At Godinton Primary School, we deliver a broad, balanced and progressive curriculum, designed to be inclusive for all children. This develops the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, social, emotional and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. With a curriculum that focuses on games, athletics, gymnastics, dance and outdoor adventurous activities breadth and balance is provided giving all children ideas and interests to pursue outside of school and which will enhance life-long fitness, inspiring children to continue participating in sport and physical activity into adulthood.
Children learn basic skills and specific aspects linked with each sport before taking part in games and are given opportunities throughout the year for competition, team work and self-assessment. Gymnastics lessons enable children to develop gymnastic sequences and skills as floor work or on larger pieces of apparatus. Dance lessons allow children the opportunity to explore their personal and spiritual identity and to respond to different types of music such as jive, disco or classical. So whether the children have aspirations to play for England or appear on Strictly, our curriculum offers suitable variety.
Physical fitness is extended into aspects of daily school life, not just isolated in PE lessons. Children are encouraged to be active at playtime and equipment is provided to enhance this experience. Our ‘Fitness in Fifteen’ track around the school field provides opportunity for regular bursts of exercise during the school day to develop physical fitness.
At Godinton Primary School, we have designed our curriculum to ensure that it is varied across both Key Stage 1 and 2. All pupils receive at least two dedicated PE lessons each week using our vast outside space (field or playground) or school hall.
Our PE curriculum is sequenced to ensure progression of knowledge and skills throughout a child’s primary education, thus enabling children to build upon prior experiences and apply these fluently, with confidence.
Children take part in a range of invasion, striking & fielding or net & wall games. We promote imagination and creativity in gymnastics and dance as well as provide opportunities for athletics using both indoor and outdoor environments. Outdoor and adventurous activities are also included in our curriculum. Swimming lessons are also offered to all children in Year 3 to enable them to become confident in the water and develop competent stroke technique.
Inter and intra sports competitions are a valuable part of the school PE curriculum. Although we value and enjoy the competitive nature of sport, we also appreciate and encourage the importance of children ‘having a go’ and promote positive experiences of being physically active and not always participate to win. We have an inclusive approach and value the importance of physical and mental well-being.
A wide range of after school clubs are offered to our pupils at Godinton Primary School and attendance at afterschool clubs is very good. In addition to after school clubs run by our school staff, we have a number of external club providers that increases the provision available to our children this includes gymnastics, football and Irish dancing.
The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the National Curriculum and it is organised across seven areas of learning. Our EYFS PE Curriculum is designed around the most relevant statements taken from the Early Learning Goals in the EYFS statutory framework and the Development Matters document. In EYFS, Physical Education falls within Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Expressive Arts & Design areas of learning.
It is our aim that when children at Godinton Primary School finish their first year of school and move into Year 1, they will be able to:
At Godinton Primary School, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the opportunities to develop skills and to achieve their personal best in all branches of physical education. We encourage our pupils to be physically active as this has positive implications on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. We want our children to enjoy PE and develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they go on to pursue outside of school. Our children are proud of their sporting achievements; we celebrate effort and success at team and individual level.