At Ewelme, we do our utmost to fulfil the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and more, when planning for PE. There is a wide range of Physical Education that needs to be covered in a year and we do this as sensibly as we can within the constraints of our timetable and the likely weather conditions of the seasons.
In KS1 the National Curriculum calls for Games, Dance and Gymnastics:
‘Pupils should be taught to:
- master 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 activities
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.’
Swimming is optional for KS1 but must be taught in either KS1 or 2.
‘In Key Stage 2, pupils should be taught to:
- 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 [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- 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’
Children in both key stages are taught PE by a specialist teacher for at least 50% of their lessons. In the Autumn, they cover games, skills and tactics as well as multi-sport fitness, which can be taught out of doors fairly reliably up to Christmas. From Christmas to Easter when the weather is likely to be inclement, it is sensible to book the Village Hall rather than have to be constantly changing plans at the last minute, and to use this space mainly for Gym and Dance – but maintaining the PE curriculum aims of providing structured, healthy exercise and fitness opportunities. Swimming and Games are also taught at Berinsfield over the Autumn and Spring Terms. From Easter onwards, it is reasonable to suppose that the weather will allow regular outdoor activity. So the lessons are in Games, Athletics and Fitness over the Summer Term using the pitch on the school field.
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Sports clubs outside of Ewelme Primary School
If you visit the the South Oxfordshire District Council website at www.southoxon.gov.uk/holidays you can see what activities are on offer for young people throughout the holidays. Also, the following provides a directory of sports clubs across the district www.southoxon.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Club