Physical Education (PE) at Wisborough Green Primary School is focussed on developing competence in skills and a positive, competitive attitude to sport, alongside the importance of physical activity in creating a healthy lifestyle. We aim to show children that being healthy is not a chore but instead is a major contributing factor to their physical and mental wellbeing. By developing this link in childhood, we hope to provide children with a positive attitude towards their own health into adulthood.
During their time at Wisborough Green, children participate in a wide range of games, sports and activities through PE lessons, Forest School and extra-curricular clubs. These may include:
- Maypole Dancing.
PE at Wisborough Green School is introduced to children in a context that allows them to develop and build on their understanding. As children become more confident, they are encouraged to extend their learning to suit their ability level. They are given tools to make games and activities more challenging if they are comfortable in their ability, and are scaffolded through small group work, additional resources or teacher input if they are struggling with a particular aspect of their learning.
All of this means that children share the same access to the whole curriculum provided, whilst also benefitting from a learning experience tailored more specifically to their individual needs wherever possible.
We subscribe to The PE Hub, a provider of high-quality PE resources designed to help our children from Reception to Year 6 to improve and develop a range of skills, learn cooperation and self-reflection, have fun and develop a lifelong love of sport and physical activity!
Children are encouraged to develop skills in the following fields across a wide range of sports:
- Attack, defend, shoot
- Hit, catch, run
- Send and return
- Run, jump, throw.
In Early Years, children start their physical education by learning to negotiate space and obstacles and developing their strength, balance and coordination. This includes opportunities to improve confidence and competence in ball games as well as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.
Our Year 5 and 6 classes enjoy swimming lessons from high-quality coaches at Billingshurst Swimming Pool throughout the year. We are proud to continue our tradition of having 100% of children confidently able to swim 25m and perform safe self-rescue before leaving school at the end of Key Stage 2.
Every class takes part in their own Bike Week held during the summer term, where they have exclusive use of our outdoor environment in which to learn how to ride a bike safely and develop a range of cycling skills. In their final year, all children complete Bikeability, the government’s national cycle training programme that helps children learn practical skills and understand how to cycle on today’s roads.
Teachers are not only committed to providing the highest level of Physical Education in each of their sessions, but also develop their own practice through the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme provided by Albion in the Community.
In addition, Wisborough Green regularly take part in physical challenges throughout the year at a wide range of sporting events hosted by The Weald Community School in Billingshurst and other county or local inter-school competitions. These events provide excellent opportunities across school for children to express their growing enjoyment of PE as well as helping to develop a positive relationship with competition. To promote inclusivity, we also engage in activities to involve and encourage the least active children.
Wisborough Green Primary School has been proud to receive the Gold School Games Mark each year since 2016 for our commitment to the development of competition across the school and into the community.
Each year we celebrate our love of PE with our whole school Sports Day, where children take part in a carousel of activities, organised by our class Sports Leaders, scoring points for their house team. This is followed by running races for each year group, where children are awarded points and medals. Parents are invited to encourage their children and celebrate their children’s efforts and achievements.