At Willow Primary School, we believe that all children can find enjoyment and satisfaction from taking part in physical activity and P.E. is promoted as an important part of our curriculum.
We offer a wide range of sports within the curriculum and extra curricular sports clubs are available each day after school. We are a successful sporting school and our cross country, football, gymnastics, swimming, cricket and athletics teams have competed successfully in local, regional and national competitions and tournaments.
Our aim in teaching P.E. is:
- to acquire new, and develop existing, skills and be able to select and apply these in a variety of situations.
- to develop a knowledge and understanding of fitness and health by fostering a positive attitude towards physical activities.
- to develop a feeling of enjoyment and achievement through providing opportunities to express ideas and feelings in a form of non verbal communication.
- to develop positive attitudes to physical endeavour including perseverance, fair play and sporting behaviour and the ability to cope with success and failure.
We use the Primary Steps in PE scheme; an innovative scheme of work which includes progression plans and resources from Foundation up to Year 6 across all areas of the PE curriculum.
All pupils have the opportunity to participate in and experience gymnastics, dance, swimming, games, outdoor and adventurous activities and athletics.
Our curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children at Willow, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about our Learning Superpowers (Resilience, Evaluation, Collaboration and Investigation), self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.
PE in Reception/ Foundation Stage
PE is a very important part of learning and children become more confident using gross motor skills. By the end of their time in Reception class, they will have good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Children will be able to use various pieces of apparatus. Pupils have 1 taught PE lesson inside focusing on motor skills and physical development. Pupils have continual access to large climbing equipment, bikes scooters, balls, and large building blocks.
We offer Bikeability training to pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 each year.
This training is designed to give children the skills and experience to cycle safely and confidently. It is Cycling Proficiency for the 21st century and involves cycling in both an off-road playground environment and on roads around the vicinity of the school.
Children enjoy cycling and of course it brings many health benefits, develops confidence and gives them independence. Children who have been trained are much safer and, in addition, tend to cycle more.
Children take the Level One course on the school playground. To progress onto the Level Two training course the following day, there will be an expectation that children can ride a bike already, are able to balance on their bike, look behind them without wobbling and hold a signal for at least 3 seconds. They also go out on quiet local roads close to school during the Level Two training course. Children receive a certificate and badge for achieving the Level One course and the Level Two course.
After school and Breakfast clubs
We offer a range of extended schools clubs that promote health, fitness and sport.
Our clubs include Street Dance, Cheer-leading, Tae Kwon Do, Hockey, Football with Doncaster Rovers, Basketball, Military Boot Camp style with Scotties Heroes and Yoga.
The Daily Mile
All children in Key Stage 2 take part in the Daily Mile each day.
PE is taught by our full time specialist Sports Coach and Sports Apprentice as well as class teachers. Our Year 5 pupils have swimming lessons at the local pool.