud of the 12 children from years 5 and 6 who attended the Sedgefield School Sport Partnership Fit for Life festival. We had two teams, green and orange, and all of the children gave 100% effort to each of the activities, pushing themselves to their movement and fitness limits. We did a carousel of workouts, including squats, press ups, monkey walks, lunges and techniques with the pole and after all of the scores were counted, our green team were the champions with our orange team finishing in third place. Most importantly, the children all said they had a brilliant time and they enjoyed all of the exercise!
Physical Education in Action
PE and sport are a vital part of Dean Bank Primary and Nursery school. In addition to our PE lessons, we are given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and attend festivals and competitions within school and against other schools in our cluster. Look out for details of our events here and on the school Facebook page – there is always something exciting taking place!
In 2019, we started to take part in Team Up, which is a programme designed by the SSP and Hannah Bell Clarity that blends the positive powers of physical activity and mental wellbeing techniques to improve the lives of all involved! As a school, we are dedicated to providing our pupils with a variety of tools to stay happy and healthy so they can achieve their potential and Team Up is a great programme to support this.
The programme involves working with staff as well as pupils including lessons from the SSP taught in years 4, 5 and 6 as the children learn about ‘The Brainy Bunch’ which are brain chemicals in the form of characters to engage the children. Our staff have all completed 2 days of staff training ‘Team Up Staff’ and this resulted in staff discovering more about themselves and each other and how we can help ourselves and our pupils to be healthier.
Some of the staff even took part in a Team Up Staff netball competition organised through the SSP, where we played against 7 other teams from the area. We were delighted to be the winning team! We have also been involved in a colour run and a Fit for Life contest!
We are trying hard to become a more active school. Here are some photos from one of our morning runs.
School Sport Organising Crew (SSOC)
At Dean Bank we have a very dedicated School Sport Organising Crew (SSOC) who assist Miss Potts with sports leadership within school. The SSOC help to plan events, organise clubs, monitor PE equipment, write reports about events and encourage other pupils to be more active amongst many other exciting things! Please follow the SSOC link to find out more information.
School Games Award
During the school year 2017/2018 all children were provided with a school PE kit.
Parents are expected to replace their child’s PE kit when they outgrow it. T-shirts, shorts and bag are available to buy from the school office at a cost of £10, individual items are available for £3.50.
PE kit consists of:
- Red t-shirt
- Black Shorts
- Black Plimsolls
- Tracksuit (outdoor lessons)
- Trainers (outdoor lessons)
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in KS1 or KS2. Please view how Swimming is taught to pupils at Dean Bank Primary.
81% – perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Y6 – 87.5% use a range of strokes effectively
Y6 – 87.5% swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
Y6 – 87.5% perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
PE Achievements Outside of School
Lots of our pupils attend sports clubs outside of school and have some great achievements that we should be proud of.
If you attend a sports club outside of school and have some news to share, please contact Miss Potts. We would love to feature your achievements on the website and our sports notice board in school.
You can view some of our archived PE and Sports events on our website.