At Foxhills Junior School our goal is to develop the children’s physical competence and confidence during physical activities. The PE curriculum is designed to develop the children’s physical competence and confidence through skill based, fun and exciting lessons in which we seek to develop and embed our values of CLEAR. We fundamentally believe that sport, and participation in sport, supports the development of all of our children. Physical activity through break times and the school is important and has many benefits in which some include: offering opportunities to try new activities, making new friends, leading activities/ games, improves mental well-being and helps improve focus and concentration and these are just some of the benefits
Across the school, PE is timetable for two hours each week, where every class is taught using a scheme called Real PE, Real Gym and Dance, which focuses on developing key skills and key fundamental movement skills through, which they should then apply them to a competitive game. Throughout the term sport specific activities (e.g. hockey, tennis, tag rugby) are taught where they apply their skills from the REAL PE sessions. Year 5 children complete a swimming programme in line with the end of KS2 expectations.
The children are taught athletics (vortex, standing long jump, standing triple jump, shot put, sprint and long distance running) where they are encouraged to try and beat their personal best. At the start and middle of the term, each child records their score/ time and then on Sports Day tries to beat their own score to earn a coloured star – yellow through to gold. The aim of this is that the children will see a marked improvement in their athletic skills through their journey from Year 3 to Year 6.
To promote a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally, everyday the whole school participate in a daily walk around the all weather track. The children are encouraged to travel using a brisk walk, skip or jog and the children’s stamina should increase throughout their time at Foxhills. During breaktimes, all children are encouraged to have a snack which is under 100 calories.
During break times, the children have access to a wide variety of equipment (badminton, table tennis, go karts, basketballs, Jenga, throwing games, archery), outdoor adventure trail, gym equipment and a fitness track, which helps to further promote physical activity.
To promote the use of equipment the children have the opportunity to be a Play Leader with the main objective to be encouraging play and organising games.
We are keen to promote participation in sport and we offer a number of sporting clubs before school, lunchtime and after school. We are keen to involve as many children, ensuring focus on engaging the less active and PP children, as possible in competitions and sports festivals, so we participate in many of the events organised by NFSSP; this is made possible with our School Minibus.
Through delivering our Sport and PE curriculum,
- children feel confident to participate in a range of physical activities for a sustained period of time
- there is increased engagement of children in a competitive environment
- children are aware of how to lead a healthy active life.