Physical Education at Newton Ferrers Primary Academy is valued for its unique contribution to developing children’s physical, social, interpersonal and emotional skills. It provides
opportunities for children to be creative and competitive while learning to work with and respect others.
At Newton Ferrers, children learn a range of sports and skills in structured PE lessons. Every class has 2 hours of scheduled time committed to providing physical education. This includes aesthetic movement, competitive games, dance and gymnastics. Skills taught in this area are transferable and pupils are encouraged to value the benefit of competition and participation alongside the physical and mental health benefits of daily activity. The children across our school develop confidence and competence in performing different skills and build a resilience to overcome challenges as they arise. The school believe the importance of developing throwing, catching, jumping and running throughout children’s time in Primary School. Therefore, children are taught these skills in 4 lessons each half term to ensure confidence and progress in these key skills.
In the Foundation Stage, children are encouraged to access a wide range of physical activity provision throughout the indoor and outdoor classroom as well as taking part in set PE sessions. Physical Development is one of the areas in the Early Year Foundation Stage where children learn to explore, experiment and refine their social, gross and fine motor skills.
In Key Stage 1, children build on their early experiences and move into paired and group activities. They begin to play different games, explore and link actions, improve coordination and balance. They begin to express ideas and feelings about their own performances.
In Key Stage 2, children build on their previous experiences through a broader PE curriculum. They learn specific skills and refine and improve existing ones. The children develop confidence to evaluate their own and other performances and reflect on how they can improve. They learn to work as a team in pairs and small groups as well as taking part in competitive experiences so that they develop a greater awareness of the importance for their actions as well as winning.
We promote children being taught to swim proficiently. Pupils will be able to access swimming provision in KS2 to ensure children have the opportunity to become proficient swimmers. The school also offer water confidence and safety lessons for children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Promoting PE and Active Lifestyle outside of the curriculum:
A positive attitude towards active lifestyles is promoted and we aim to introduce children to
lifelong physical activity. This is provided by the children having access to a wide range of extracurricular sporting clubs which accommodate a wide variety of interests.
We believe in the importance of offering children with a broad range of opportunities and the
ability to work with specialists in curriculum areas. Children during their schooling here at
Newton Ferrers will work with specialist sports coaches to enhance their skills across the PE curriculum at least 20 sessions between Foundation and Year 6 including non-curriculum sports such as fencing. In KS2 pupils are provided with the opportunity to attend off site residential trips, taking part in a range of adventurous activities such as climbing,
The school are linked to the Ivybridge Community College Sports Partnership which offers children opportunities to compete in different sporting competitions up to level 3 (County level). The school are also supported weekly by a specialist PE teacher to continue to raise the standard of teaching of PE across the school.
Please see other documents for evidence of how the sports funding is spent and the year by year provision mapping.