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Active At Home Challenges

Active at home challenges: try to do at least one challenge every day or as many as you can manage. Check with an adult that you have a safe space to move in, all challenges can be done with things you will find around your house. Remember to keep active, keep improving and keep smiling!

At Pool C of E we embed our Christian Values in the teaching of Physical Education,we provide opportunities to compete in sport where we build resilience, trust and respect. We have also invested in Team Buidling activiites which have proved very popular and helped children develop and increase their social and communication skills. 

Our physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities.  Our curriculum also provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We have signed up to Active Schools for the past four years. Active Schools are an experienced service who work with schools to support the delivery of high quality physical activity, PE and sport. We have worked collaboratively with Active Schools to ensure our children receive quality opportunities through participation in fun events and festivals. Active Schools promotes sports in our local area and community, which the children really enjoy participating in.

We have also been working on developing 'Active Learning' so children are not only active in their PE lessons, but throughout their school day.  A few of the resources we like to use to encourage Active Learning are:

PE is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. Our school uses the objectives from the curriculum as the basis for the planning in weekly PE lessons, ensuring pupils have access to 2 hours of PE a week. PE is taught by individual class teachers and coaches who together take responsibility for planning, resourcing and delivering this area of the curriculum. Our sports provider ACES provide some CPD sessions for staff to develop their knoweledge and confidence in areas of PE they want to learn more about. 

In EYFS, we encourage the physical development of our children in the reception class as an integral part of their work. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age. We encourage the children to develop confidence and control of the way they move, and the way they handle equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.

As the children move into Key stage 1 the learning from EYFS is connected to the development a greater understanding of fundamental movement skills, which include balance, agility and co-ordination. This enables them to develop physical skill and an understanding of the movements of their body, particularly in the use of space, time and energy. The effect of exercise on their body is also explored. These skills are explored through the themes of dance, games and gymnastics lessons. The children are also introduced and exposed to a range of sporting activities in which they will learn how to participate in games and are introduced to the concept of attacking and defending.

The learning from Key Stage 1 is connected with Key Stage 2, where the children use their previous learning with more control and understanding in dance and gymnastics. They develop increased tactical thinking in games (teams, invasion, throwing and striking) and athletics, in which they apply and develop a broader range of skills and use these with increasing confidence, control, and technique.

Children are taught the importance of Physical Education on their health and the role exercise plays in contributing to healthy lifestyle and life choices. This is developed through lessons with a focus on fitness throughout the curriuculum, working hand in hand with the work we complete in PSHE where we promote the importance of using fitness to support our mental health and wellbeing.

In addition, swimming is taught in Year 3 with the expectation that all children leave being able to confidently swim 25m.Water safety is taught in every year group. 



Pool-in-Wharfedale CE Primary School Arthington Lane, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, LS21 1LG