“Exercise is not only a key to physical health but to peace of mind.” - Nelson Mandela
Our curriculum develops pupils to be physically active and excel in a range of physical activities. Children learn new skills, both individually and as part of a team. We strive to build a lifelong enthusiasm for staying healthy and being active.
Our PE Curriculum, along PSHE and science, teaches children about the importance of healthy living and the need for good nutrition.
We provide children with the opportunity to take part in competitive sports and other physically demanding activities.
In our curriculum opportunities exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom, for example, a residential visit to an outdoor education centre where they will experience activities such a canoeing, caving, climbing, abseiling and archery and develop skills such as teamwork, resilience and problem-solving.
An agreed Scheme of Work (GETSET4PE) is used across the school to support with learning and teaching the National Curriculum in Physical Education.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we recognise the importance of Physical Development in many ways throughout the day and see it as a key area of learning. There are two strands that fall under physical development - Gross Motor and Fine Motor. At Olga, all children have access to activities both indoors and outdoors that promote energetic play on a daily basis, providing the opportunity to develop fundamental skills. EYFS children also take part in one physical development lesson per week with the school’s PE instructor to develop the skills to become more confident using equipment and their bodies safely.
Children build on their learning in KS1 and KS2 through following clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. Children have two taught physical education sessions per week led by teacher and a specialist sports coach. The children develop fundamental skills in a range of activities such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. We support children to develop team working skills and communication, before introducing competitive games (sports specific). Dance and Gymnastics develop balance, agility and coordination, which are essential for our children’s gross motor skills. Children in Year 5 are provided with swimming sessions, with an aim that by the end of their primary education they can swim at least 25 metres and know how to remain safe in and around water.
In addition to the curriculum at Olga, we also provide children with a variety of opportunities to build on their skills further.
• Inter Events Children will have access to competing against pupils from other schools.
• Intra Events Half termly all pupils will have access to competing against pupils within school.
• Displays in school will celebrate involvement in PE.
• Extended Schools Children will have access to PE outside of the school day.
Playtimes are an important part of our pupils being happy, healthy and ready to learn. We have a well-staffed and equipped playground, boasting a MUGA area, a pirate ship (which includes climbing ropes, a climbing wall, monkey bars, a floating bridge and a firefighter’s pole), skipping ropes and an outdoor area specifically for the EYFS children. We also have a trim trail which was designed to provide opportunities for children to develop and improve fundamental skills using various body parts.
To develop leadership and communication skills, we have adopted a new scheme called GLAMS where girls in year 4 and 5 can apply to become a girl’s Active Leader, which is a responsible role to encourage girls to be more active in school and in the wider community. Children selected are positive role-models for their peers and other members of the school, organising lunchtime games and activities.
At Olga Primary School, we recognise the importance of being physically active throughout the school day. Throughout the day, classes have the option to log onto ‘GETSET4PE’ and complete activities known as brain breaks; these cover a range of topics across the curriculum.
This year we launched the ‘Daily Mile’ to help meet the government target of all children being physically active for 60 minutes per day.