Physical Education

At Danson Primary School PE is covered by our full time Sports Instructor and Sports Coach this is to ensure all children get the highest level of physical education possible. The Sports Instructor also works closely with teachers to raise PE standards throughout the school.

Our aim in Physical Education is to help the children learn more about their bodies through a programme of sporting fitness incorporating gymnastics, athletics, swimming, dance and games.

We actively promote healthy lifestyles so that children learn how to be healthy now and when they are adults.

A full competitive sporting programme has been developed with children from all years encouraged to take part at whatever level they can. A positive social attitude towards team games is fostered enabling the children to understand the importance of team work and co-operation.

Children have the opportunity to take part in a range of extra-curricular after school sports clubs.  Competitive games played are football, netball, hockey, athletics, rounders, swimming, cricket, tennis, golf and rugby.

Children have the opportunity to become Playground Leaders.  Playground leaders support younger children in organising and playing games at both playtime and lunchtime.

In Key Stage 1 this year we will be working on the following:

Key Stage 1

-Basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of different activities.

-Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

-Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 this year we will be working on the following:

-Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.

-Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.

-Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.

Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.

Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.

Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

In addition to this we also take years 5/6 to a local swimming baths weekly, where we currently employ 3 swimming coaches. We keep the groups small to provide children with the maximum opportunity to complete the curriculum target of being able to swim 25m independently by the time they leave year 6.