At Colerne we aim to promote great physical development however we also value the importance of developing the whole child; their personal, social and creative skills are taught throughout our Physical Education (PE) curriculum.
We believe that pupils should learn the value of healthy exercise, learn about themselves, their capabilities and their potential through an active PE curriculum. We provide opportunities for pupils to be imaginative, competitive and face up to different challenges as individuals, groups and teams. We are very proud to have been awarded the Gold Kite Mark for PE in 2014.
Our ideal is that pupils should reach their full potential as learners, as well as performers, encouraging them to work with and respect others.
We believe every child has an entitlement to PE and therefore we cater for a range of different abilities and needs by providing opportunities for every child to be challenged and experience success, this includes provision for our ‘Able and Interested’ children too.
We ensure a breadth and balance in PE provided through a variety of activities. These include invasion games (e.g. football, rugby, handball and netball) gymnastics, dance, athletics, striking and fielding games (e.g. rounders and cricket) and net games (e.g. tennis) We also do outdoor and adventurous activities.
We see the value in developing children’s personal and social qualities (self-esteem, self-confidence, empathy and positive attitudes) as well as their physical skills through PE.
Children learn to co-operate and share ideas, work as part of a group and help others. We also focus on basic fundamental movements such as balance, ball skills and agility.
Throughout their time at school the children will develop knowledge of safety factors and an appreciation of the principals of safe practice and understand the contribution and benefits of taking part in physical activities to health and fitness.
PE is taught by a combination of class teachers and PE and sport specialist coaches in partnership, thereby building teacher confidence and expertise as well as providing the highest quality of PE experiences.
We receive specific PE and School Sport Pupil Premiuim funding. Check out on our school website how we have spent this and the impact it is having for our children.
Swimming is part of the National Curriculum and an essential life skill. The Government minimum requirement states that, “all children should be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively… and perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations”.
Children across KS1 and KS2 are invited to take part in swimming lessons during the year, we are particularly targeting those children who are non-swimmers or lacking confidence in water so that, by the time they leave primary school they can fulfill at least the minimum requirement and often exceed this with confidence. Lessons are provided at our local swimming pool and led by qualified swimming instructors. A contribution is sought to cover the cost of pool hire, instructors and lifeguards, and coach travel. We also encourage links with local swimming clubs and classes to further promote swimming opportunities.
We provide a range of after school and lunchtime sports clubs run by our teachers or specialist coaches throughout the year. These include: hockey, football, Latin/line dancing, rounders, cricket, netball, tennis, gymnastics, tag-rugby, handball, street dance, lacrosse, multi-sport, cheer aerobics and dodge ball. These clubs are all free of charge, they may change throughout the year dependent on our sporting calendar.
We also proactively build links with other local clubs thereby further enhancing children’s sporting opportunities.
As a school we are very proud to be able to participate in sporting events and team game competitions, both within school and further afield. The pleasure, skills and team-spirit gained by pupils is wonderful to see. Colerne CE School enters many tournaments and festivals throughout the year. These include: football, hockey, tag rugby, netball, cricket, swimming galas, cross-country events, athletics, handball and lacrosse. At these events we often support Corsham Lypiatt School, supplying additional players, as they are too small to field a full team; this is just another lovely way for our children to show the right attitude in sport.
We welcome any parents who are qualified sports coaches or have an interest in sport to support the children in their after school clubs or competitions. We do ask for parents to support with transport for their child to participate in sporting events.
At Colerne CE School we have children who lead many aspects of PE. We have Huff and Puff play leaders at lunchtime, supporting a wide range of fun activities for the other children, we have children who help coach and lead certain activities within PE lessons and we have a Sports Council. It was the Sports Council, in partnership with our Headteacher who submitted our successful bid for the Sports Kite Mark Gold Award.
In 2013-2014 we had a whole school PE focus on physical development culminating in an exciting curriculum evening for Mums and Dads with their children, this proved both rewarding and highly enjoyable for the 150 participants and went a long way to further enhance parent’s awareness and appreciation of PE in school.
Changing for PE is compulsory on the grounds of health and hygiene. PE clothes should be kept in a named bag and be available in school all week. Shorts and a T-shirt should be worn for P.E with trainers and a warm top for outdoor games.
Y1/2 PE lesson
Y1/2 PE lesson
Learning new golf skills
Taking part in the Lacrosse Festival