Physical Education & School sport
'Physically educated persons should be defined as those who have learned to arrange their lives in such a way that the physical activities they freely engage in make a distinctive contribution to their wider flourishing' James MacAllister
At Merton Park Primary all children in KS1 & KS2 have two hours of PE timetabled each week. PE at Merton Park covers the six main areas of the National Curriculum which are dance, gymnastics, games, swimming, athletics, and outdoor and adventurous activities. Swimming is offered for children in Yr 3 and 4.
Children in Nursery, Reception and KS1 develop the fundamental skills such as aiming and throwing, balance, co-ordination, control and movement. In KS2 children are able to use these fundamental skills to develop their knowledge and understanding of invasion games such as football, netball, tag rugby and hockey. KS2 children also have the opportunity to develop their skills in striking and fielding games such as cricket and rounders, together with net games such as tennis.
Alongside the PE curriculum, children participate in lunchtime and after school sports clubs including dance, gymnastics, football, netball, cricket, athletics and tag rugby. A selection of these are offered at different times throughout the school year and to different year groups.
At Merton Park, we aim to establish a sporting culture that enables and encourages all children to play and enjoy sport. In addition to PE lessons and sporting clubs we aim to achieve this through:
- The attendance of inter-school competitions and participation in friendly matches with local schools.
- Organising an extra five-minute exercise activity for every pupil, led by class teachers, each day.
- Our school sports leadership programme for Year 5 pupils.
- Hosting a termly all school running ‘Parkrun’ themed running event.
- Holding school playground competitions linked to key international sporting events such as the football world cup.
- Arranging sport workshops for children to experience new sports such as skipping and skateboarding.
- Maintaining strong links with local sports clubs such as Old Ruts, Wilton Tennis and AFC Wimbledon and encouraging pathways for talented pupils via such organisations.
Purpose of study
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
At Merton Park we want all children to:
- be able to work co-operatively in a team.
- develop and understand the importance of resilience and growth mindset.
- be able to use and apply sportsmanship attitudes and qualities.
- have an opportunity to participate in events and competitions, representing their school.
- understand the benefits of exercise and sports on their mental health.
- understand the benefits of exercise and sports in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills.
- be able to develop and progress their skills, regardless of level or ability.
- have access to a full, wide ranging and inclusive curriculum.
- be able to experience and develop skills, which are both fine motor and gross motor based.
- understand the lifelong importance of being active.
Primary Schools’ Sports Funding
What is the Sports Premium?
The Government provides funding to improve provision of PE and sport in primary schools.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. The Sports Premium should be used carefully to lead to raised standards and opportunities in PE and school sport for all children throughout the primary phase.